Red vs. Blue: Reconstruction
|Red vs. Blue: Reconstruction|
Official artwork for Red vs. Blue: Reconstruction
Halo: Combat Evolved (AI images only)
|Genre(s)||Comic science fiction/Action|
|Running time||122 min. (episodes)
118 min. (DVD)
|Created by||Burnie Burns
|Directed by||Burnie Burns
with Jason Saldaña
and Kathleen Zuelch
|Release(s)||April 5, 2008 – October 30, 2008|
|Number of episodes||19|
Red vs. Blue: Reconstruction is the sixth season of the action-comedy machinima series Red vs. Blue, produced by Rooster Teeth Productions and distributed via the Rooster Teeth website. Red vs Blue: Reconstruction is set over a year after The Blood Gulch Chronicles and picks up where the Red vs. Blue: Recovery One miniseries left off. The credits for the trailer state that Reconstruction stars several voices from the original Blood Gulch Chronicles, as well as Recovery One voice actor Shannon McCormick. On May 26, Rooster Teeth released Chapter One of Reconstruction. The season begins an era of Red vs. Blue known as The Recollection Trilogy which refers to the sixth, seventh, and eight season of the series. The season concluded on October 30, 2008 with the 19th chapter. It was followed up by the Relocated mini-series, and then by the seventh season entitled Red vs. Blue: Recreation.
Reconstruction retcons many of the major plot points from the Blood Gulch Chronicles, such as the Freelancers and the civil war, making the series into more of a dramedy than the parody that was.
- 1 Synopsis
- 2 DVD release
- 3 References
- 4 External links
Reconstruction is set over a year after the events of Red vs. Blue: The Blood Gulch Chronicles and picks up after the events of Recovery One. The main protagonist is a soldier named Agent Washington, a Freelancer mercenary. The season follows him as he investigates an attack on an outpost by a mysterious entity known only as the "Meta", which has also been killing members of Project Freelancer and stealing their partner AIs and their armor upgrades. While pursuing the Meta and soon joined by the Reds and Blues, Washington will uncover a conspiracy and a dark secret about the true purpose of Project Freelancer. Each episode begins with a memo from a series of increasingly tense responses between the Director of Project Freelancer and the Chairman of the Oversight Sub-Committee of the UNSC.
- Length: 2:49
- Release date: April 5, 2008
A trailer for the series portrays two agents, Recovery Six and Recovery Nine, investigating an incident at military outpost 17-B Valhalla which had resulted in the annihilation of the forces stationed there. The agents find a cryptic message in one of the bases that reads "We are the Meta," and are later attacked and killed by an unseen or invisible foe while investigating a crashed ship. When the agents die, their recovery beacons are activated. Over the course of the video a memo is read that addresses the concerns of the chairman of the Oversight Sub-Committee about Project Freelancer and the incident at the outpost.
- length: 6:42
- Release date: May 26, 2008
The first chapter starts off showing operatives from Project Freelancer launching a mass investigation at Outpost 17-B Valhalla after the Red and Blue teams stationed there are all mysteriously killed. They find only one survivor, a Red Team survivor named Walter Henderson who is later questioned by a representative of the Freelancer Project called the Counselor. The survivor reveals that he and his team investigated the crashed ship after the Blue team got a hold of its equipment. He then tells that is how mysterious events or the infection started having the Blue Team acting strange like destroying both of the teams communications towers to avoid any help. Henderson said they then found out that all of the Blues have killed each other. He then tells the Counselor his team brought the equipment back to base to look at them, which he said afterwards the infection started again, then an unknown hostile arrives and after searching Blue base, it killed all the red soldiers that had the infection, leaving Henderson the only survivor. After Henderson is led away to be assigned new quarters, Agent Washington, who is revealed to have survived the events of Recovery One, talks with the Counselor. Agent Washington expresses his thoughts that the same entity that attacked him is behind the attacks at Valhalla. The Counselor tells Washington that he suspects that the "Meta" has now acquired the Omega AI. He then assigns Washington to find help from soldiers that have "experience" fighting Omega. These soldiers still reside at Omega's last known location, Blood Gulch.
In the first of a series of memos, the Chairman of the UNSC Oversight Subcommittee expresses thanks for the Director giving him more information on the incident in Valhalla. He also hopes that he, the Director and Project Freelancer can work together to finish the investigation.
