trailer). When season four wrapped up, the red army found themselves outnumbered and called command for backup. Season four’s closing shot was a drop shuttle making a seemingly prompt response within minutes and landing directly on Donut (Dan Godwin).
Season five picks up with Donut believed to have been perished from the shuttle’s, but do not get worked up because he simply got crushed through the ground into an underground cavern. The seemingly prompt shuttle for the red base is instead a long delayed shuttle for the blue base with a new private to replace the blue member who got promoted to replace the long deceased Captain Flowers (Ed Robertson). Church (Burnie Burns) claims the new blue captain position, which kind of does not make sense since Church is still essentially dead and his ghost has been possessing throwaway background characters since the first season now.
Meanwhile on blue base, Tucker (Jason Saldana) is busy being a father to his alien kid, with him and Doc (Matt Hullum) making somewhat of an effort as being the caring parents. When season four ended with Tucker being a parent after getting raped by that alien, I was dreading how the next season would play out, but Rooster Teeth was on top of their game here with some playful parenting moments that have some nice passed down genetics for the kiddo that pay off in some great scenes at the end of the season. All of the red army winds up trying to find each other in the underground cavern, where sure enough, they discover they are not alone and a bigger conspiracy is at play involving aliens, freelancers, and of course that pesky O’Malley AI that loves to go around infecting nearly every cast member this season in one particularly awesome scene. The last half hour to 40 minutes of this two hour season goes really off the rails as it attempts to wrap up The Blood Gulch Chronicles.
Remember how crazy season three got with the time travelling? Well, you are in for a treat this time, but instead of time travelling, we get Tucker stuck in a repeating time loop until he corrects history the way it was meant to play out, kind of luck how Tom Cruise’s character is in Edge of Tomorrow. Tucker’s repeated time loop winds up with many funny “what if” moments resulting in many hilarious inconsequential character death moments that played out in alternate timelines, and you can tell the guys at Rooster Teeth were having a ball with the final act.
I was satisfied with what I was able to piece together of the ending and how the greater Blood Gulch Chronicles story arc wrapped up. It essentially comes around full circle in an updated way reflecting all the events that have transpired throughout the seasons, and kind of wrapped up everyone’s predicament on where they stood with a nice little bow on it. You can tell by this season, Rooster Teeth is getting much better at producing more intricate shots and pulling off all kinds of crafty production tricks with Halo’s in-game camera. They also amp up the use of photoshop this season, and while some of the photoshopped items look especially hokey and obviously pasted in, that just makes them fit in perfectly in the world of redvsblue.
There are several quick bonus videos of outtakes and minor behind-the-scenes videos explaining how they were able to pull off some of the shots they were able to. While some of their aforementioned photoshop skills are self aware at how charmingly bush league they are, there are other effects that they explain in these videos where they go above and beyond to create some new scenery that passes for coming right out of in-game footage. Last season Rooster Teeth started to transition out of their holiday themed PSAs to more random bonus videos focusing on the latest pop culture trends, and they continue that trend in season five with bonus videos riffing on keeping up with the latest tech gizmos, PC-friendly holiday greetings and most importantly having a post apocalypse zombie plan.
Season six starts a brand new story arc, so please stop by again next month to keep up with my latest season recaps. Once again, you can stay on pace with all the redvsblue episodes by watching them like I have been doing through the 10-Year anniversary box set or for free off Rooster Teeth’s YouTube channel or the redvsblue website.
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