This friday, June 15th, is the return of Red vs. Blue with the start of season 11. Therefore I thought it would be fitting to have the show as my recommendation for this week.
Most likely, if you’re reading this, you already know about Red vs. Blue but I can’t assume that. Red vs. Blue is a machinima production that was started by Burnie Burns of Rooster Teeth Productions. Red vs. Blue has pretty humble origins. Burns, along with Gustavo Sorola and Geoff Lazer Ramsey (that’s his real middle name), worked on a video game review site called Drunk Gamers. They were tasked to do a review for Microsoft’s Halo: Combat Evolved and different recordings were done of gameplay for the review. Burnie Burns decided to put voiceover to the recordings, and from there Red vs. Blue was more or less born.
Red vs. Blue, as of now, consists of 10 seasons that can be split into 3 story lines. These stories are connected, however, and all seem to come to a close in the end of season 10. The show begins as a comedy and transforms into a comedic drama as more characters, story arcs, and the technology used in recording the show changed.
The team at Rooster Teeth brought in animator Monty Oum at the beginning of season 8 and this has garnered different reactions from fans of the series. Most fans, myself included, think that the animations give a degree of respectability that the original show would be hard pressed to achieve, as well as make more story elements possible to pull off.
I am purposely being light on the story of Red vs. Blue because, even with its humble origins, becomes a pretty engrossing tale. The first few seasons can start off slow to those who view themselves as more cultured or are more judging than the average viewer, but it is definitely worth it to keep watching.
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