My name is VIC. 555-VICK! And I can open the window to a whole galaxy full of stories you never even knew existed.The 14th season of Red vs. Blue. Unlike others, this is not part of a story arc, but rather is an Anthology consisting of single or multi-episode stories.Warning: This page will contain unmarked spoilers for the previous seasons.
This series provides examples of:
- Actually Pretty Funny: When Caboose somehow shows up in Vic's narration room, he's so impressed he lets him tell the episode's story instead.
- Adaptational Context Change: In-Universe example; Sarge's Pre-Mortem One-Liner "I hope you brought your wallet, because the rent in Hell gets paid in advance!" is changed into the closing line of a Rousing Speech.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Cherry has some...defects. She follows anyone's orders without question and more often than not mishears most of what the crew tells her. Santos never did get around to fixing that voice-modulator...
- Alternate Universe: Discussed by Vic in the opening monologue to episode 5, which itself takes place in an alternate universe where the BGC are Mega Bloks figurines in a Toy Story-esque scenario.Vic: Yo! You ever hear of that multiverse theory? Way crazy, amigo. A bunch of eggheads think there's an unlimited number of parallel universes. Like, maybe there's a universe where no one's even heard of Red vs. Blue. It could be, like, Green vs. Beige. Or, there could be a universe where we're all fish! I don't know why I said fish as an example, maybe there's a universe out there where I made a better analogy; let's all swim to that one. Dude, there could be a universe where we don't even exist. Or, maybe we're just a part of someone's dream. Maybe we're in that universe right now! Maybe this is all just part of some kid's imagination. That would be weird.
- All Just a Dream: The animated beginning of the first episode turns out to be another iteration Epsilon is going through while stuck in the Memory Unit between The Revelation and Season 9.
- Amazon Brigade: The Reds, no less, in one of Epsilon's memory runs. They're still lazy nutjobs, but this time they have an eye for interior decoration and actually succeed in defeating the Blues...until Tex shows up, of course.
- Anachronic Order: Parodied by Vic:So, what better place to start than the beginning? Well, you could get all artsy and start somewhere in the middle. All the cool directors do that. Get you all excited. You're like, "Whoa dude! What's goin' on, man? Why's that guy shooting that other guy?" Then they all do that rewind thing. Tell the tale, lay the breadcrumbs, roll the credits. Classic! But how about we start... before the beginning?
- Animation Bump: The Mercs Trilogy (episodes 9-11) features detailed expressions and movements, tightly-choreographed fights synced to music, and a more fluid look on par with season 10 despite its vastly different art style. In particular, Siris' mechanical leg is accounted for in each of his motions down to precise detail.
- Art Shift: The season is animated in a multitude of different styles.
- Episode 1 is animated in 2D, adapting footage from an old non-canon short, "Red vs. Blue: Animated", and inserting it into the canon as one of the iterations that Church ran through in the Epsilon unit.
- Episodes 2-4 return to the original Halo engine to mimic the style of the first two and a half seasons, which the episodes are framed as a direct prequel to.
- Episode 5, (The Brick Gulch Chronicles) is made with Mega-Bloks stop-motion, based in a world where the Blood Gulchers are just toys in a child's bedroom, tormented by his little brother Malcolm Hargrove.
- Episodes 6 and 7 revolve around another Red Team in Halo 3 Machinima and briefly in the Halo CE engine.
- Episode 8 is set in live-action, as a Sarge 3 trailer and returns to Halo 4 machinima at the end.
- Episodes 9-11 are animated in 3D Cel Shading similar to sister show RWBY, revolving around Felix and Locus before Chorus.
- Episode 12 is machinimated in Halo 2, playing as a Project Freelancer propaganda vid to recruit soldiers for the Red/Blue "War", set between Season 5 and Reconstruction.
- Episode 13 is a Death Battle episode in 3D CGI as Grif and Simmons ponder the age-old question of "who would win? Carolina or The Meta?" Carolina.
- Episode 14 is done using Halo 3, edited to be in black and white to portray a Noir setting.
- Episode 15 is done in animation mimicking crayon to illustrate Caboose's simple-minded way of thinking.
- Episode 16 uses Halo 2 again, expanding on a scene in Episode 100 that was already funny to begin with.