- Length: 5:12
- Release date: June 2, 2008
As the episode begins, Agent Washington is in Outpost 1-A: Blood Gulch. Unfortunately, most of the soldiers who were based in Blood Gulch during the Blood Gulch Chronicles have been assigned to new, undisclosed locations. The only soldiers left are Sister, who believes that Washington is a "cop" and doesn't offer much help, Sarge, who has refused his reassignment orders, and Lopez, who has a new body and is aiding Sarge in guarding the Red base. Sarge claims that he's not leaving Blood Gulch until all the Blues (Sister) are defeated. Though Sarge proves to be more helpful than Sister, and says that Caboose can help Washington, the former having been infected by Omega briefly. Sarge sends Lopez to get the Blue reassignment files for Washington.
In the memo, the Director expresses concern about his time being wasted with irrelevant questions the committee may ask.
- Length: 6:02
- Release Date: June 9, 2008
As the chapter begins, Washington is now at a Blue base located at Outpost 28 ("Rat's Nest"), in order to retrieve Caboose. There he finds that Caboose has been tied up in the brig due to his unsafe and mentally hampered nature that got all of the Blue Team's vehicles heavily damaged. Washington takes Caboose, much to the relief of his team, although not before Caboose accidentally kills a Blue team member named Private Jones, whose name was mispronounced by the whole squad. After they leave, a Blue soldier watching them then transforms into a white armored soldier, revealing itself to be the Meta, who apparently was following Washington for quite a while.
In the memo, the Chairman tells the Director that the committee is now interviewing members of his staff about the incident at Valhalla.
- Length: 6:30
- Release Date: June 16, 2008
Washington and Caboose, on the latter's advice, arrive at a small outpost in search of Church, who they discover has been the base's sole inhabitant for 14 months. At first appearing furiously hostile, trying and failing repeatedly to shoot Caboose with the sniper rifle, he later allows Washington and Caboose to enter the base and have a conversation with him after they point out they were coming in either way due to a hole in the base's wall. Washington outlines the mission they are on, but Church is initially reluctant, until he is told Tex's ship crash-landed at Outpost 17-B. Upon hearing this, he agrees to go with them and the three of them depart. From a nearby ledge, the Meta is watching them, and opens a device which lets it copy Command's voice patterns from a conversation with Washington. The Meta uses the voice of Command to send a message to Sarge in Blood Gulch, tricking him into assembling his team to attack Washington and the Blues. After finishing transmitting the fake message to Sarge, the Meta notices movement nearby, which turns out to be South and Delta, who are also pursuing Washington. Unnoticed, the Meta drops to the ground and sneaks up behind them.
In the memo, the Director assures the Chairman that the situation is under control and believes it will be dealt with very soon.
- Length: 7:26
- Release Date: June 30, 2008
At Outpost 17-B, Washington is stopped from approaching the crash site by the soldiers present there. According to the guards, the Director of Project Freelancer has ordered a total lock-down, so Washington creates a distraction to allow Church and Caboose to use a gravity lift from one of the bases to approach the crash site. They access the ship's computer to discover that Sheila is still active, despite the ship's systems being badly damaged. Washington and Caboose manage to activate the log of the previous flight, and observe Tex's struggle to land the ship before it crashed. In the sponsor cut there is Andy talking in the background of the flight recording. Washington then receives a call from Command, who tell him that a recovery beacon has been activated by the Delta AI. Command also informs Wash that South, Delta's current host, is in "big trouble". Washington, remembering South's past betrayal, replies with "Yes. Yes, she is."
In the memo, the Chairman understands that a shift can be difficult for anyone, and he also states that his and the committee's trust has its limits.
