I’ve been a huge fan of the Halo franchise for many years now. Right behind DOOM, it’s my second favorite first-person shooter video game. But in addition to a game, the story and mythology are fascinating as well; they have spawned a series of books, as well as several live-action and animated movies to date. So imagine my surprise when I discovered a comedy series had been created using footage from the game itself. That’s right…comedy.
RED VS. BLUE is the brainchild of Rooster Teeth Productions, and it is nothing short of amazing. The premise started off simple: two teams of Spartans, one Red and one Blue, each have a base in a valley, and they skirmish every now and then as each tries to overtake the other. But hilarity ensues when things go wrong (as they always do), and the result is a top-notch series you have to see to believe.
If you are not familiar with RED VS. BLUE, SEASON 13, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Cinedigm:
The sim-troopers of Blood Gulch have seen their fair share of insanity over the years, but they’ve never faced anything quite like this. Stranded on the planet Chorus, the Reds and Blues must convince two enemy armies to join forces or suffer complete annihilation at the hands of a bloodthirsty war lord. As the final installment in the critically acclaimed Chorus Trilogy, Red vs. Blue: Season 13 is as hilarious as it is thrilling. Between deadly mercenaries, alien artifacts and old rivalries, our hapless heroes are in for the fight of their lives in the longest running sci-fi/comedy series in American history, Red vs. Blue.
I have to give a disclaimer up front: although the show is animated (using video game animation), it is an adult show. It has strong language throughout and should not be considered a kid’s show by any means.
Over the years, the show has evolved into more of a comedy/action/drama hybrid. When it started, RED VS. BLUE was straight-up comedy. But now, with Season 13, things are much deeper. This is not a bad thing at all; in fact, I found it intriguing to see more depth. I am just as enthralled with the show as before, but now in different ways.
RED VS. BLUE, SEASON 13 is shot well, and the animation looks great. The characters are crisp onscreen, and the dialogue is just as sharp as it has always been.
The storyline continues where Season 12 left off. Season 13 is the final installment of the Chorus Trilogy, although the show does leave open the potential for future episodes. I hope the creators continue the series, as it seems to get better with time.
RED VS. BLUE, SEASON 13 is a major win for me, and I recommend it. If you’ve never experienced RED VS. BLUE, I suggest giving it a look now. But start as far back as you can go and move forward to catch up; you can jump in and start watching Season 13, but you’ll enjoy the experience more if you know what’s going on beforehand. Season 13 is available now in a variety of formats, so give it a look.