Red vs Blue began as a web series back in 2003 with a couple of friends using the original Halo video game to shoot video with comedic voice-overs. The unexpected popularity of the series soon gave rise to the company RoosterTeeth (fun fact: their chicken/chattering plastic teeth icon originally stood for “cock bite”, an insult commonly used in early episodes of the show). 14 seasons later and many other projects later, RoosterTeeth still makes Red vs Blue episodes as the cornerstone of their company’s success. The show has gone through changes in dynamic over the years, from pure comedy to action-comedy to almost pure action, and everywhere in-between. One of the downsides of the series is that each episode is only a few minutes long, making expanding on lore and side stories difficult. The Ultimate Fan Guide remedies that problem in a hilarious fashion.
14 seasons is a long time to establish your characters. Who they are, where they have been, who they will be; we have seen it all through the eyes of the Reds and Blues. While the Ultimate Fan Guide does highlight information already present in the series, such as character dossiers and some of the more memorable quotes, it also features new materials not seen in the shows. This involves personal accounts of the main characters as well as many side characters, including backstory relevant to the plot (yes, there is a plot; just get past season 5) of the series. It also highlights other important concepts, such as key locations, as well as character elements not seen in the show that expands beautifully on our favorite hapless yet successful soldiers. The snippets “written” by the characters are particularly gut tickling.
While this book did come out after the Chorus trilogy ended (season 13), the book only goes up to season 12 with information; presumably, because they were still writing while the 13th season was in production. The book lightly touches on the first two parts of that trilogy to keep spoilers fairly at bay for readers. However, the book has full spoilers for everything before that (seasons 1-10). If you want to watch the show, doing so at least up to that point before reading the Ultimate Fan Guide is recommended. After watching the show, the fan guide is very handy because it helps you grasp the chronology in the series. Large portions of the show (particularly seasons 9 and 10) are depicted via flashback. This can make it tricky to determine exactly what happened when; more so as the show goes on and the number of flashbacks builds up.
Although written in a comedic fashion, the Ultimate Fan Guide makes a great reference book for people who want to find some information without rewatching whole seasons to locate it. Granted an entire season is only 2~ hours long, but it is faster to read this than rewatch the whole show. Especially if you are trying to remember the story so far as new seasons premiere. This book will leave you laughing with deleted scenes, personal insights from the Reds and Blues, and insightful statistics (such as the number of nutshots throughout the series). For more serious readers, the book does have canon information not available anywhere else if you want to know everything there is about Red vs Blue. Either way, this book will appeal to any RoosterTeeth fan.