This show is a lot more fun than it has the right to be. If not for CGI, and some basic (and obstructionist) rules on broadcast decency, we'd have probably seen this broad parody of sci-fi legends come and go about 20 years ago. "Tripping" follows the raunchily animated adventures of Captain Chode and his crew. An amoral, greedy and sex-hungry lout, Chode looks a lot like the Hamburger Helper guy, only purple, three-eyed and having tentacles where his fingers would be. Luckily (for the rest of us) Chode's appetites are...uh...serviced by "Six", an impossibly-proportioned fembot voiced either by Gina Gershon or Carmen Electra. (There's a classic early and un-rated "Tripping" floating around the internet in which a more apparently cybernetic Six is voiced by Terry Farrel of "Deep Space 9".) The joke about Six is that between her programming and Chode, Six is often forced to think more like a real woman than the non-androids who populate the show. Chode's nephew Whip, the repellent Harridan T'nuk, and his slightly effeminate Robot (along with the obligatory ship's chatty computer) round out the rest of crew. Arrayed against Chode is the insidious Darph Bobo - an evil clown with powers from the dark side. (The enmity between the all-powerful Darph Bobo and Chode is one of those nonsensical plot points that your brain is willing to accept after watching just five minutes of this show.) Most of the jokes are aimed at fans of "Star Wars", "Star Trek" and Howard Stern (especially comparing how much more animated Six is than anybody else on the show). The animation probably won't win any awards - looking like somebody had just used the scene-editor from "Quake 3: Arena".
So why that many stars from "The Rotten Review"? "Tripping" is still jaw-dropping fun, well paced and voiced, and gets tons of laughs out of the most obvious jokes. The leads bring surprising gusto to what would be another SW parody, especially to the jokes the writers KNOW must fall flat, proof that the scripts aren't meant to condescend to their viewers. In short, "Tripping" truly is a guilty pleasure with no shame.