Thursday, December 30, 2010

Red vs. Blue 1x06 - Review

The following is a review of Red vs. Blue season 1, episode 6, “1.21 Giga-Whats??”.


Continuing from where “Package is in the Open” left off, Church catches up with Donut next to the teleporter output. He tries to engage him in a usual military fashion, but Donut has no idea what’s going on and yells at Church for shooting at him. Church tells the ‘Sarge’ that he isn’t going to fall for that, and Donut tells him that he’s not the Sergeant. Their tense conversation is suddenly interrupted when…

“Three!” shouts Tucker as he flies out of the teleporter output, his armor blackened.

Startled, Church and Donut both let out surprised yells. Church, in a shocked voice, asks the new arrival if he’s Tucker. Tucker, unaware of the passage of time, asks Church how he got ahead of him. Donut interjects to ask about the black stuff, and Tucker spins around to tell ‘Sarge’ to freeze.

Donut insists that he’s not a sergeant and that he’s still a private. Tucker realizes that the teleporter did something unexpected, but erroneously concludes that it must have sent him back in time. Honestly, that’s not quite as big of a stretch considering season 3’s time travel plot, though.

Cut to outside Red Base. Simmons and Grif borrow the Warthog from Lopez. As they turn it on, Mexican music starts playing from the radio. Grif can’t figure out how to turn it off.

Cut back to Tucker, Church, and Donut. Tucker tries to explain that he’s come from the future and what kind of stuff happened/happens there. As Church tries to explain what’s really going on, Mexican music is heard in the background, steadily getting louder. Finally, Church cracks and screams about the annoying music just as the Warthog comes over the rise.

The Blues take off running as Simmons tries to gun them down with the Warthog’s chain gun. Grif gets out and talks to Donut, asking him how he captured the flag. Donut says he just asked for it. Grif is flabbergasted. He tells Donut to take the flag back to the base. Donut demands an explanation, but Grif promises he’ll explain everything back at the base, so Donut carries the flag away.

Cut to Blue Base. Caboose sees Church and Tucker pinned down behind a boulder in the cliffs as Simmons fires on them. Caboose considers whether to stay put or try to drive the tank. “Aw, screw it,” he mutters as he heads for the tank.

Cut to Tucker and Church, crouching behind the boulder. A stream of bullets from the Warthog chain gun crashes into the rock wall behind them. Church says that they’ll stay there and wait it out. “That thing’s got to run out of bullets sometime.”

My Thoughts

This episode is full of plot and starts to get into the fun wackiness of the show. Tucker thinking he’s a time traveler is fun, though it’s a little contradictory when he later becomes hard to convince when they actually do travel in time (or do they?). Then there’s the bouncy Mexican music playing from the Warthog. It’s just fun.

The Warthog’s chain gun is used in a continued parody of Halo. In Halo: Combat Evolved, there is no limit to the use of the gun. The ammo is limitless and the gun doesn’t overheat. You can just keep the button pressed and keep firing forever. That makes Church’s line about waiting for it to run out of bullets hilarious.


Tucker: “Look, I know you don’t know me, but you have to believe what I’m about to tell you. Sometime in your future, I get stationed here at Blood Gulch, and we meet. And this guy here, he gets promoted to sergeant of the Red Army, and we spy on them. And they get this new jeep, and I’m all like, ‘there is no way you can pick up chicks in a tank!’”

Tucker: “The jeep followed me back in time!”

Grif: “What the hell is going on here?”
Donut: “You know what? I honestly have no idea what’s going on here. I think everyone in this canyon is absolutely insane.”

Grif: “How did you get their flag?”
Donut: “I don’t know. I just asked for it.”
Grif: “Wait, that worked?”
Donut: “I guess. Is it not supposed to?”
Grif: “I don’t know… We never even thought to try that…”

Church: “Well, we’ll just wait here. That thing’s got to run out of bullets sometime.”


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