- Length: 5:27
- Release Date: July 8, 2008
At the base where Church was stationed, South and Delta are trapped by the Meta in South's collapsing domed energy shield. South, seeking only self-preservation, orders Delta to store himself in a portable component, intending to abandon him alongside her shield enhancement in order to buy time for her escape. Washington, Church, and Caboose arrive on two motorcycles, and South is wounded by Caboose to prevent her escape. When Church learns that the Meta takes armor enhancements from other Freelancers, he reasons that it may also have Wyoming’s time distortion enhancement from the ship at Outpost-17B. He quickly fires a rocket launcher at the Meta, who stops time to avoid the shot. The Meta is about to shoot Washington when its armor malfunctions, ending the time distortion and forcing it to flee. Figuring the Meta is taking refuge to repair itself, the group decides to find the Meta before it can be fully functional again. Delta, citing South's severe wounds, is implanted in Caboose. Once there, he informs Washington of South's intention to abandon him in order to escape, reminds Washington of her previous betrayal, and reveals that South's brother North suffered a similar fate. Under Delta's advice, Washington executes South via a pistol shot to the head.
In the memo, the Director believes that the Meta is nothing more than just an entity seeking to gain more power, which he believes is a common occurrence after the Great War.
- Length: 7:05
- Release Date: July 15, 2008
At the base, Church questions Delta about Washington's sanity while Washington is seen destroying South's body in the background; Delta tells Church about Epsilon, Washington's old AI that went berserk while still it was still in Washington's mind, but Delta says Washington is acceptably sane, though this doesn't comfort Church. It is mentioned that Wyoming's helmet was on the crashed ship causing Washington to comment that the Meta is more powerful than previously thought. Church asks why the Meta wants AIs, so Washington reveals that some equipment cannot be run without them and also comments that, the possessor of a "smart AI" can be virtually unstoppable. Delta is described as a fragment and Alpha is revealed to be the only AI given to Project Freelancer, which was then copied to make the rest of the AIs, who became obsessed enough with it to break into Alpha's storage facility. Washington receives a recovery beacon from Agent Maine, who is suspected to be the Meta, but the transmission is jammed before they receive coordinates. From the data they do receive it is concluded the Meta is low on power and is trying to find a power source to recharge. Church correctly guesses that the Meta is headed for a wind-power facility that the Red and Blue teams had previously visited.
In the memo, the Chairman reminds the Director that Project Freelancer was granted only one A.I. for implantation experiments, but states that they found records of agents in the field with fragments of the A.I.
- Length: 5:31
- Release date: July 22, 2008
Arriving at the wind-power facility, Washington splits up from Church and Caboose, and both groups move from the beach in different directions to enter the facility. While Church and Caboose head for the base, Church questions Delta, discovering that Washington was one of several failures in the AI implantation experiments, due to Project Freelancer speeding up the process. Delta suggests that Agent Maine's power troubles are only a small indication of what is happening inside his mind. After the group find the Meta in the facility, they launch an attack which it escapes from. Church and Washington pursue, while Caboose and Delta head in a different direction to flank the Meta and surprise him. Before Church and Washington can find the Meta again, the Red team, composed of Sarge, Simmons and Grif, arrive in their Warthog and crash into the windmill. As Simmons opens fire on Church and Washington from the turret, Washington suddenly asks where Caboose and Delta are. It is then revealed that Caboose is lying motionless on the ground as the Meta approaches. Delta projects itself from Caboose's body; when he does, the many AIs the Meta has captured project themselves too and begin to talk to Delta, all of them saying that they missed him, Delta remains silent.
In the memo, the Director understands about the Chairman's concerns about increased activity with increased risk, assuring him that Recovery teams are trained to immediately respond and retrieve any military equipment in danger of being taken by the enemy.
- Length: 7:48
- Release date: August 4, 2008
In a flashback in Blood Gulch, Sarge receives the Meta's fake transmission from the end of chapter 4. It tells him that Washington is re-assembling the Blues, so he makes plans to gather the other members of the Red team. For reasons not stated, Sarge cannot retrieve Donut, leaving only Simmons and Grif. He then tells Lopez that he's leaving him behind, to Lopez's delight, and departs. At Grif and Simmons's new base, both are about to be executed for selling their ammunition to the Blue team when they are unwittingly saved from death by the firing squad by Sarge's arrival. Sarge takes them both with him, unable to comprehend that Grif is the base's sergeant, even after countless attempts trying to explain it to him and departs, leaving the remaining Reds utterly bewildered.
In the memo, the Chairman believes the Director is avoiding the question about how the Meta is using multiple A.I.s, verifying that Project Freelancer is using multiple A.I.s, and wonders how the program was able to procure them.
