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Red vs. Blue: the PSAs
Red vs. Blue is a very popular Web Series. Funny Moments From Red vs. Blue talked about how this show, when it aired in 2003, provided a comedic parody of the Halo franchise. And while the main series has gone on so long that it has created up to thirteen season and is still growing, it is important to remember some of the extra material that Rooster Teeth has produced for the Red vs. Blue franchise. Particularly the Public Service Announcements. Also beginning in 2003, the Public Service Announcements were hilarious parodies about the informative nature of PSAs. A basic PSA consisted of a few things:
- It usually involved two or more characters from the Red vs. Blue series.
- The issue that was usually talked about involved a real life issue or event. The first Public Service Announcement involved Weapons of Mass Destruction.
- During the Public Service Announcement some form of shenanigan happened that subverted any meaningful lessons to be learned from the Public Service Announcement. Like the Blue Team member Church firing his sniper rifle.
- Eventually all forms of moral high grounds were lost by the end of the PSA and things went back to the chaotic wackiness that Red vs. Blue was made famous for.
Red vs. Blue had episodes that had various forms of silliness done to its characters. Usually with explosive results. Especially in the PSAs.
Real Life vs. the Internet
- The PSA starts with Church and Grif talking about how the viewers of the video probably did not know much about the Internet. Or the viewer most likely knew somebody who is just beginning to explore the Internet. This video served to show viewers how the Internet was different compared to the real world.
- One instance was meeting new people. In the real world meeting new people was a simple affair of talking to an actual person and hopefully starting a more intimate relationship with them. On the Internet however, knowing who was a girl and who was not a girl was far more difficult. And constant interruptions were present.
- Checking your mail in the real world just meant sorting out what came out of the mailbox. On the Internet the chance of seeing false e-mails or strange ads became far more frequent.
- Buying something in real life just meant using money to purchase items, like a CD. On the Internet, one can download music, but that would be considered illegal. Or randomly say how much certain forms of music sucked.
- Partying in real life meant socializing in an actual setting. Partying on the Internet meant socializing by yourself.
- Discussing Politics in real life meant calmly saying you did not agree with some beliefs in certain issues, but not so much while on the Internet.
The Internet is a good way to disguise your anonymity. But it can be weird at the same time.
- This year people are getting ready to vote for a new president. Red vs. Blue decided to do a parody on the importance of voting. By also using product placement on the fact that Hao 4 was just released at this time. And included special features for online play.
- Here the viewer saw Grif and Simmons waiting in a line to buy Halo 4 because November 6 was Halo 4's release date. Unfortunately, Sarge came driving in on a Warthog.
- When asking why Grif and Simmons were there when they told him that they were taking a sick day. Grif tried to say that both him and Simmons were getting some fresh air. Being in a frozen environment quickly made that excuse fail.
- Simmons then suggested that Grif should get some bed rest. Sarge agreed, and ordered Grif to go back to base. Turns out Simmons was trying to move ahead of the line to buy Halo 4 by getting rid of Grif. Grif was understandably angry.
- Grif, however, tried to get out of leaving the line by saying that both him and Simmons were actually trying to vote. To see if Grif and Simmons were really trying to vote, Sarge forced Grif and Simmons to sing about the greatness of voting.
- Cue singing. And the random appearance of random soldiers to serve as a chorus.
- In the end it turned out that Sarge pre-ordered Halo 4 to get the combo deal for pre-ordering.
- Grif and Simmons were left with nothing. Except for the beginnings of a real sickness.
In Red vs. Blue Tucker was characterized as a rampant womanizer. Simmons was characterized as extremely awkward when it came to interacting with girls. So of course, to make the Match Breakers PSA as hilarious as possible, putting these two as the advice givers of this PSA made sense. The PSA started with both Tucker and Simmons introducing themselves. After that:
- The main point of this PSA was how to meet ladies and hopefully start a relationship with them. Tucker talked about picking up chicks while one was at a party; Simmons through Online Dating.
- One place Tucker said one could find a hot girl is at a nightclub. It was a dark environment with a lot of people. When asked why the nightclub had to be dark, Tucker pointed out that the darkness hid any facial disfigurements and improved how someone looked compared to how they really looked.
- The scene changes back to the club where a male and female patron were talking. The female said that the guy was hot. And the guy, thanks to the club's darkness and noise, said that it was probably because she could not see his horrific facial scar.
- Tucker then said that loud music also helped eliminate the chance of a conversation from becoming awkward.
- Next scene is the male patron ignoring the female asking about his horrific facial scar because of the music playing.
- Tucker then ended his segment by saying that bigger crowds meant a better change at hooking up with someone.
- Simmons then provided a more technological option. Online dating. Specifically Tinder. A website where you can just randomly select random women to have private chats with.
- Next came to actually talking to women. For Simmons, he said that leaving a large amount of messages helped. Abd asking a lot of personal questions.
- Next came talking to ladies in real life. Tucker Showed an example of him talking to a girl. But he ended up shot. Luckily, Tucker then said that there would most likely be a hospital nearby if one were to end up injured.
- Another option Tucker suggested was finding someone emotionally vulnerable. In this case a lady that Simmons avoided because of his social awkwardness.
- This PSA then ends with Tucker being ran over by some of the females from the main Red vs. Blue series.
Red vs. Blue was a funny parody of the Halo franchise. And due to its comedic content, other forms of parody were possible. Like poking fun at Public Service Announcements by making PSAs that were supposed to be enlightening into something people can laugh at. Usually with a cast member getting hurt.