Tripping the Rift

Season 2 Episode 11


Aired Unknown Oct 05, 2005 on Syfy
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When Captain Adam goes missing on the most dangerous planet in the universe, his wife Nancy blackmails Chode into going to rescue him.

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  • Typical episode.

    As usual, the animation was exceptional and fun. The character voices are top notch and add to the depth of character.

    However, The jokes are stale. Character driven humor is a little feeble and missing the spark that this show should have. Its all about sex, farts and fanboy service.

    There are a few laughs here and there, but they don't stay with you.

    Especially sad is the lack of Chod's nemesis, Darph Bobo. Darph Bobo does bring the one thing to the show, an interesting vilian.moreless

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    • Earwigs
      Nancy drops a brain-eating earwig into Chode's ear to force him to save Adam. In the film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Khan placed similar nasty creatures (Ceti Eels) into the ears of Captain Terrell which had the effect of brain-washing him, thus putting him under Khan's control.

    • Giant Worm
      The giant worm may be from any number of sources. Giant worms have appeared on Arrakis in Dune (called Shai-Hulud), on a moon in Star Wars, in the Neitherworld in Beetlejuice, and in the town of Perfection in Tremors.

    • Adam: I did not have sexual relations with that 50' woman.
      Bill Clinton used that line—sans "50 foot"—to deny having had an affair with Monica Lewinsky.

    • Fatal Attraction
      At the end of the episode, the giant woman comes after Adam with a knife and says "I won't be ignored!" This is from the movie Fatal Attraction where a man has a one night stand with a woman who then becomes obsessed with him and proceeds to stalk him and terrorize his family.

    • Alien Mother
      At the end of the episode, the earwig is reunited with its mother—an alien. The alien is from the Ridley Scott movie Alien and it's sequels which feature the aggressive and violent acid-blooded creatures and their queen.

    • Lake Creature
      Gus gets saved by the Gill-Man from Creature From the Black Lagoon just as Kay was in the 1954 movie. In this episode the creature is named Leroy.

    • Road Sign
      Chode comes to a fork in the road with a sign pointing in each direction. One direction leads to "Triffids" and the other to "BodySnatchers". The Triffids are mutated, genetically-engineered plants from the John Wyndham book Day of the Triffids. The Triffids can walk, poison their victims with long whip-like tongues, and feed off of the decaying bodies of their victims which are often what is left of the now blind human race in a post-apocalyptic world. Body Snatchers are aliens from the Jack Finney book Invasion of the Body Snatchers in which pods are sent to Earth to allow an alien race to escape their dying planet and colonizing Earth. The pods replace people by absorbing their bodies while they sleep. The resulting person is similar in all respects except for their apathy and affiliation with the alien goals. Both books have had several different movies made from them.

    • Snakehead Terror
      Gus spots a sign warning of the "SNAKEHEAD TERROR" after which he is chased by a creature with the head of a Snakehead Fish and the body of a human. This is from the less-than-stellar 2004 movie Snakehead Terror, where a town is terrorized by the same creatures.

    • Raptors and Banner
      There is a scene where Adam is being hunted by two raptors through the jungle. This is similar to a scene in Jurassic Park: The Lost World where a group of hunters gets hunted themselves by a pack of raptors. Later, when a Welcome banner is knocked over by the large dinosaur as it eats the smaller ones also references the end of the original Jurassic Park.

    • Fly: Heeelp meee!
      This is from the original 1958 movie The Fly where a scientist's botched experiment with teleportation results in his fusion with a fly.

    • Chode: What happens on Vitalius 4 stays on Vitalius 4.
      Referencing the famous motto of Las Vegas.

    • Six on the beach
      Six catching Chode as the water washes over them is an allusion to From Here to Eternity (1953), and the class often-parodied scene of Burt Lancaster and Debroah Kerr kissing on the beach.

    • T'nuk: I want the whole thing, you 50' floozy!
      Confirming the whole gag with the giant female as a reference to Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958), where a heiress encounters giant aliens who cause her to grow 50' tall. Later remade in 1993 with Daryl Hannah in the title role. And a year later parodied in Attack of the 60 Foot Centerfolds.

    • T'nuk: Get away from him, you bitch!
      Minor variation on the words spoken by Ripley in Aliens, addressed to the Queen Alien.

    • T'nuk: Feed me, Seymour!
      Referencing the giant talking/singing plant Audrey II from the movie, broadway musical, and movie based on the musical Little Shop of Horrors, which tells the tale of an intelligent plant that convinces a wimpy florist named Seymour to feed him blood.

    • Giant Fire-Breathing Lizard
      Reference to Godzilla, King of the Monsters. We even get bad lip-synching by a nearby Japanese tourist guide.

    • Go Fish players
      The two players are parodies of Freddy Krueger (from Nightmare on Elm Street and its sequels) and Jason from Friday the 13th and its sequels. More specifically a reference to their most recent match-up movie, Freddy vs. Jason.

    • Whip: Look - it's ALF!
      Referencing NBC's most famous sitcom alien, ALF (Alien Life Form). This alien had a fondness for cats and for whatever reason has been trying to make a "comeback" as a talk show host in recent years.

    • Timed Death, Wrist Timer
      All allusions to the Escape... movies with Kurt Russell as Snake Plisskin. In both movies they give Plisskin a poison that will kill him if he doesn't carry out the mission in time.