No more flashbacks, no more character sketching, and no more filling in questionably important bits of history - the season finale of The Venture Bros. is all about moving forward. All the buildup and all the backstory is done, so I hope you were paying attention. Actually, if you think about it almost all of this season's back end has really been the finale, since most of the episodes have picked up right where previous ones left off. So in that sense, everything from "Tears of a Sea Cow" forward has been part of one big story arc. (One caveat before we move forward: the first few minutes of this week's episode were cut for the television broadcast. If you want to see the entire episode uncut, you can watch it on adultswim.com.) In the cold open, things look bleak for the
For a guy who earned two doctorates in the space of a few months, Dr. Jonas Venture Jr. sure can be a dummy sometimes. Dredging up the past, now matter how well-intentioned, is typically a bad idea when super-scientists, adventurers, and their arch nemeses are involved. This week we delve deep into the past of some significant people and places. In an action-packed flashback we see Dr. Jonas Venture going undercover (barely) to infiltrate the Fraternity of Torment (Scaramantualla, Manotaur, and Brainula), who have taken little Rusty hostage. In storms the original Team Venture - Col. Gentleman, Ook-Ook, Kano, Otto Aquarius, Speedy, a very large Dr. Entmann as Humungeloid, and a psychotic Action Man, who goes apeshit and unloads two gun clips into a hapless henchman - to save Rusty
Well that was...f&@*ed up. It seems poor Doc Venture is once again left to clean up one of his father's messes. And speaking of Jonas Venture, the shine sure has come off his apple this season, eh? The action this week returns to Venture Industries - deep below Venture Industries, in fact (just how friggin' big is this place anyway?). Rusty and Brock drop through the floor of the compound and find themselves trapped in different areas of what's revealed to be a giant nuclear fallout shelter. While Brock ends up chatting with a miniaturized cohort of the late Dr. Venture (the cleverly named Dr. Paul Entmann), Rusty fares considerably less well. It turns out the shelter is still inhabited, and has been since a 1978 accident forced its closure. Well, maybe accident is stret
Ahhh, now that's the stuff! What's not to love about "Dr. Quymn, Medicine Woman"? There was plenty of action, mystery, and top-notch jokes. Oh yeah, and my prayers about seeing more Hank and Dean were answered tenfold. This was vintage Venture Bros. my friends. Save for a few brief (but extremely relevant) flashbacks into Dr. Venture's life, this was a completely self-contained episode; the first one of the season. In it we find Rusty in the Amazon, where he has stolen a native fertility idol, for completely selfish and non-financial reasons. He is almost overtaken by a local tribe, but is rescued at the last minute by Dr. Tara Quymn. Thanks to some great flashbacks we learn the pair knew each other as children, when a budding romance was killed by, you guessed it, Rusty's f
I can't be the only one who made instant comparisons between this week's episode of The Venture Bros. and the classic season 1 entry, "Tag Sale - You're It!" The obvious link is Doc Hammer, who wrote both episodes. But more than that, the episodes contain the same ingredients for awesomeness -- clever dialogue, a deceptively simple plot, tons of great cameos, and just enough intrigue to keep the overall story arc moving. As for that deceptively simple plot, it pretty much goes like this -- Dr. Venture, strapped for cash, converts his compound into Rusty's Day Camp for Boy Adventurers. And unbeknownst to all but Brock, the Monarch seizes the opportunity to do some reconnaissance (do not call it arching!). Working off that framework, "The Buddy System" is a parade of character v
As depressing as it is to contemplate, we're now just about one-third of the way through season 3 of The Venture Bros. I'll let that sink in for a moment before diving into the newest episode, "Home Is Where the Hate Is." This week picks up the thread of the season premiere, as we see how the Monarch is adjusting both to married life and life without Dr. Venture as his arch-nemesis He and his new bride, Dr. Mrs. The Monarch, are the newest residents of Malice, a housing development for supervillains. But first the Monarch undertakes some housecleaning, which is to say he burns anything that reminds him of his wife's relationship with Phantom Limb. But it turns out that what's really bothering the Monarch isn't Phantom Limb; it's his new post-Venture life. Depressed, he declin
For those who griped about the lack of Ventures in the season 3 premiere, you got what you wanted this week. In fact, we all got more Venture than we bargained for... "The Doctor Is Sin" covered a very familiar theme in the Venture universe -- failure. And of course, the biggest failure on the show is none other than Dr. Thaddeus "Rusty" Venture himself. And at first, things continue to look mighty grim for the son of Dr. Jonas Venture - he can't find any cheap Mexican labor to work in his lab and he still can't outperform his twin brother. But most dire of all: his Potemkin village-esque attempt to land a new government contract falls flat, putting the very future of Venture Industries into doubt. While all this is going on, Dr. Venture has to deal with the loss of the Monarch as hi...
Oh happy day! After what seems like years of waiting (1 year, 7 months, 17 days actually - but who's counting?), The Venture Bros. will finally return to [adult swim] on June 1st! But as the last month-plus of waiting ticks slowly by, I can at least amuse myself with the recently released teaser trailer for season 3. According to Jackson Publick himself, this trailer only draws from 3 1/2 episodes of the season, but man does it bode well for the whole shebang! It's so good to see many of my old friends - Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend, Rusty Venture, the Alchemist, Master Billy Quizboy, Brock Samson, Hank Venture (no Dean though). And how awesome is that G.I. Joe tribute??? (If the embedded trailer above doesn't respond, just follow the link in the first paragraph.)