Red vs. Blue: Awesome Episodes From Season One
Sometimes even the most serious of games could be interpreted as a comedy. In the case of the Halo franchise, the production company Rooster Teeth was able to make a comedy out of the militaristic setting. Dubbed Red vs. Blue, this popular web series told the story of the Red Team and Blue Team as they played a game of Capture the Flag. And as shown in Funny Moments From Red vs. Blue, Red vs. Blue has had numerous seasons filled with hilarious moments. At up to thirteen seasons, viewers of Red vs. Blue had a wide selection in regards to funny episodes. While the tone eventually became more serious, the comedy of this series still remained as a way to maintain the lightheartedness that made this series popular in the first place. For this article however, the main focus would be hilarious episodes from the first season. This was a season that established how Red vs. Blue would function as a parody for the game Halo. One important episode to know about was the third episode, which introduced the Blue Team. In the seventh episode, the material that differentiated this series with the Halo games started to get introduced, and a firefight could be portrayed as comedic because the character pilot the giant weapon could be a complete idiot. In the twelfth episode, a new character was introduced, and she brought a more painful aspect to comedy. And while later seasons got incredibly surreal, the first season of Red vs. Blue was an important season to acknowledge.
In Funny Moments From Red vs. Blue I talked about the second episode of Red vs. Blue, I talked about the episode Red Gets a Delivery, which introduced viewers to the members of the Red Team of this series and established their roles in this series. Sarge was the leader, Simmons was the suck-up, Grif was the joker, and Lopez was the silent member at the time. In the following episode The Rookies, the viewer was introduced the the opposing Blue Team. Church was the leader, Tucker was the ladies man, and the rookie Caboose was the annoyance. Of course, Blue Team also owed a tank, which technologically surpassed the Warthog in firepower, and would eventually develop its own personality via artificial intelligence. In addition to learning more about the Blue Team and some of its members, the viewer was also introduced to Donut, a rookie for the Red Team. Donut, being the rookie, was stereotypically portrayed as the new member who wanted to make a good first impression. He followed the rules very strictly, he was suckered into following the other Reds' orders because of their seniority, and he mistook an enemy base for a store. There was not a lot of action this episode, but the viewer was made aware that both teams were going to be hilarious in their incompetence.
Check Out The Treads on That Tank
One aspect of the Red vs. Blue series was that all of the fights were not as serious or epic in scale as some of the fights in the Halo games. Mostly because sometimes the characters who saved the day were not as heroic as Master Chief. In the episode Check Out the Treads on That Tank Church and Tucker were trapped behind some rocks because the Warthog that the Red Team possessed apparently had a lot of ammunition it could use. And while Church and Tucker were preoccupied with trying to survive, Caboose, the idiot, was the one who would save them. So when he decided to help his fellow Blue Team members, it was a good thing that there was a tank in his team's possession. That talked. And referred to itself by the name Sheila. Of course, in typical Red vs. Blue fashion, Caboose was not a very good driver for the tank. Fortunately, Caboose was able to eventually drive Sheila towards the Red Team to start fighting them, but the Red Team were apparently unaware of a tank and what tanks were used for. Of course, the next episode immediately had Sheila auto-fire it weapons at everybody, which was hilarious.
Down, but not Out
In the article Video Games: Equality for All I talked about how recent video games had women who were not the damsels in distress, but the heroes of their own story. Red vs. Blue had their own female who was portrayed as a competent fighter, but she did not start out that way. Referred to as Tex, she premiered in the A Shadow of His Former Self as a new addition to the Blue Team. And a guy. However, Tex's gender as a woman was revealed in the episode Down, but not Out due to a various number of circumstances. In this episode, the viewer first saw Caboose and Tucker talking about how it was a good thing that Tex was on their team and not on the Red Team. Suddenly, the ghost of Church (he was killed by Caboose when he was driving Sheila because of an auto-firing accident) arrived and inquired about how everybody was doing. When Church heard that Tex was involved in an operation against the Red Team, he seemed slightly upset. Which was justified since Tex was instantly caught by the Red Team. Of course, after being knocked out by Sarge, Tex accidentally revealed that she was a girl pretending to be a guy. And the disguise would have worked if Sarge did not succeed in breaking Tex's voice filter.
Red vs. Blue was a web series that was fairly entertaining. For fans of the Halo franchise, this show was a good alternative for the seriousness of the video games.