Red vs Blue – Recreation
For those unfamiliar with the work of
Rooster Teeth Productions, Red vs. Blue - Recreation is the
perfect place to start.
The team’s most popular and widely-lauded
creation, the Red vs Blue series is based on the Halo 3 videogame
and follows the exploits of two teams of mechanoid soldiers and their
often hilariously inept attempts to destroy each other.
This latest instalment of the franchise
finds the Blue Team consisting of just one man, the dim-witted Caboose,
who isn’t going to let a few fires and explosions dampen his enthusiasm
for his ‘special project,’ building a robotic body for one of his fallen
comrades. Luckily for Caboose the Red Team are more interested in
bickering than in ending their battle with the Blues, and as this
seventh season progresses the war between the two teams becomes
secondary to some hilarious subplots featuring gun-toting aliens,
‘suicide rescue missions’ and arguments as to whether or not disliking
robots makes one a racist.
Red vs. Blue - Recreation contains
all 19 episodes from Season Seven, edited into one 93-minute feature.
As ever the machinima production values are superb, as are the vibrant
colours and impressively crisp picture quality. The backgrounds are
lush and finely detailed, and the majority of episodes feature funny,
expansive and left of centre plot developments that will delight
newcomers and longtime fans alike.
The disc boasts a number of bonus features,
including an audio commentary with Rooster Teeth mainstays Burnie Burns
and Gavin Free, deleted scenes and outtakes; the release has been so
crammed with content, in fact, that Burns was initially uncertain
whether there’d be enough room on the disc. RT staffers Gus Sorola and
Geoff Ramsey also make an appearance on the commentary track, and there
are a number of Easter Eggs scattered throughout, adding further
incentive to this already worthwhile offering.
Al in all this is an excellent
representation of the franchise, and further cements the Rooster Teeth
crew as one of the boldest, most irreverent and most downright funny
voices in American comedy at the present time.