- Length: 5:09
- Release date: August 11, 2008
The episode begins with Sarge, Grif and Simmons attacking Agent Washington and Church. Washington and Church doubt that the Reds are actually working for The Meta, so after checking Caboose's vitals via Biocom, Washington also wonders why the Biocom does not work on Church normally. Washington then uses his armor's megaphone to tell the Reds to stop firing. The Reds stand down after Washington gives Sarge the correct codeword, which was again 'codeword'. Meanwhile, the Meta starts to recharge itself and disguises itself as a Red. Grif, not believing Washington and Church, confronts the disguised Meta, and asks him for help. The Meta then lifts up a Warthog and throws it at Grif, who flees. Washington and Church then confirm that the Reds are not in allegiance with The Meta after Grif and the rolling chassis of the Warthog pass by their hiding spot.
In the memo, the Director admits that Project Freelancer was given only one A.I. for experimentation, and believes that they aim to find creative solutions for unexpected problems.
- Length: 6:40
- Release date: August 18, 2008
The Reds are attacked by the Meta leading Sarge and Simmons to take shelter with Washington and Church, while Grif hides behind a pile of debris. Washington leaves to check on Caboose and finds him unconscious and Delta missing. He then attacks the Meta with a machine gun, but the Meta again uses his temporal distortion enhancement to escape. The group assembles around Caboose, who is unable to wake up despite clear vital signs. Simmons suggests that Church enter Caboose's mind to find out what is incapacitating him. Church agrees as long as Washington is distracted so that he isn't traumatized. Church leaves his body, becoming a ghost, and enters Caboose's mind. He eventually meets with Caboose's own mental projection and a prerecorded message left by Delta, which tells him that "memory is the key," and that Washington will understand. Church exits Caboose's mind only to be discovered by Washington.
In the memo, the Chairman expresses that the Director may have forgone safety protocols for using A.I., which led to the Meta having multiple A.I.s, and believes that the protocol is not a guideline but doctrine, and that no one is above its rule.
- Length: 5:24
- Release date: August 26, 2008
Washington discovers Church in his ghost form hovering over Caboose's body. Church's explanation just leads to bickering between the two teams, which annoys Washington. After he orders them to stop, Sarge protests that his rank prohibits Washington from ordering them around. Washington then explains that the outposts in Blood Gulch were simply testing grounds for advanced equipment, and that Freelancers are the only real soldiers. As Sarge and the rest of the Reds proceed to check the vehicles, Church delivers Delta's message to Washington, who reveals that they need to awaken the Alpha AI, as it contains the information on how the copied AI's were made and their weaknesses, which leads him deciding they must go to Command.
In the memo, the Director claims he holds the protocol in the highest regard and believes that doctrines led humanity to winning the Great War, and tells the Chairman to be direct if he and Project Freelancer broke any laws.
- Length: 4:28
- Release date: September 8, 2008
Washington and the two teams head back to Valhalla, and watch as the Red Team steals a Warthog. After an enemy Warthog gives chase and attacks them, Washington leaves to rescue the Reds. Meanwhile, Church ignores Washington's previous orders and leaves Caboose and his body in the middle of the canyon to take a look at Tex's body. Taking over a guard's body, Church walks into the base calmly. Meanwhile, the Reds manage to destroy the enemy Warthog, only to be berated by Washington, who wanted them to capture it. A Hornet then rises behind him and starts attacking the Reds. Washington escapes the Hornet and notices the Church-possessed guard heading within the base where Tex's body is and queries Caboose over the radio about the now frozen-in-place Church. Caboose blatantly lies to Washington in an attempt to hide the truth from him. A skeptical Washington asks Caboose to put Church on, when suddenly an explosion causes Church's body to fall over and Caboose quickly hangs up.
In the memo, the Chairman tells the Director that the laws aren't designed to outline every possible infraction, but is designed to punish anyone that disregards the safety and well being of citizens, regardless of how well it's justified.
- Length: 6:33
- Release date: September 15, 2008
As the Reds are busy with an attacking Hornet, Washington goes to Blue base, knocking out another guard before he can shoot Church. Church dispossesses the guard, who then faints, and then he explains that Tex is like him. Washington reminds him that they've all lost people, and then berates him for slowing his mission down. Going back outside, Washington handily takes down the Hornet. The Reds however wish to back out of their mission to infiltrate Project Freelancer, so Washington trades them a favor to get them to join the mission, demoting Grif. Caboose (surprisingly) then comes up with a plan to infiltrate the Project Freelancer Operational Command Center. Washington and Church will drive into the facility in a Warthog, and the Reds and Caboose hide inside of a tank and go in behind them. As they do, they are unaware that the Meta is hanging on to the back of the tank.
