Like I said in my last post, I really need to get a recommendations section set up here so that I have a dedicated place to gush about RWBY. For now, though, I'll keep my thoughts short.
One of the things I noticed when I started interacting with the fandom is that there's this general consensus that RWBY's story is lacking. Now, I'll be the first to admit that there are some definite shortcomings with the show: the animation, obviously, needs some work, and the sheer number of characters means that character development is problematic. But, to be honest, the complaints that people have about the story bug me.
When you take the openings and closings out, Volume 1 has a runtime of 110 minutes and Volume 2 has a runtime of 150 minutes. To put that in contrast, that's almost 7 episodes of a standard 1-hour television show. 13 episodes of 21-minute anime.
In Stargate SG-1, we hadn't seen Thor yet. Or Hathor. Or Cassandra. Or the Tollan. They haven't even found the second Stargate in Antarctica. On Atlantis, they hadn't met the Genii. On Destiny, they hadn't found the control chair, much less the bridge.
James T. Kirk had yet to bluff with the Corbomite device. Or battle the Gorn. Or travel back in time to 1969. Picard hadn't become Dixon Hill. Or discovered Lore. On Deep Space Nine, Odo still believed he was the only living member of his race. Jonathan Archer hadn't ever heard of the Temporal Cold War. Voyager was still in whatever hell the first season of Voyager was.
Haruhi didn't know who Temaki's father was. Ed didn't know about the Ishbal Massacre. Usagi didn't know Mamoru's name. Sayoran had yet to obtain Hien or his second Clow Card. Naruto hadn't encountered the Three Sand Siblings.
Have I made my point yet?
All of the above events happen in the first season of their respective shows, and, in comparison to RWBY's runtime, we haven't gotten to any of them yet. Some of the most pivotal moments in these series hadn't happened yet.
I have plenty of problems with some of the elements of the story that RWBY has told so far. But, unlike some people, I know better than to get impatient.
Some people out there seem to think that, in two volumes, RWBY has to have an epic sense of story. I don't know if these people realize that we're essentially watching a show about a team of teenagers coming of age and still learning in university. To me, RWBY is a still a college drama; we haven't gotten to the hard part yet. The plans of Roman and Cinder are bound to throw the world of Remnant into chaos, but, right now, we're seeing a slice of life at Beacon. The time of heroes isn't at hand yet.
Monty outlined 10 volumes of RWBY. 10 years. That is about two or three seasons of anime, or about two seasons of television.
While Rooster Teeth may never be able to fully articulate his vision, I know that Miles, Kerry, and everyone else working on the show is going to do the best damn job they can.
Go back and watch the first episode of Red vs. Blue, then watch where they are now. Things change.