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Trinity: The Complete First Season (DVD Review)

18 May, 2010 By: John Latchem

Street 5/25/10
Eagle Rock
$29.93 three-DVD set
Not rated.
Stars Antonia Bernath, Christian Cooke, Isabella Calthorpe, Reggie Yates, Charles Dance.

The Trinity of the title refers to the fictional Trinity College, the setting for a cheeky dark comedy that ran for eight episodes in Britain last year.

The show’s interpersonal dynamics invite comparisons to “Gossip Girl,” except Trinity is edgier and a bit more sexually explicit. With its focus on intrigue and campus politics, Trinity in many ways plays like a British version of The Skulls, with a prestigious organization serving as the centerpiece of a mystery.

At the heart of the story is Charlotte Arc (Antonia Bernath), who attends the school with hopes of understanding her father’s death. He used to teach at Trinity, and she thinks his death might relate to the activities of the Dandelion Club, which caters to the wealthiest students.

The group is run by Dorian (Christian Cooke), a snotty trust fund brat who defines the world in terms of class and status, and who aims to sleep with every moderately attractive woman he meets, including his smoking hot cousin (Isabella Calthorpe).

Said cousin, a distant relation to the royal family, sets her sights on a modest newcomer (Reggie Yates) of more common breeding, who takes a dim view of the Dandelion Club and what it represents. This puts him in league with Charlotte and her goals.

There’s also a running gag involving a pair of stoner nerds who have been recruited as jesters for the amusement of the Dandelions, thinking it will help them meet girls.

Running parallel to the tensions between the students is a subplot involving divisions in the faculty, with a faction of high-ranking professors and administrators doing whatever it takes to protect the Dandelions.

Finding just the right balance of humor and tension, Trinity is unmistakable in its British assessment of college living, which makes it all the more engrossing.

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