- As is expected, the scenes specific to the Epsilon memory unit use Halo: Reach Machinimation in episode 17.
- Episode 18 is a Musical Episode done in Halo 2 Machinima and returns to Halo 4 Machinima at the end.
- Episodes 21 and 22 are filmed in Halo 3.
- Episode 23 is a live action crossover with Immersion.
- Episode 24 is filmed partially in Halo 3, with most of the action taking place in live-action with Roger Rabbit Effect for the scenes where the Blood Gulch Crew is in the RT office.
- Bad "Bad Acting": When the BGC tries to remake Reservoir Dogs, their acting ranges from "not good but trying" (Church) to "couldn't care less" (Grif).
- Bilingual Bonus: In The Number 1 Movie in the Galaxy, Caboose is shown with a logo labeled "Non Mea Culpa", translating to "Not my fault."
- Birthday Episode: Episode 5, The Brick Gulch Chronicles starts off with Grif and Simmons forgetting about Sarge's birthday and going out to search for a present. Sarge eventually does get a present: a miniature explosive which he subsequently throws at Malcolm with no effect. At the end of the episode, Caboose gives Sarge a cake... with another mini explosive as the candle.
- Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs:
- For his birthday, Sarge wants either Simmons and Grif's respect, a gift card, a shotgun, or a gift card for a shotgun that shoots respect.
- There are five things Iowa doesn't want to roll saving throws against in Dungeons & Dragons: "poison, a fireball, a poison fireball, a Super Saiyan, and an avalanche".
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: When Sarge asks "what was that!?" after hearing something crash, Caboose says "I think it was a logo."
- Breather Episode:
- After the Darker and Edgier Mercs trilogy, there’s the more lighthearted and humorous Fight the Good Fight, a propaganda parody with the Reds and Blues goofing around in Blood Gulch.
- The season as a whole turned out to be this. Between the high-stakes war of The Chorus Trilogy and the gruesome deaths in Season 15, this season is overall more laid-back.
- The Bus Came Back:
- Vic is reintroduced after a prolonged absence since Season 5.
- Captain Butch Flowers is given a large role in the prequel episodes, his only prior appearance since the Blood Gulch Chronicles being his cameos as Agent Florida in Seasons 9 and 10.
- Chekhov's Skill: Ohio mentions that she's "a pretty good shot." She later shoots Sherry in the foot.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: In episode 24, each member of Rooster Teeth is wearing clothes that correspond to their characters. Matt (Sarge) is wearing red, Gus (Simmons) is wearing maroon, Burnie (Lopez) is wearing brown, Joel (Caboose) is wearing blue and Geoff (Grif) is wearing orange.
- Crossover: With Death Battle as the July battle is Agent Carolina vs. The Meta. Among other things, it heavily implies that Sarge is Boomstick's dad.
- Cue the Sun: At the end of episode 11 after Felix, Locus and Siris have taken out all the bad guys the sun rises. Lampshaded by Felix.Felix: Pfft. Nature's so fucking cliche.
- Death as Comedy: The prequel episodes are filled with it: first, Grif and Simmons cause the death of their CO; then, Sarge wins a promotion because all the other candidates die, mostly by their own hands.
- Deliberately Monochrome: Episode 14, "Grey vs. Gray," is entirely in grayscale, to give the murder mystery plot a Film Noir feel. It's also because the characters are all colorblind.
- Epic Fail: In "Get Bent", Epsilon-Church somehow managed to misremember the genders of all the Reds as well as Tex and, in the ending, his own gender while in the Epsilon unit.
- Evil Knockoff: Agent Washington claims that it isn't the real Tucker in the third Sarge movie, Sarge v Tucker The Origin of Sin, but an evil clone.
- Expanded Universe: The season is a chance to invite many writers and animators that have been influenced by the series to contribute to the setting at any point in the timeline barring the end of season 13, in any number of animation styles.
- Foreshadowing: In "Club", before we are actually told who the protagonists are, we have the colors of their ties: orange and green.
- Foregone Conclusion:
- Since the newly-introduced Hammer is a soldier accompanying Grif and Simmons on a mission in a prequel flashback, the fact that he's going to kick the bucket is obvious and played for laughs.
