|Red vs. Blue Episode|
|"Immersion: The Warthog Flip"|
|Airdate|| October 9, 2016 (sponsors)|
October 10, 2016 (RT users)
October 16, 2016 (public)
Immersion: The Warthog Flip is a special crossover episode of Red vs. Blue and Rooster Teeth's live action series Immersion. It is the twenty-third episode of Red vs. Blue: Season 14. It aired on October 9th, 2016 for sponsors, October 10th, 2016 for Rooster Teeth site users, and October 16th, 2016 for the general public.
- Caboose (Voice only)
The Red Team is speeding in the desert, with Simmons telling Grif to slow down, but Grif says there's no time. Sarge demands an explanation for Grif's driving, and tells Simmons he thought that the Warthog had a bomb inside that would explode if they slowed down (which Lopez says is the plot to Speed). Caboose calls them on the radio, and tells them that Red Base's power is still out, and their ice cream is starting to melt, much to Grif's horror. Simmons is angry that Grif's speeding for ice cream, but Grif says it's Rocky Road-flavored, and Sarge is worried about their defenses being down due to the power outage. Simmons asks why Donut can't turn the power back on, but Sarge explains he sent Donut to the store to get new power steering for the Warthog... which they're driving. Grif finds that the steering is unresponsive, and everyone jumps out as they are unable to turn away from dangerous terrain. The Warthog then flips over as it hits a bump.
The camera then switches over to Burnie Burns, who introduces a special episode of Immersion. Burnie explains that in the Halo games, you can easily flip a Warthog, or any vehicle, with just a press of a button. But now it's time to see if it can be done in real life. Burnie brings in Miles Luna as this episode's lab rat, wearing Spartan VI armor. Burnie tells Miles that he will first try to flip the Warthog back right-side up using nothing but brute strength (over Miles's protests that it's impossible for him to flip a 2-ton vehicle on his own). Miles makes a few hopeless attempts, but fails to make any progress.
Refusing to give up, Burnie then goes to the Rooster Teeth Workshop, and introduces this episode's scientist, Marcus LaPorte (Rooster Teeth's Production Designer). Marcus explains that the Warthog has been reinforced with steel frame so it can withstand the force needed to flip it, and large metal rings have been welded to it that are connected by steel cables to a pneumatic ram. Since Halo players can flip a Warthog in less than a second, Burnie says that 1,500 psi (37,000 pounds of force) to simulate the flip. Back outside, Marcus gives Burnie a large "X" button that will trigger the flip, much to Miles's annoyance (and jealousy); when Burnie presses it, the Warthog flips. Burnie declares science as the winner for this episode.
Meanwhile, the Red Team regroups; Grif laments that by this point the ice cream has probably melted into "ice cream soup", but realizes he's fine with that, and Simmons calls him disgusting in response. Sarge admits that this is the best episode of Red vs. Blue he's ever seen, and says that the only thing that could improve it would be a "larger-than-life, completely unnecessary, gratuitous explosion". Simmons says there's no real need for anything to explode and that it'd just be shoehorning it in for a spectacle. Sarge mentions the bomb in the Warthog. Lopez angrily argues that there is no bomb, only for the Warthog to explode immediately afterwards. Simmons remarks with surprise that there was a bomb in the jeep after all, and Lopez calls them assholes.
- This is the third live-action episode of Red vs. Blue, following Sleeper and The No. 1 Movie in the Galaxy: 3 respectively. It is the fifth instance overall, including Remember Me How I Was and Don't Say It.
- The armor suit used for Simmons is of different build quality than the suits used for Sarge and Grif, most noticeably with lower shoulders, a rounder helmet, and an EVA chest piece.
- While Miles Luna wears Sarge's suit during the actual experiment, during scripted sequences Sarge, Grif, and Simmons are portrayed by professional stuntmen, with the Grif and Simmons costumes being designed by Saul Portillo and Brenden Turner.
- Gavin Free, who directed Recreation, was the Phantom Camera Operator for the warthog explosion.
- Burnie tells Miles, "Lift with your back, not with your legs," referencing Sarge's line in It's a Biological Fact and the running gag of "lifting with the groin".
- After Miles attempts to lift the Warthog and falls down, he says, "Spartans never die, they're just missing in action or on their back," referencing Carter-A259's quote in the Halo: ReachVideo Game Awards Trailer (itself an in-universe reference to ONI Directive 390, which stipulated that any SPARTAN-II casualties be reported as Missing In Action or Wounded In Action, never Killed In Action, in order to maintain morale).