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The Venture Bros: The Lepidopterists

by Annie Wu, posted Aug 4th 2008 9:23AM
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(S03E10) The world of heroes and villains has a long, intricate history and with that comes lots and lots of cliches. Like, I mean, a lot of cliches. It was cool to see the show take on itself, making fun of things from invulnerable redshirts to protagonist/antagonist banter. Plus, we got to see giant robots and death rays, so all in all, it was a good day had by all. Also, "The Lepidopterists" pulled us back to the post-credits clip from "Tears of a Sea Cow". So, in case you're confused, all this took place after the Museum party and that's why there was no mention of the Monarch in the last episode. Got it? Good.

Hey, hey! Welcome back, theme song! I missed you. It's bee a while. I hope you're doing well.

Ahem.

Jonas, Jr.'s Team Venture running Ventronic was great, even though it kind of felt like it was written in to check off "giant fighting robot" on the writers' list of must-have references. The Captain's super-speed face as the sword-wielding robot arm hurled through the air was hysterical, as was Ned's super-colorful, clown ice cream cone arm. Obviously, The Monarch's floating cocoon was no match for this sweet action.

I wonder if Dr. Mrs. The Monarch has permanently returned to her Dr. Girlfriend costume. Was it too difficult taping her puppies into that scandalous outfit every morning? Or is this a sign of relationship troubles? The absence of Tim-Tom and Kevin was also pretty interesting. I wouldn't be surprised if they spent this entire episode scheming their little schemes. Oh, and saying pervy things about their lady.

Mr. Doe and Mr. Cardholder (amazing name) were another fantastic Doc and Jackson pairing. I know Halloween is still months away, but this season is driving me crazy with costume possibilities. Doe and Cardholder would be such brilliantly simple but sleek inside-jokey costumes, a perfect combination of pulp gumshoe and mod spy. With the introduction of another snarky duo and the endless meta-jokes about reckless henchmen dying, I was genuinely worried that we would see the end of #21 and #24. It would have been the perfect way to end it all, really: Keep the cliche, cautious henchman and kill off the seemingly invulnerable ones because they got too cocky. Or maybe #1 really made it out alive, because we didn't actually see a body. Also, the revelation of #1's name as Scott Hall was interesting. His name may have been a reference to the Scott Hall building at Rutgers, which Jackson Publick attended, or a shout-out to the Scott Hall that I was in Drama Club with me Freshman year. More likely to be the former than the latter.

Another Doc and Jackson pair, Watch and Ward, had one of the best exchanges in the entire episode:

Ward: Did you see his creepy little body?
Watch: Oh, my God! When you were a kid, did you ever make GI Joe hump Rainbow Brite?
Ward: Yeah.
Watch: He's what their kid would have looked like.

The Captain's sub-story with his revived tranquilizer dart addiction was hilarious, simply because of the line "It's like getting sucked off by an angel!" I swear I will do my damnedest to work that into an everyday conversation sometime in the near future. It's too beautiful not to steal. I can't tell if the Captain will ever revert to his old ways. We saw that he was capable of doing so in the museum party mutiny, but maybe that was just something he had to get out of his system. Will he remain loyal to Jonas, Jr.? Or will that dart monkey on his back and his love of pirate costumes bring him back to the antagonist's life?

Jonas, Jr. teamed up with the resident lepidopterists, Mr. Doe and Mr. Cardholder, and special guest Brock Samson to get rid of The Monarch. It was good to see Scaramantula's old inventions come back into play and Brock's visible death ray envy.

So, it looks like the baddies --- I mean, antagonists -- got away and they've found a Guild of Calamitous Intent loophole to get back to Rusty Venture. We're just one episode away from the inevitably epic two part finale, and I'm racking my brain trying to piece together any possible stories for the ending, and it's just looking more and more like a Rusty vs. Monarch confrontation. And, my God, we haven't heard from Phantom Limb since the very end of the first episode!

Shirt of the Week: Office of Secret Intelligence. A-ha! As I stated in my review for "The Invisible Hand of Fate", even though they didn't have the logo as the design for that OSI-heavy episode, I knew they'd get around to it eventually. It's too good to not print. That said, I don't think I'll get this one because A) white t-shirts ain't my bag, and B) it might cause an all-out throwdown against my Guild of Calamitous Intent shirt in the wardrobe. I'll stick to dressing like an antagonist for now.

How would you rate this episode?
5 - "It's like getting sucked off by an angel!"186 (78.2%)
439 (16.4%)
311 (4.6%)
21 (0.4%)
1 - Awful.1 (0.4%)

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Cdog

My favorite exchange:

Mr. Doe: I like the cut of his jib.

Mr. Cardholder: I like the cut of his hair.

August 06 2008 at 10:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
michael

Great episode. Wow, what a payoff.

Fantastic lines and one liners. I too loved the I am ironing a shirt bit.

Worst time not to have a DVR.

August 04 2008 at 10:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
StillBash

Coming back from work, watching the episode and reading your review made this a perfect Monday. Thanks Annie :-)

August 04 2008 at 6:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tom

Scott Hall is also a pro-wrestler, so maybe that guy too...probably not though.

August 04 2008 at 11:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Zachary

The GI Joe/Rainbow Brite exchange was funny, but I preferred:

If it were a woman, I'd marry her.
And I'd jeopardize our friendship by nailing your hot wife.

August 04 2008 at 11:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BillS

"I'm quite sure I'm ironing a shirt" was my favorite line of the episode, and apparently nobody else's.

I was also happy to see the theme song back... when the four trumpet notes in a row happen and the venture family faces zoom forward, Hank's expression makes me giggle every time.

August 04 2008 at 10:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Pudge

I cracked up the shirt line so much, I had to pause Adult Swim Fix just to catch my breath. That's the kind of spur of the moment phone humor that keeps me from ignoring phone calls from telemarketers.

August 04 2008 at 3:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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