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"RvB meets Fast & Furious"
—season tagline

Red vs. Blue: Zero is the first installment in the current iteration of Red vs. Blue, as well as the eighteenth season overall. The season is co-directed and written by Torrian Crawford, Noël Wiggins, and Joshua Kazemi of Rooster Teeth's Death Battle, from a story by Crawford. While not a hard reboot, it can be considered a soft reboot, abandoning plot threads and characters established in what Rooster Teeth now calls the "Legacy" Red vs. Blue series.

While central character models are still based on the Halo franchise, the season features environments and several characters using weapons and fighting monsters not featured in the Halo games, instead utilizing assets from Unreal Engine's store, including monster designs from the cancelled game Paragon and weapons and character models from Ying Pei Games.

A first glimpse of the season was released in January 2020, showcasing a brief animated fight sequence between two unknown characters. Additional images and clips of other new characters were later promoted afterward midway through the 2020 year. The first episode, Viper, had an early premiere during the RTX@Home First Night livestream on Rooster Teeth's website, with a trailer being posted not long after, on September 15th, 2020.

The season was originally set to premiere on October 19, 2020, but was pushed back to November 9, 2020.[10]

Synopsis

In Red vs. Blue: Zero, a mysterious syndicate leader known only as Zero seeks an Ultimate Power, and a ragtag team of heroes and misfits called SHATTER SQUAD must work together to save the galaxy.[11]

Characters

Shatter Squad

Alliance of Defense

Viper

Other

Episodes

Episode List
# Episode Title Airdate (initial) Running Time Description
1. Viper November 9, 2020 11:04 Before Washington can secure a strange alien artifact, a mysterious syndicate known as Viper attacks his base. Meanwhile, Shatter Squad races to pick up a new recruit.
2. Recovery November 16, 2020 13:15 Carolina acquires a new team in Shatter Squad; do they have what it takes? Zero and Phase track the coordinates to an ancient temple. What lies inside? There's only one way to find out.
3. Duo November 23, 2020 15:28 While investigating the incident at Falcon Base, West and Raymond encounter a formidable foe. Shatter Squad prepares to go head to head with Viper.
4. Encounter November 30, 2020 11:21 Failing on all fronts, Shatter Squad is at odds with themselves as they reflect on their battle with Viper.
5. Sideways December 7, 2020 12:49 Shatter Squad races to a secluded Fort Operating Base. The Mission: Protect Lavernius Tucker and prevent his sword from falling into the clutches of Viper.
6. Shattered December 14, 2020 10:22 West reveals more about his past while Shatter Squad licks their wounds. Zero gives the team one final taunt.
7. For Power Pt. 1 December 21, 2020 15:03 Zero is moments away from achieving the ultimate power! Can Shatter Squad stop him in time? The clocks ticking...
8. For Power Pt. 2 December 28, 2020 16:33 Locked in the deadliest fight of their lives, does Shatter Squad have what it takes to save the fate of the World?

