It’s hard to believe that Red vs. Blue, a web series established in 2003, has accumulated a staggering 16 seasons. The Shisno Paradox is the latest run for the show, occupying a pretty robust lineup of programming from the Rooster Teeth studio.
The Shisno Paradox revolves around the typical Red and Blue crew (plus or minus a few characters over the past several seasons), on a quest for a simple pizza. True to form, what starts out as a seemingly innocent run for takeout becomes a silly and overly complex mess of time travel. The crew do their best to “fix the past” and evade a group of all-powerful gods, giving way to a few interesting tangles a long the timelines.
The newest season feels like an attempt to hearken back to the older days of RvB before it started leaning towards the more serious material. This makes the earlier episodes feel disjointed and maybe even a touch too silly, before it inevitably snaps back to brass tacks. While live action elements are certainly not new to the show, this season’s use of them contributes to the over-the-top kookiness to make it feel more like an Adult Swim show rather than relying on the biting wit RvB has been known for.
That being said, the story does improve after several episodes, but at that point the viewer must either be fully invested or lost entirely. The humor is certainly still present and capitalizes more on the animation elements to represent the physical jokes and reactions, which works in its favor.
The full season compilation on DVD and Blu-ray boasts a few extra bonus features including behind-the-scenes looks at the machinima process and insights to the new character arcs for Tucker and Kaikaina (Sister). With any show that has run this long, there’s bound to be a few hit-or-miss years. The Shisno Paradox isn’t a complete miss, but doesn’t particularly stand out among the many other seasons of RvB.
Final Score: 3/5
Red vs. Blue: The Shisno Paradox is available now on digital formats, and will be available on DVD and Blu-ray on January 1, 2019 through many major retailers.