It was difficult to imagine where they could possibly go after the previous season and its epic ending, but somehow the team at Rooster Teeth manage to do so and keep things fresh at the same time. Picking up sometime after Season 6, this season manages to get back to the more laid back approach of the original five seasons to handling the never-ending struggles of both teams as they go through various ridiculous and hilarious scenarios. As last time, they’re now using the current Halo setting to depict the environment, opening up a whole world of new toys for the characters, and more diversity for appearances.
Buried beneath the sand is the answer to a mystery more dangerous than anyone could possibly understand. It’s the perfect mission for a bunch of ragtag soldiers who don’t know what they’re doing anyway.
Reclaiming their respected roles of the previous seasons, this is probably the best season for the voice cast as they rarely ever seem to drop out of the proper tone. Last season had its rough spots with it, most likely due to the spacing between seasons 5 and 6, but this time around each line gets delivered spot on. Most likely this is also further helped by these later seasons having the strongest written dialogue; some of the previous seasons had occasions where the dialogue could have used some tweaking. It wasn’t really noticeable until I started watching these later seasons, though.
The main plot properly continues on with the issues of the previous season, as well as bringing along several subplots that cleverly deal with smaller issues of not only season 6, but the first five as well. Of course, as they have become so adept at throughout the series, the season concludes with a properly constructed finale that both ends the season’s primary plot but also launches the ongoing saga into new territory for the next season. This is helped greatly not only by the writers’ talents advancing tremendously with each season, but also by more complex usage of the graphics. Stepping beyond the boundaries of just exploiting gameplay methods in order to shoot their video, they’ve now started actually manipulating the engine to a point where incredible scenarios can be accomplished that would have been impossible with their previous filming methods.
Overall, it’s a very solid season, especially if you’ve been following it from the start, I Highly Recommend seeing it. I’m not too sure about it if this is your introduction to the series since they introduce several elements from past seasons without much in the way of supplementary exposition. If you don’t mind that, though, then you should still have a decent experience between the action and clever hilarity. The pacing may also help as well, as it flows smoothly throughout the season without taking any drastic leaps that could easily leave you behind.
Here I thought the five season set released last month was the whole series—turns out there are another two seasons of Red vs. Blue and they’re both coming out separately rather than as part of a box set…strange, but more publicity for the series is always a good thing I guess. This season is a single disc release without any fancy slipcovers, inserts or anything. Video is on par with previous seasons and it looks and sounds great. I’m not sure if this was even available in HD online, but this is as good as we’re going to get on DVD and in that regard I’m satisfied with it.
Extras are bountiful as always and include:
Special Videos and PSAs
It’s nice that they load these DVD releases up with bonus content considering you can access these episodes online and the commentaries and outtakes alone are worth the price of this disc.
Overall a Recommended release for Red vs. Blue fans.
Red vs. Blue – Season 7: Recreation is now available on DVD.
Season review by Andrew
DVD review by Zach Demeter