- Same goes for the other Red soldiers competing against Sarge for the position of... Sergeant.
- We see the FH57 unit plan to unite with the Red team against the Blues. Since the live footage is from Season 1 and we've never seen them before, we know they don't get there.
- In Episodes 9 to 11, we know Felix and Locus survive since it's a prequel, and chronologically they turn up later on. Although, this is subverted in regards to Siris.
- For Want of a Nail:
- As implied under Start of Darkness, had Felix and Locus not gotten the Lozano job, they may not have become the sociopaths they became. More specifically, had Lozano's dad actually given a crap about his son...
- The fate of FH57 can be pinpointed to two words: "shelf-construction".
- Had Grif and Simmons decided to go into the Blue base along with Hammer, they would've been blown up as well.
- As "Why We're Here" shows, Florida tripping over a power cable wound up being a big linchpin in the timeline of the show. After all, without it, VIC wouldn't have gotten his erratic personality and the roster of future recruits wouldn't have been changed to include Caboose, Donut, and Sister.
- Gender Flip: The twist of episode 17, where Church somehow misremembers the Reds as female.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: "Mr. Red vs Mr. Blue", which shows that between "Blood Gulch Chronicles" and "The Reconstruction", the Teams would have a movie night, as they were still enemies but also not really giving a damn.
- Hero of Another Story:
- Hero might be stretching it, but episodes 6, 7, and 14 reinforce the notion that there's Reds and Blues all over the galaxy, and they're all idiots.
- Also stretching, Episodes 21-22 focuses on the Freelancer Project, namely three incompetent recruits.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Emphasis on trying to make Hammer's sound heroic.
- I Have No Son: Ruben Lozano doesn't care about his son Gabriel at all. He says point blank that he's the worst thing he has ever brought into the world and would consider Felix and Locus killing him a favor. What's worse is he says this while his son can hear every word he says and just moments ago was begging his father to pay the ransom money Felix was demanding from him.
- Jerkass Has a Point: In "From Stumbled Beginnings", Red Team trainees Grif, Simmons, and Hammer are sent to investigate a base that was recently taken by a Blue Team. In an attempt to weasel out of infiltrating the base (Which Hammer wants to do), Grif wonders why three recruits were sent on such a dangerous mission. When Hammer goes Leeroy Jenkins and checks out the base alone, he finds that several bombs were placed- and the countdown's already going.
- Lampshade Hanging: Vic's specialty.
- Lemony Narrator: Vic's narration seems to have a hard time keeping his train of thought.Vic: Space. It's like... really , really, really big, dude. And it's got all sorts of stuff in it too! I'm talking about aliens, humans, canyons, spaceships, those little peppers wrapped in bacon stuffed with cheese... whoo! Hits the spot every time, dude.
- Luke, You Are My Father: As it turns out, Sarge and Boomstick have a matching backstory about a father who joined the army rather than stick around to raise his son. Sarge, Wiz, Grif, Simmons, and Caboose realize it, Boomstick does not.
- Moment Killer: In episode 22. Ohio and Idaho are having a friendship moment, complete with uplifting background music, when Iowa calls out to the Charon soldiers, blowing their cover. Later, Ohio and Sherry are starting to bond when Ohio shoots Sherry in the foot.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: On one side, it's Tucker, wearing his Halo armor as usual. On the other side, it's Barbara, wearing a short dress. Barb flattens Tucker with one punch.
- No Fourth Wall:
- Vic's narration is directed towards the viewers as a narrator with asides about audience expectations.My name is Vic. (singing) 555-VICK, and I can open the window to a galaxy full of stories you never even knew existed.
See what I did there? That's a segue. We were talking about windows, window shows up, creates some intrigue.
- In Episode 15, Caboose actually finds Vic's narration room. Vic is so impressed, he lets him do the episode.
- Vic's narration is directed towards the viewers as a narrator with asides about audience expectations.
- Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Fem!Sarge lacks her male counterpart's southern drawl.
- Oh, Crap!:
- Felix's Cluster F-Bomb of a rant in "Call" when he realizes that Lozano has no intention of getting his son back.
- Inside the Epsilon Unit, Church's dawning horror that he misremembered the Red Team as girls, somehow.
