ased on the
award-winning short film that debuted on Film Roman's
Level13.net, Tripping the Rift was an irreverent and lusty
spoof of the sci-fi genre.
The CGI-animated series chronicled the continuing comic
saga of five misfits who lived, worked and played on the
starship Jupiter 42, which was controlled by a neurotic A.I.
known as Spaceship Bob. Bob's neuroses were kept in check by
the verbally abusive pilot T'Nuk, and the ship's inner
workings were tended by Gus, the depressive robotic chief
engineer. It is unclear what job, if any, was performed by
teen slacker Whip, but everyone knew what kinds of jobs sexy
android Six specialized in.
The captain, a walking purple blob of rancor named Chode,
hated his crew and they hated him back, but they had bigger
problems to worry about - namely, the corporate-minded Dark
Clowns, who were bent on dominating the galaxy, and the
hopelessly conformist Confederation, which would stop at
nothing to bring the bumbling antiheroes to injustice.
The Dark Clowns and the Confederation, despite being more
alike than different, clashed constantly in their cold war to
determine whose brand of oppression would dominate the
universe. Each insisted the other was the cause of all
problems great and small, and their power struggle was
basically a huge pain in the ass for sentient beings
Chode and his crew - motivated by greed and survival
instinct - had no desire to take sides in the pointless
conflict, and so spent their time traveling (a.k.a.
"tripping") the rift that separated the two great rivals.