Red vs Blue
The Blood Gulch Chronicles
THE FIRST FIVE SEASONS
Originally created as an online web series,
Red vs Blue exploded and became a cult phenomenon among the world of
geeks, nerds and video gamers. But ironically, it's appeal even touched
mainstream thanks to the witty story telling and amazing scenarios that
its creators imagined.
This collection, entitled "The Blood Gulch
Chronicles" collects all 100 episodes from five seasons that equates to
around 8 hours and 49 minutes of pure comedic entertainment. This my
friends is true Champaign comedy at its best set in the wondrous world
of Halo, one of the world's most renowned first person shooters.
As mentioned, the series is based in the
video game world of Halo 1 to 3 and if you have played the game, you'll
notice that many of the locales are straight out of the Halo multiplayer
maps which is definitely a tip of the hat to fans. The series also
highlights the world of online games but in Red vs Blue, it tells the
tale of two armies who can never get it right. These are the hapless,
the hopeless and the horrible as we get a glimpse into their strange
Red vs Blue also parodies mainstream films
as well, so don't be surprised when you hear or "see" a reference from a
particular action movie. And with that said, Red vs Blue is not for
children as the language can be quite disturbing at times, especially
some of the hilarious sexual references and outrageous comments.
Initially the stories are quite basic and quite short but as the series
progresses, its creators up the ante with cliff hangers and some great
characterisation between the characters.
So what's the story with Blood Gulch? Blood
Gulch is the canyon where this war between the reds and blues take
place. However one of the biggest twists in the series is that in actual
fact both armies are working for the same side that really throws a
classic twist into the story. I really don't want to spoil any more of
those stories because they need to be experienced to be really enjoyed.
In terms of protagonists, Red vs Blue
contains a dozen of main characters and just about all of them have
standout moments. Whether it's Sarge, the most serious soldier of the
Red team or Dexter Grif, who really couldn't give a F%@K about what is
happening, it's these characters that make Red vs Blue shine.
With lots of amusing scenes, it's hard to
pick a favourite scene through five seasons because there are way
too many of them. For me, my favourite scenes include Tucker
(Jason Saldana) being informed that he is pregnant or when the Blue team
takes donut, a new recruit hostage. I was almost pooping myself with
laughter from these strange storylines.
Some the dialogue is so cheese that at
times, it's like watching a real multiplayer match of Halo. From action
to comedy, drama to romance, Red vs Blue is definitely a snapshot of
modern society and if you have any geekiness in you, than you really
need to check out this series.
Apart from the cool characters and amusing
stories, the best part of Red vs Blue the Blood Gulch Chronicles is that
season 1 - 4 has been remastered which means the overall quality has
been vastly improved. This means that the low resolution webcasts of
360x240 now contain an almost acceptable resolution of 640x480 and the
fifth season is even better.
Then you have the special features that
contains outtakes, hidden tracks, audio commentary, alternate endings
and more. I'm really surprised at how much additional content is
included in this box set. It may be a little pricey but this is one
series that you can continually come back to over and over again.