Red vs. Blue: The Blood Gulch Chronicles
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Red vs. Blue: The Blood Gulch Chronicles consists of the first five seasons of Red vs. Blue. The Blood Gulch Chronicles is the first main saga in the Red vs. Blue series, spanning 5 seasons, 100 episodes, and a 5-part miniseries. The saga introduces many of the series' main characters, features several memorable running gags, and sets up numerous events and lore that are continued in later seasons. The saga began with the very first episode of the series and ended with the 100th episode.
The main characters include Sarge, Grif, Simmons, Donut, Church, Tucker, Caboose, Tex, and Doc. Major recurring characters include Lopez, Sheila, and Andy. The primary antagonists are O'Malley, Wyoming, Vic, and Gary.
|Red vs. Blue: The Blood Glutch Chronicles|
|Genre||Comic science fiction|
|Created by||Burnie Burns|
|Written by||Burnie Burns (seasons 1-5; 100 episodes, 2003-2006)|
|Series Directed by||Burnie Burns ... (95 episodes, 2003-2006)
Matt Hullum ... (5 episodes, 2004)
|Voices of||Burnie Burns|
|Theme music composer||Trocadero|
|Opening theme||"Blood Gulch Blues" (seasons 1–5)|
|No. of seasons||5|
|No. of episodes||105|
|Producer(s)||Burnie Burns...co-producer (unknown episodes)
Joel Heyman...producer (unknown episodes)
Geoff Ramsey...co-producer (unknown episodes)
Gus Sorola...line producer / producer (unknown episodes)
|Running time||6min - 7 minutes average per episode|
|Production company(s)||Rooster Teeth Productions|
|Original network||Rooster Teeth|
|Original release||April 1, 2003 – June 2007|
Story[edit | edit source]
The first season of The Blood Gulch Chronicles begins with the introduction of two rookies on the Red and Blue teams, also getting a jeep and a tank respectively. The Red recruit, Donut, is sent on a fool's errand by his fellow teammates, only to accidentally steal the enemy flag when he believed their base to be the store (and the Blue rookie believing Donut to be the General foretold by his teammates in a fool's errand of his own). The weeks of reconnaissance and intelligence gathering breaks down into chaos and [poorly] constructed offenses.
The second season begins several months after the first season. A medical officer arrives to check on a wounded soldier Blue team reported. He had come months afterward, so by the time he got there, the wounded soldier (Tex) had already died. Almost immediately after his arrival the Red team attacks, but quickly run out of ammo. Red team salvages their failed offensive by getting Doc as an exchange for Blue team's surrender (although he was ordered to go to Red team anyway). Doc's added involvement in the canyon, combined with a rampant A.I. infecting Caboose, will force the two opposing teams to do the unthinkable.
The third season begins with the Red and Blue teams fighting Doc/O'Malley and soon finding themselves in the "future", with Church traveling back in time, reliving events from the previous two seasons in order to fix past mistakes. When Church, however, is unable to fix past problems, he travels into the future and rejoins the others. Suddenly, the soldiers stumble upon a prophecy that states a blue being destroying everything. Soon afterward, the Reds and Blues try to defend themselves from an attack by O'Malley when the "Great Destroyer" arrives.
The fourth season begins with the Red Team following a distress signal back to Blood Gulch and experiences a falling out with one of their soldiers. Meanwhile, Tucker, Tex, Caboose, Andy, and the Alien go on a quest to save the alien's race. When their quest comes to an end, Tex ventures off for Wyoming and does not return to Blood Gulch with the rest of Blue team. In the aftermath, when Tucker becomes seriously ill, the Blue team, having no other choice, invite Doc and O'Malley to their base in order to help him.
Out of Mind is a mini-series that takes place in between Seasons 4 and 5, being a narrative from Tex's point of view as she pursues bounty hunter Wyoming, told in a much more serious tone. The events precede Season 5 and feature the first Red vs. Blue episodes to remove letterboxing.
The fifth season begins with a ship from Earth crash-landing in the middle of the canyon, containing a new soldier. Red team experiences a major crisis in their chain of command and Blue team welcomes a new addition to the family. Church also tries to stop O'Malley once and for all. On April 1, 2007, four years since episode one, it was announced by Burnie on the forums that episode 100 is the last one of the Blood Gulch Chronicles. It was the series finale that tied up all the "loose ends".