Other Episodes

PSA List

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PSA Title Airdate Description
1. Laundry Day February 8, 2020 Grif and Simmons instruct you on how to keep your Reds and Blues vibrant and clean!
2. Put Your Money Where Your Mouse Is February 15, 2020 Be the change you want to see! Sarge and Simmons demonstrate how to have your voice heard through internet petitions!
3. Spice it Up February 22, 2020 After 17 long seasons, the Reds and Blues think up new and interesting ways to keep things fresh!
4. Caboose's The Price Wheel of Cash: A Red vs. Blue PSA February 29, 2020 Join us for the high-flying, daring, adventurous hit new gameshow on this side of the galaxy! Your host Caboose pits Red Team against trial after trial in: The Price Wheel of Cash!
5. Visit the Doctor! March 7, 2020 After years of fighting, the Reds and Blues go to check in on their personal healthcare at the doctor!
6. Moving Out March 14, 2020 Join Grif and Simmons as they discuss an important step to adulthood: moving out!
7. New Tech March 21, 2020 The times have changed, and technology has shifted the way the world works! Join Simmons and Grif as they demonstrate the wonders of new tech!
8. Cyber Insecurities March 28, 2020 The internet can be a dangerous and volatile place! Simmons guides you on how to prepare yourself for the harsh cyber-land of the web, in Cyber Insecurities!
9. Snowed In April 4, 2020 Harsh weather is upon us! Join Doc as he shows you how to prepare for being snowed in! Just be careful to look out for the dreaded cabin fever!
10. End Preppers April 11, 2020 Prepare yourself for the end times! Join the Reds as they instruct you on how to work through numerous doomsday scenarios in End Preppers!
11. Amateur Voice Actors April 18, 2020 Want to know how to wrangle the fresh voice talent for your show? Sarge and Simmons have the perfect guide to working with Amateur Voice Actors!
12. Hitting the Mark April 25, 2020 The very best takes from the professionals on Red vs. Blue!
13. RvB Zero SDCC Clip July 25, 2020 Take a quick, behind the scenes look at the latest season of Red vs Blue. Buckle up, we're going ZERO to sixty this fall!
14. Red VS Blue (Death Battle) November 15, 2020 A 17 year long rivalry comes to an end! Every wonder why we're here?
15. Red vs Blue presents Halo is Coming to Fortnite December 14, 2020 Grif and Sarge prepare for the arrival of Master Chief. That is until a "sneaky blue" gets there first.
16. Build a Better Blood Gulch December 19, 2020 The OG crew meets the Zero crew to tackle a new project in celebration of Master Chief coming to Fortnite.

Reception

Reception for Red vs. Blue: Zero has been mainly mixed to negative. Critics and fans praised the season for its fight scenes and dynamic camera direction; some even reacted positively to the season's tone of feeling like a ‘Saturday morning cartoon or Fast and Furious movie (as advertised).

The season drew much criticism for its writing and deviating from the original themes of the series, particularly the absence of the Reds and Blues. The season also drew criticism for reintroducing original characters Carolina, Washington, and Tucker. Specifically for making them side characters and having them barely interact with the new characters, which could've helped move the plot. In addition, the handling of certain aspects of the lore set up in previous seasons drew criticism as well, such as Wash's cerebral hypoxia and the mechanics of Tucker's sword.[12][13]

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Trivia

  • The opening intro music for this season is "The Mark" by Omega Sparx, making this is the first season to be released with a weekly intro credits sequence.
    • This is the first season since Season 14 to have end of episode credits, though Season 14 had multi-parters that only featured credits in the last one.
  • This season contains 8 episodes[1], making it the shortest season to date by that measure.
  • A brief glimpse of it was shown during the January 13, 2020 episode of the RT Podcast, showing two soldiers battling - the full version was later found in the website of the season's director, Torrian Crawford.
    • A second teaser was released on April 6, 2020, alongside other upcoming 2020 Rooster Teeth productions, showcasing Phase and Zero battling against The Guardian.
    • A third clip, featuring Agent One in action, was revealed alongside a teaser image on Torrian Crawford's Twitter.[14][15]
  • The internal name for this season was RvB meets Fast & Furious. [16]
  • Noël Wiggins‘ vision for this season of the show was to make it feel like a Saturday-morning cartoon. [16]
  • This season is the first not to use Maya for rendering since Season 10, instead using the Unreal Engine's Realtime renderer.
  • This is the first season of Red vs. Blue to be delayed.
    • This is the first season of Red vs. Blue to not feature most of the title characters in a large capacity, minus Carolina, Washington and Tucker.
      • According to Torrian Crawford on Twitter, the Reds and Blues were meant to be more prominent in this season, but due to behind the scenes complications, the original idea was scrapped. [17]
    • This is additionally the first season of Red vs. Blue to not feature music from longtime series composer Trocadero.

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