TRIPPED Se­ries One

Slid­ers for ston­ers

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

re­leased OUT NOW! 2015 | 15 | DVD

Di­rec­tor Jamie Stone

Cast Blake Har­ri­son, Ge­orge Web­ster,

Ge­orgina Camp­bell, Richard Gadd

Blake Har­ri­son is best known as Neil in The In­be­tween­ers. Here he’s Danny, a less dense but sim­i­larly im­ma­ture chap, who finds him­self lost in a suc­ces­sion of par­al­lel uni­verses after a ma­niac with a sword ma­te­ri­alises in his home.

Along for the ride is Milo ( Ge­orge Web­ster), Danny’s best friend. He’s un­happy that his mate is get­ting mar­ried to Kate ( Ge­orgina Camp­bell) and feels rejected. To­gether the two must find their way home and re­solve their per­sonal is­sues.

There’s a host of in­flu­ences here – ev­ery­thing from Bill And Ted to 2000 AD’s stranger strips. Think Slid­ers with more swear­ing and a glee­fully bounc­ing willy, and you’re close to Tripped’s pe­cu­liar tone. And it more or less works. The cen­tral theme – that Milo is mourn­ing his youth as well as the “loss” of his mate – is a strong one. And though it’s a sci- fi com­edy, it thank­fully doesn’t re­sort to end­less pop cul­ture ref­er­ences.

Un­for­tu­nately, it’s never quite as en­ter­tain­ing as it could be. Too of­ten the show mis­takes shout­ing and swear­ing for jokes. Mis­fits cap­tured that tone bet­ter, and had more heart. The stoner- schtick, mean­while, wears thin very quickly. Jamie Mathieson co- cre­ated the show, but it lacks the punch of his work on Doc­tor Who.

Tripped does, how­ever, show prom­ise in the sea­son’s sec­ond half. A run­ning gag about Peter An­dre gets a su­perb pay­off; the third episode, set in a world on the brink of nu­clear an­ni­hi­la­tion, is fun­nier and more af­fect­ing than the pre­vi­ous two; while a sat­is­fy­ing fi­nale wraps things up. If more episodes are forth­com­ing, per­haps they will see the show de­velop into some­thing truly in­ter­est­ing. Un­til then, how­ever, it’s all a lit­tle half- baked.

Ex­tras None. Will Salmon

Tripped started as an un­aired pi­lot called ALT, star­ring Gethin An­thony as Danny and Craig Roberts as Milo.

Mis­takes shout­ing and swear­ing for jokes

“Didn’t you get the memo about the dress code? Ripped jeans only, pal.”

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