So is it season 4.5? Or just season 5? Whatever. It's going to be awesome and we all know it. Check it: The Venture Bros. Blog has a bunch of screenshots, which is perfect because it's Friday afternoon and I can't be bothered. The new season starts/resume on Sunday, September 12 at 11:30 Eastern. Be there! Or be somewhere else. Whatever.
There's always some danger going into an episode like "The Better Man", which fanboys like me knew in advance would mark the triumphant return of Dr. Orpheus and the Order of the Triad. The Triad is sort of like the Boba Fett of the Ventureverse - they don't get a lot of screen time but are basically awesome every second you see them, and as a result fans have grown intensely fond of them. So the danger is that when you know they're going to get a spotlight episode, it will be a letdown. (more…)
I'm a week behind on recapping the latest VB installment, but since last night's episode was a repeat of the season premiere it's all good. So without any further preamble, let's get into it. The formula for "Self-Medication" is vintage Venture - some intense action (particularly during the cold open), and some further exploration of the larger theme of failure that permeates the entire VB universe. And by the time we're done, some major characters find themselves at a crossroads. First up is good ol' Doc, who nearly meets a gruesome end at the hands of a newly emboldened and energized Monarch (how can you not love a device called a 'scarionette'??). Rusty is literally saved by the bell, when a fortunately timed therapy appointment triggers a new Guild clause (the Mental Healt
OK, so not every episode can be a stone classic. I said last week that I like the more self-contained Venture Bros. episodes and I stick by that. But this one felt a little disjointed until the last few minutes. Maybe it's Doc Hammer's approach to the source material. Don't get me wrong though, there were plenty of good moments and laughs. Maybe part of the problem is that with three separate storylines to focus on (Sgt. Hatred and Rusty trying to save the boys, the boys contending with a grief-stricken Henchman 21, and the Monarch in desperate need of some Benadryl), there was simply too much ground to cover. I'm not sure what I would've cut, but I think the Hatred/Rusty bit felt the most flat. After earning some redemption in my eyes over the course of the season, Sgt. Hatred wa
Stupid real life is really putting a crimp in my ability to review this season of The Venture Bros. As a result, you may have noticed that last week's episode - "Handsome Ransom" - was skipped. I'll get around to it at some point, but suffice it to say that I enjoyed it quite a bit. And now on to newer business. I don't know about you, but Season 4 of VB is clicking in a way that Season 3 seldom did. Maybe it's the more character-driven storylines, but it doesn't feel as if Jackson and Doc are trying so hard this year. "Perchance to Dean" is a perfect example. It's got the feel of an early episode, but with the comedic and storytelling sophistication of more recent efforts. It really is a neat hybrid, just like Dean's creepy, Phantom of the Opera-esque clone brother. We ge
So hey, I'm a little late on this review. I know that seems inexcusable since it is the season premiere, but my damn DVR didn't record this when it was supposed to. And if it's not on my DVR, it doesn't exist. But enough of that...VENTURE BROS. IS BACK!!%$#! I think the question I asked as season 3 ended - in what direction do Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer want to take this show? - has been answered, at least on the basis of "Blood of the Father, Heart of Steel". They're going to get even deeper into the show's characters, while at the same time strengthening their geek cred. And we're also going to get plenty of laughs. So we got that going for us, which is nice. (more…)
The trailer for the upcoming season of The Venture Bros, which was shown at the recent San Diego Comic-Con, is up on the Adult Swim website. But I'll save you the trouble and just post it here. Not sure how much more of Sgt. Hatred I can take, but other than that this is pure win. J.G. Thirwell's music continues to be a vital part of the Venture experience, and the animation is at least as good as last season's. I caught a nice Raiders of the Lost Ark reference, and had to look up LARP. Oh and I laughed a bunch of times. Yeah, this is shaping up to be a kickass season.
Television. Love it or hate it, it sure beats reading or taking out the garbage. I don't post all that frequently about TV on this site, but man do I spend a truckload of time watching it. So here's a breakdown of the shows I watched over this past television season, and what I thought of them. Overall it was a pretty good year, and the spectre of the writers' strike is already a distant memory. American Dad! - I can only guess that more of Seth MacFarlane's attention has been directed towards this show than Family Guy, which is the reason it has consistently been the funnier of the two. Or maybe he isn't overseeing it, and that's why it's funnier. Either way, this season saw a drop in quality from the previous few but was still pretty good. Any bit with a Roger/Steve pairing was
I think I'm gonna need some more time to process the season 3 finale of The Venture Bros., but for right now I can't help but feel a bit let down. I think that's because Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer haven't yet figured out what they really want their show to be. Do they want it to be an homage/parody of the action/adventure genre, or do they want to fully invest in their own universe and mythology? All signs pointed to the latter as season 2 progressed, and that was reinforced this season with so many plot- and backstory-laden episodes. The laugh-out-loud moments decreased in general this year, but the payoff was ostensibly a series of richer stories and an opportunity to appreciate the show with more than ironic detachment. (more…)