Imagine my surprise when Red vs. Blue made its way onto Netflix earlier this summer.
I was a bit late jumping onto the machinima’s bandwagon back in high school when it first released, but that didn’t stop be from quoting it regularly. Red vs. Blue was funny, entertaining, and incredibly enjoyable. The cast of characters were an absolute delight that would bring a smile to my face every week.
Having watched the original series these past few weeks, I can safely say that they still bring a smile to my face after all these years.
This is in part due to the series’ writing. There’s no reliance on pop culture or current events, instead focusing on the characters and their personalities. Everything is self-contained in the Red vs. Blue universe; there’s very rarely any calling out to Halo. This allows both the story, comedy, and characters to stand out on their own, strengthening their performances and impact. It’s really nice to be able to venture into past memories of beloved shows and see that they can still hold their weight.
Coincidentally, the Netflix release sets up nicely with the upcoming Halo: The Master Chief Collection for Xbox One. I’ve begun to prepare to relive memories from Blood Gulch, Zanzibar, Beaver Creek, and other maps that I played far too much (just kidding, there’s no such thing as too much) Halo on. One can hope that new memories can be made.
Of course, Xbox Live voice chat is now an absolute ghost town, but I’ll have my friends to rely on for constantly quoting Caboose while playing on Blood Gulch, right?