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Red vs. Blue: The Shisno Paradox is the sixteenth full season of Red vs. Blue.[1] It is the second installment in The Shisno Trilogy helmed by Joe Nicolosi, who returns to write and direct[2], alongside new co-writer Jason Weight.

The first image from the season was posted to Collider on January 17, 2018, released alongside the reveal of Rooster Teeth's 2018 animation slate.[3] The season's release date was later confirmed on March 9, 2018, by Nicolosi himself in a post on his Rooster Teeth profile.[4] The title of the season was revealed on April 5, 2018 alongside a teaser trailer.[5] A clip from the season opener was released on April 12,[6] and the following day Collider revealed a season trailer.[7]

Unlike previous seasons, this season's public release was originally only available on Rooster Teeth's website.[8][9] However, the full season was released on YouTube on March 9, 2019, with the premiere of Red vs. Blue: Singularity. The digital home release of the season was made available on November 6, 2018, alongside an announcement that the Blu-Ray/DVD physical release would be available from January 1, 2019.[10]

Synopsis[]

The award-winning, longest-running web series Red vs. Blue returns with season 16. Picking up in the moments after the conclusion of season 15, Red vs. Blue returns with a new saga, pitting the characters against powerful new foes and launching them back into an epic adventure unlike any other in the show’s history[11]

Red vs. Blue is back! A simple trip to lunch triggers an epic quest full of new enemies, allies, betrayals, and stuffed crust in… ‘The Shisno Paradox,’ available April 15 on Rooster Teeth FIRST! Red vs Blue returns with the opening chapter of a brand new saga. With the present and future in peril, the Reds and Blues only have one place to go...[7]

Characters[]

Reds and Blues[]

Cosmic Powers[]

Agents of Chrovos[]

Interstellar Daily[]

Jax's Film Crew[]

Chorus[]

Other[]

Episodes[]

Episode List
# Episode Title Airdate (initial) Running Time Description
1. The Shisno April 15, 2018 9:36 The beginning of a new adventure for the Reds and Blues picks up right where the last one left off... a conversation about where to get lunch. Unbeknownst to our heroes, powerful forces have taken an interest in the debate.
2. Incendiary Incidents April 22, 2018 11:30 The gang goes out for pizza. Grif attempts to stop the plot from moving forward. The return of a deceased teammate throws all their plans in peril.
3. Lost Time April 29, 2018 8:52 Adrift in time and space, the Reds and Blues attempt to make sense of Donut's cryptic message. Sarge reopens old wounds. Caboose has a time machine.
4. Sis and Tuc's Sexellent Adventure May 6, 2018 10:44 Tucker and Sister go on a side quest to settle a romantic argument. Grif yells at children.
5. Headshots May 13, 2018 12:46 Sarge and Simmons take their new Red Team recruits on a mission to settle an old score. Powerful forces meet on Starseeds to discuss the Reds and Blues.
6. A Pizza the Action May 20, 2018 8:59 Grif and Doc struggle to invent pizza. Tucker and Sister get wasted.
7. It Just Winked At Me May 27, 2018 7:44 Two of the Reds and Blues engage in mortal combat against King Atlus' champion. Huggins says hi.
8. Recovery June 3, 2018 11:52 On the planet of Chorus, Agent Carolina helps Washington with the final stages of his recovery. Meanwhile, in the distant past, Grif attempts to put down roots.
9. Walk and Talk June 10, 2018 13:40 Agents Carolina and Washington visit with Dylan's time travel expert. Grif gets his steps in.
10. Caboose's Travels June 17, 2018 10:37 Caboose shares his vacation photos. In the distant past, the King of England receives an unexpected guest.
11. Sword Loser June 24, 2018 10:05 Huggins makes her plea to the Cosmic Powers. Grif's wish comes true.
12. Docudrama July 1, 2018 10:30 The Reds and Blues reunite behind the scenes of Jax's movie production. Grif attempts to wrangle cats.
13. A Time for Hammers July 8, 2018 11:41 The Cosmic Powers reveal the mythic origins of their war against Chrovos. The Reds and Blues learn their part in the battle to come.
14. Lights Out July 15, 2018 9:15 Tucker struggles to cope with the truth about Washington. A sleeping giant wakes.
15. Paradox July 22, 2018 22:27 In the season finale of the Shisno Paradox, Carolina leads the Reds and Blues in a time travel rescue mission to save Agent Washington.

Other Episodes[]

Lopez's Technical Guide to Empathy[]

What does it mean to empathize? Join Red Team's resident robot in learning about the inner workings of the mind, feelings, and social interactions! Some assembly required.

Unreal Estate[]

Finding a new home can be a long and difficult process, but Sister and Grif have you covered! Simmons, however, has something to say about the change of scenery.

A Trip Abroad[]

Going on a trip abroad can be scary; luckily Grif and Simmons have some advice that will surely come in handy.

Hard Truths[]

Tough love is the only love you losers can hope for, am I right?

RTX 2018[]

  • Main Article: RTX 2018
  • Airdate: July 18, 2018

August 3rd, 4th and 5th at the Austin Convention Center -- Be there, or be Blue!

Recycling[]

  • Main Article: Recycling
  • Airdate: August 12, 2018

Sarge and Grif are here to show you how to Reduce, Refuse, and Reload your Reliable shotgun! Also something about Recycling.

Diversity[]

  • Main Article: Diversity
  • Airdate: August 26, 2018

Grif and Simmons attempt to discuss the importance of Diversity while simultaneously trying not to offend everyone.

Gallery[]

See Also[]

Main article: Red vs. Blue: Season 16 Soundtrack

Trivia[]

  • This season was confirmed to take place moments after Season 15 in its official synopsis.
  • Unlike the previous seasons, this season will not be released to YouTube following the FIRST member release, stated by Matt Hullum in a journal post and Burnie Burns on the Rooster Teeth podcast. Only the following year, the same day the following season premiered, the whole season came on said video service.
  • This is the first season since Season 5 to have an opening credits sequence.
    • This is also the first time since Season 5 where Sister appears as a main character.
      • Despite this, Rebecca Frasier isn't shown in the opening credits. This is also the case in Singularity. This may just be an oversight.
  • Jason Saldaña and Rebecca Frasier recorded much of their dialogue as Sister and Tucker this season in the recording booth at the same time, a rare occurrence in animated productions.
  • At the time of its release, this season had the least amount of episodes in the entire series with only 15 episodes compared to the usual 19-21 episodes of other seasons. This would later be surpassed by Singularity which only has 12 episodes.
    • Despite this, the total runtime is estimated to be about the same as Season 12.[12]
    • Joe stated that he found the longer-than-normal runtime length of Season 15 (nearly 4 hours) to be too long, which is why he reduced the runtime.
    • Singularity itself would be surpassed by Zero which only had 8 episodes.
  • This is the first season since Revelation to have a specific subtitle.
  • The first and last episode of the season spells out, "The Shisno Paradox".
  • The video on demand release (available on Google Play, iTunes and Steam) reduces the first fourteen episodes into just seven ranging from 19 to 24 minutes. Six are named after what becomes the "first-parter" ("The Shisno", "Lost Time", "Headshots", "Walk and Talk", "Sword Losers", "A Time For Hammers"), while the combination of 7-8 is "Relapse and Recovery".

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