In the memo, the Director states that he values all of his subject's well being, but reveres above all else humanity's ability to continue and survive as a species, believing that no political committee or bureaucrat will convince him otherwise.
- Length: 6:35
- Release date: September 23, 2008
With Church pretending to be a prisoner, Washington breaks into the AI storage facility to search for the Alpha while the Reds and Caboose remain in the upper base. While searching the AI vault, Washington tells Church that he's found what they were searching for, which Church believed to be the Alpha. As Church approaches Washington to help, a flash of several images appear in his head, stunning him momentarily. Washington's target was actually the remains of his old AI, Epsilon.
In the memo, the Chairman tells the Director to not recast the committee's investigation into a vendetta as their questions are standard procedure, and that they have received all of Project Freelancer's records and logs granted by the UNSC, warning him that they'll see what the Director is hiding.
- Length: 7:03
- Release date: September 29, 2008
As boredom begins to set in for the Reds, Sarge and Simmons suspect that since they're inside Command, they can access all data relating to the Red and Blue soldiers. This is when Sarge comes up with the idea to "erase the Blues."
Meanwhile, in the AI vault, Washington explains everything to Church. During the Great War, the human race was in danger of losing, and Project Freelancer was one of many projects created with the intention of winning the conflict. They were only given the Alpha AI, and as Simmons stated in Chapter 14, an AI cannot be copied. The Director decided to subject it to different stressful scenarios, causing it to fragment in order to survive, and each fragment was harvested into the several different AI's given to the Freelancers. The fragments represented a personality of the Alpha, as Delta represents Alpha's logic, Omega represents its rage, Sigma represents its creativity, and Gamma represents its deceit. Alpha was unable to keep its memories intact, which is what led to Epsilon's creation. After being implanted with it, Washington knew what was done to Alpha through flashes from Epsilon, but never told his superiors. It is also the reason why he would not allow another AI in his system, in case it discovered the secret.
Washington concludes by explaining that, after an attempt was made to steal Alpha, it was moved to another location, which explains why Church was stationed in Blood Gulch (a place nobody would think to go to), why he was transferred to a different base by himself for 14 months, why he agreed with everything Delta said, why he felt nothing under Omega's control, and why he can move from body to body. It is because Church IS the Alpha AI.
In the memo, the Director believes that it is very predictable that the investigation is what politicians crave for, and to quickly return to the old.
- Length: 6:13
- Release Date: October 13, 2008
Simmons works on deleting the Blues from Command's database, but is annoyed by a blinking light. Grif goes to turn it off, but winds up receiving an incoming distress call from Tucker. At first Grif doesn't know who it is, until Tucker utters his catchphrase, "Bow Chicka Bow Wow". Tucker claims to have found something "under the sand," right before explosions are heard, forcing him to end the transmission. Church has trouble accepting the fact that he is an AI, telling Washington that he is 'fucking crazy', and would much rather believe that he is a ghost. Washington tells Church that he needs him to defeat the Meta. Church suggests that he get help from Tex since she is like him, but Washington is unwilling to trust her. Also, the Director and Counselor worked with her very closely, giving her so much special treatment that she was considered their favorite. An alarm goes off in the facility, forcing Washington and Church to leave the AI vault with Epsilon. Caboose notices several soldiers approaching them from outside but Grif closes the shutters to keep them out. Simmons hesitates when preparing to delete the information on the Blues, citing the purpose of the Red vs. Blue conflict, but Sarge does it anyway.
In the memo, the Chairman believes that the Director and Project Freelancer have abused the freedoms giving to them by the committee, and the abuse of the Alpha A.I. by the Director and Project Freelancer will be the subject of a criminal investigation, and states that the Director has seen the end of his patience.