- Out-of-Character Alert: Epsilon didn't need the alert by then, but unlike her male counterpart, female!Donut hates interior decorating. Church decides he should've expected this, given how enthusiastic female!Sarge and female!Simmons were about it.
- Perspective Flip: We see the sequence when Omega jumps into most of the Red and Blues' minds from his point of view in episode 16.
- Episodes 2-4, which elaborate on the circumstances leading up to Season 1 as Flowers recruits the most incompetent and ineffectual soldiers possible.
- Episodes 9-11 are those for Felix and Locus.
- Real World Episode: Episode 24, "Red Vs Blue vs Rooster Teeth" has the Reds and Caboose wind up in Rooster Teeth HQ due to a combination of a teleported accident, energy drink being spilled on the Xbox, and Burnie pulling the Machinima death switch.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: The "Triplets" of Project Freelancer, Agents Ohio, Iowa, and Idaho, are basically dumped on a frozen wasteland of a planet for being the lowest ranked Agents. There, they meet a similarly abandoned trio of soldiers from Charon Industries.
- Revision: One that's been a long time coming. In Season 1, Church reminisces about his supposed time in Sidewinder, where he witnessed Tex take out a legion of soldiers, including his friend Private Jimmy. This scene in particular (in addition to one from Out of Mind), was contradicted by the later revelations about the Alpha's creation and posting at Blood Gulch in Seasons 6 and 10. This is finally explained in Episode 4, revealing that Private Jimmy is Church's original host body, and was lobotomized during the implementation surgery on Sidewinder. Church filled the gaps in his memory with some influence from Flowers, replacing the Freelancer personnel Tex fought during the crash with the blue army and either Carolina or the Meta with Jimmy himself.
- Rewatch Bonus: In Grey vs. Gray, you can see that Regina has swapped guns with Hutch after the blackout.
- "Shaggy Dog" Story: Done three times.
- In "The Brick Gulch Chronicles", Simmons and Grif spend the episode looking for a birthday present for Sarge. After many mishaps, Simmons eventually gives him a firework, which fails to ignite. After celebrating that they're glad to be alive, Caboose brings them a birthday candle that blows them all to bits.
- In "Invaders from Another Mother", the FH57 crew convince Peake to stop his insurrection with his cult of aliens with a heartfelt speech by their leader, and reassure Santos that although he won't have the wine bar he wanted, they'll make him a shelf instead, they all are overjoyed with their new-found unity as a team and the freedom to travel in space. Then their resident AI, Cherry mishears "shelf-construction" as "self-destruction", presumably again, blowing them all to bits.
- In "Grey vs. Gray" it turns out that the first soldier to die wasn't killed by any of them - he had a sudden heart attack when the lights went out and they killed each other for nothing.
- A rather transparent one. Episode three is called "Fifty Shades of Red".
- Again with episode 6, entitled "Orange is the New Red".
- In the Sarge trailer, Sarge's "Rent in Hell" one-liner is re-purposed into a Rousing Speech that is clearly inspired by the "Tonight we dine in Hell!" speech in 300.
- In episode 22, Sherry's introductions ("My name's Sherry, this is my partner Darryl, this is my other partner Terrill") reference a line from Newhart: "Hi, I'm Larry. This is my brother, Darryl. This is my other brother, Darryl."
- Sick and Wrong: Epsilon-Church's reactions to finding out he misremembered the Reds as women.Epsilon: Oh... this is so wrong! This is so fucking wrong!
Epsilon: Ugh... I need mental bleach. Or just regular bleach. I don't want to live in this world...
- Special Effect Failure: In-universe, when the FH57 Red team arrive at Blood Gulch, they note with some confusion that it all looks so low-res and blocky.
- Special Guest:
- "Grey vs. Gray" stars (and was partially written by) the Game Grumps. Arin Hanson, Suzy Hanson, Ross O'Donovan, and Barry Kramer provide the voices for Cobb, Reg, Deuce, and Squatch, while Barry and Brain Wecht helped write.
- Ditto Episodes 6 and 7, written and starring "Rooster Teeth West" Funhaus aside from Caboose's appearance.
