I'm always on the look out for new shows to occupy my days. Thus, doing my usual scavenger hunt, I came across this new UK show called Tripped. I was really intrigued and interested by the premise of the show. Tripped is a sci-fi comedy show and proved itself to be a lot of fun.
Here's the description:
"Blake Harrison (The Inbetweeners) stars as Danny, an average 24-year-old who has been friends with stoner Milo (George Webster) since they were kids. But then Danny decides it’s time to grow up, settle down and marry long-term girlfriend Kate (played by BAFTA winner Georgina Campbell), whereas Milo continues to focus on getting high.
One night Milo takes a particularly strong batch of hallucinogens, and Danny appears in his living room – except the real Danny’s at his engagement party, and the real Danny doesn’t normally carry a sword! This Danny claims to come from another dimension, and he brings a warning – the only problem is that Milo’s too wrecked to remember what it is.
Throughout the series Danny and Milo find themselves tripping to various parallel universes where they encounter different versions of themselves, all the time being chased by a dangerous assassin (Richard Gadd). Will Danny and Milo’s friendship survive their adventure in the multiverse, and will Danny manage to return to his reality and get married to his original Kate?"
The setup of the show is particularly ambitious: two best friends opposed in every way find themselves forced to travel together between dimensions, chased by an unknown foe. Comic-book readers will particularly react to the scenario of the show, mainly based on the notion of multiverse.
The cast is surprisingly good, starring The Inbetweeners Blake Harrison, George Webster and Georgina Campbell. I was a little worried about the use of Campbell's character. She's a really talented actress who won a BAFTA and I was afraid that they would only use her as the worried girlfriend. Luckily, the end of the first episode is reassuring regarding her role in the show.
The Spiritual Heir Of Misfits
Tripped is developed by E4, the same network that aired the hit series Misfits. Back in the day, Misfits surprisingly became a phenomenon across the world and was a UFO in the TV landscape. Tripped shares a lot of similarities with its predecessor. It is based on a completely unbelievable, bonkers story - don't try to take itself too seriously and it possess an effective politically incorrect tone.
You see Milo and Danny traveling through dimensions, meeting completely different versions of themselves - sometimes rock-stars, warriors or even crazy stalkers. Each episode is about them encountering new troubles and not being able to get out of it. In addition, having crazy assassins on their heels just add more problems to their situation.
I binge-watched the first season in a few hours, so I was hooked by the show. The special effects were on point and you feel that the writers have a particular story to tell. This first season is not perfect but Tripped could be a new hit and the worthy heir of Misfits. There is some flaws here and there, but the show is an addicting, crazy ride. Tripped hasn't been renewed for a second season yet, but hopefully this article will generate a positive word-of-mouth.
If you were looking for an irreverent, dark and humorous show, Tripped is the show you need.