- Length: 5:59
- Release Date: October 21, 2008
Washington and Church manage to outrun the guards and regroup with Sarge, Simmons, Grif, and Caboose, but the Recovery agents have them pinned in the bunker. Upon learning that the computers house all of command's records, Church decides to use it to check if he really is an AI, but is dismayed when Simmons points out Sarge had deleted all the information on all the Blues teams. Outside, the Meta attacks the Recovery agents. Washington, having planned on the Meta's appearance, uses it as a distraction to get to the motor pool. There, he attempts to send Sarge, Simmons, Grif and Caboose away with Epsilon so it can be returned to the authorities, while he and Church remain behind to activate an EMP failsafe that Project Freelancer has to eliminate the remaining AIs and equipment in the vicinity, knowing the Meta would endeavor to recover all the AIs in the vault. Church, however, refuses, and gets into Caboose's jeep with the intention of leaving, as he is apathetic to Project Freelancer and its exploits. Washington gives him a choice: to leave now, or to stay and find out the truth.
In the memo, the Director states he doesn't care about the Chairman or the committee's concerns about Project Freelancer's activities and reminds him that humanity was at war against an alien race. He believes that when humanity is faced with extinction, every alternative to win is preferable.
- Length: 9:44
- Release Date: October 30, 2008
The Reds and Blues attempt to flee the base in their vehicles while Washington attempts to finish Project Freelancer by activating an EMP inside the base. The Meta follows him inside the facility as he predicted. Washington heads towards the terminal allowing him access to the failsafe and suddenly the Counselor and the Director speak and attempt to stop him. The Meta arrives and it is revealed that the Meta is Agent Maine, who is attempting to gain the trust of Project Freelancer so he can meet the Alpha AI, a promise made by the Director. The Meta shoots Washington as per his orders. Meanwhile, Caboose loses the immobile body of Church as they escape from the base and has to leave him behind due to the imminent EMP which threatens Epsilon. Washington, answering Maine's question of where the Alpha is, reveals Church in the form as the Alpha AI, who jumps inside the Meta's head, still maintaining that the EMP will not kill him because he believes he is a ghost. This allows Washington to activate the EMP, destroying all AIs and other equipment, including Church, throughout the base. The Red Team's Warthog is disabled by the pulse, however Caboose manages to escape and save Epsilon from the EMP wave by driving his vehicle off a cliff.
In the memo, the Chairman informs the Director that the Oversight Subcommittee have dispatched officers to place him under arrest, and states that when the UNSC rewrites morality protocols for dealing with A.I.s, they'll rename entire sections in the doctrine after the Director, securing his name in history.
In Valhalla, the Reds discuss their new base given to them as a reward for their services to the military and it is revealed that Caboose has moved into the adjacent one and attempts to bring Epsilon back online.
In the epilogue, the Director steps down from his position after the Chairman presses full charges against him and Project Freelancer and details his final memo to him. The Director reveals in his final memo that he loved a woman early in his life (most likely Tex) that was killed many years ago, and that given the chance he could have saved her, and the memory of her has haunted him his entire life, and more so in the last few years than he could ever have imagined. He also reveals all the AIs were actually based from the minds of certain people, and the Alpha was no exception. He knows that there are punishments for laws he and Project Freelancer have broken, but there are none for the terrors they have inflicted on themselves. He tells the Chairman to send his men, stating that he won't fight back, as he's an old man tired, but satisfied with his duty, and that his mind is filled more by memory than hope. At the end of the epilogue it's revealed that Alpha/Church was based on the original (Doctor) Leonard Church, the Director of Project Freelancer. The fates of Washington and the Meta are left ambiguous.
Red Vs. Blue: Reconstruction was put together for a DVD Release by Rooster Teeth Productions. Once again, like RVB: The Blood Gulch Chronicles, this DVD is a region free NTSC Disc. It includes outtakes, deleted scenes, P.S.A.s and other extras. It was released on November 27.
- "Red vs. Blue: Reconstruction Trailer". Rooster Teeth Productions. Retrieved 2008-11-04.
- Burnie Burns (May 26, 2008). "Reconstructed". Rooster Teeth Productions. Retrieved 2008-11-04.
- Burnie Burns (October 30, 2008). "Chapter 19 is now up for Sponsors". Red vs. Blue - Blog. Rooster Teeth Productions. Retrieved 2008-11-04.
- Reconstruction Chapter 3 commentary.