- Start of Darkness: While they weren't the nicest people to begin with, Locus and Felix have a glimpse of their origins shown in episodes 9, 10, and 11. After the war, they were professional bounty hunters and called themselves "the good guys" with a loosely-defined but still noticeable code of morals they would not cross. But one bad job set them on the path of becoming the sociopath and conflicted killer seen in the Chorus trilogy. Vic's narration at the start of episode 9 makes this clear.Vic: Point I'm trying to make is: not everyone starts off evil, dude. People change over time. Sometimes for better. And sometimes, well...
- Terrible Interviewees Montage: Episode 3 has Flowers conducting one for the position of the other Blue rookie. In a twist, he's looking for the most terrible interviewee, as the more expendable, the better. Tucker gets the job.
- Upgrade vs. Prototype Fight: The Death Battle fight is between Carolina during the Chorus Trilogy and the Meta before Reconstruction, meaning that their fight is also between the original AI fragments and Epsilon (who's helped by a Living Memory of each fragment). Likewise, both Freelancers have a very similar arrangement of armor enhancements, so Carolina can hold her own against the Meta more easily than most other Freelancers can.
- Waxing Lyrical: Ohio's self-assuring speech eventually goes "You're the best, around, nothing's gonna ever keep you down".
- Wham Line:
- Flowers' speech to the cobalt soldier he's brought into Sidewinder ends with a name that entirely changes what the audience has come to expect from Captain Butch Flowers, painting the scene in a whole new light:Flowers: The world will never forget Private Jimmy.
- If you hadn't put two and two together beforehand in "Club", we have this bit of dialogue right before Lozano is knocked out by the men in the orange and green ties:Lozano: Fuck you! Who the hell do you think you are?
Felix: Well, that's Locus, I'm Felix, and... we're the good guys.
- And then, in the next episode, this is when the attempt to hold Lozano for ransom begins falling apart:Felix: (on the phone with Ruben, Lozano's father) So, Mr. Lozano. I suggest you think very carefully about the-
Ruben: You're a fucking idiot.
- In-Universe in "Meta vs. Carolina: Dawn of Awesome", we have this little moment:Wiz: (narrating) There's a lot going on here. Turns out, the Director was Carolina's father all along and Tex was actually the AI fragment memory of his deceased wife, meaning Carolina's greatest rival for her father's approval was actually her own mother.
(cut back to the others)
Grif and Simmons: (in-unison) Wait, WHAT?!
- And then, we have the end of the episode, where Sarge enters the picture:Sarge: Y'know, you remind me of someone— almost like the son that I... never wanted...
Boomstick: Well, that's funny. I was about to say you're like the Pappy I never had. When I was a kid, he ran out on us to join the Army and never came back.
Sarge: Huh. Well... how about that? Time to move along, I guess. (backs out of the room) Nothing to see here. Do-do-do Do-di-do Do-do.
- "Caboose's Guide to Making Friends" has an interesting variant, particularly because it wasn't even implied beforehand that Caboose would reference the ending of the previous season:Caboose: BUT. (suddenly somber) Sometimes... (crayon!Church begins to fragment) you will lose a friend. Sometimes... even your best friend. (crayon!Church explodes)
- Played for Laughs, but here's the immediate sign that Epsilon fucked up remembering shit in "Get Bent":Tucker: Church, it's like I always said. Women are like Voltron: The more you can hook up, the better it gets!
Epsilon: And what chicks are we going to pick up exactly?
Tucker: What are you, the rookie? We've got a whole base full of them right here in the canyon!
- Flowers' speech to the cobalt soldier he's brought into Sidewinder ends with a name that entirely changes what the audience has come to expect from Captain Butch Flowers, painting the scene in a whole new light:
- Wham Shot: The Reveal of the protagonists for Episodes 9, 10 and 11 definitely counts.
- Who Would Want to Watch Us?: When Simmons suggests doing a Slice of Life documentary of Blood Gulch, the others shoot down the idea on the grounds that only a "brain dead lunatic" would want to watch it.
- You Never Asked: Apparently, the Female Reds from "Get Bent" were able to make a major expansion of the Red Base simply by putting in a requisition for materials with Command.Epsilon: Wait... You mean we could've... All we had to do was... We just had to ask?!
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