With Red vs. Blue Season 13 coming to a thrilling end, one cannot help but marvel at the fantastic work that the Rooster Teeth Animation team has done.
In particular, writer and director, Miles Luna, has brought a fresh and complex take on the characters that was missing in his first two seasons at the helm. As mentioned in previous reviews, season 11 (and part of 12) of Red vs. Blue (RvB) marked an age of rebuilding that regrettably fell flat in favor of setting up future development. A necessary sacrifice, though a sacrifice nonetheless.
After the departure of co-creator and lead writer Burnie Burns from the show after Season 10, RvB had its work cut out for it. Upon leaving, Burns provided an appropriate ending in which most plotlines and character arcs were tied off. As such, Luna and company had their work cut out for them laying the foundation for new and exciting adventures.
Season 13 truly shows the product of this hard work, as it soars into exciting and intricate new territory. In particular, Luna has done a great job providing new dimension to these already developed characters, as well as some additions.
Although the Reds and Blues were given new leadership roles in season 12, this development nearly collapsed on itself when it was revealed that all of it was based on a lie. This season however has shown compelling conflict (with the usual humor beats) amongst the protagonists and support characters that has allowed for more organic growth. While season 12 made for great comedy, season 13’s drive of uniting the Federal Army and the New Republic provides both humor and dramatic tension.
Surprisingly though, the antagonists of season 13 have proved themselves to be the most valuable. Villains in particular can make or break a series. Without a good and complex villain, a series cannot last, as it will be nearly impossible to maintain compelling conflict throughout. While this may have been a slight issue in seasons 11 and 12, RvB has swiftly remedied the situation with some much-needed development. The dangerously witty and ever-sarcastic Felix has fallen into more erratic and sociopathic tendencies, while his partner, Locus, has begun to see the ultimate fate of the path they’re on. By giving these characters personalities and exploring their insecurities, we can see them as more complete, and fleshed out additions to the series, as opposed to just cookie-cutter “bad guys.”
Red vs. Blue is back in the game and providing the high-quality entertainment that fans have come to expect. With the season coming to a close in the coming weeks, viewers are sure to get a satisfying and appropriately epic conclusion to the Chorus Trilogy.