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The Venture Bros: The Family That Slays Together, Stays Together (Part I) - VIDEO

by Annie Wu, posted Aug 17th 2008 11:55PM
The Venture Bros.
(S03E12)
Firstly, a bit of news. Both Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick, as opposed to a solo Doc, will be attending this year's Dragon*Con in Georgia, so go see them if you can. Secondly, the guys have done a video commentary for "ORB" and you can watch it on Adult Swim's website. Not as many off-topic ramblings that we know and love in this one, so if you miss irrelevance and mimed nunchuck skills, revisit the old "The Buddy System" commentary. And last but not least... This week's episode premiered on the Adult Swim Fix as usual, but this time there's actually bonus footage that was not included in the televised version. It's pretty self-contained, but definitely worth a watch. I've embedded it here, to save you that exhausting trip across teh internetz.



It's crazy to think that all of this episode was packed into just twenty-two minutes. I mentioned in an earlier review that this season has felt like a series of set-ups and we've been waiting for the big punchline. Well, beginning with "ORB" and continuing with this episode, the punchline seems to be finally taking shape. The guys certainly know how to end the season with a bang, and they're gently tying up the loose ends as they go. This episode was probably one of the best of the season. They even let HELPeR save the day for once, using his office chair bottom to land the X-1.

So, Brock didn't die, but he had to bust up his charger after it tried to kill him. This whole episode was a mess for the guy, really. But how could he be sad with so much love and robot hugs around him? Having to tell the boys that he didn't love them was like something out of a cheesy movie, but I couldn't help but feel a wee bit heartbroken for Dean and Hank. Thank goodness Hank lightened the mood by surprising Brock in the car. I was trying to figure out if Hank was so ballsy during Brock's fights because of his admiration or because of his newfound belief that he's immortal. Maybe Hank is really that dumb.

We haven't seen Molotov Cocktease all season and that super-short conversation totally didn't do her justice. At least we now know she has a posse of Black Hearts. She introduced the details of the three assassins hired to kill Brock: Herr Trigger, Go-Fish, and Le Tueur. If you haven't done so already, it's worth pausing the video on the Fix to read the assassins' details. The return to Nightingales was also great, if only to see Hunter Gathers in strip-action. Also, either Doc Venture had a severe case of Red Moco Cooler goggles or he has a stubble fetish.

If JG Ballard wrote spy adventures, his action hero would be Herr Trigger. What a hilarious creep and hilarious death. Go-Fish wasn't quite as intriguing, I thought, but still very creative in using chumming for evil. Brock's final tango with Go-Fish confused me a bit. Did he prepare a hairpiece for the shark stunt? Had he been wearing a wig this whole time? Did he just come up with that idea on the spot? I don't know how an impromptu poodle-mullet could have stayed intact without some crazy full scalp removal, from which Brock didn't seem to be suffering. I guess I'll just write it off as cartoon possibility, like the Henchmen's blinking goggles. The Batman-filled battle with La Tueur, who had a ridiculously gaudy costume for such a sophisticated fellow, was fantastic, even though Brock got his nipple cut off. Once, again, I must wonder if Hank has already started testing his immortality.

I was excited by the fabulous return of Shore Leave, but the fact that he was re-born as Holy Diver made it all the more awesome. I loved everything from his sassy head bobbing while activating the Boots of the Gospel to the final "Boom! Yummy." Thank goodness he's so scantily clad, because otherwise that armor-up would have taken forever. I actually ran through the Season Two DVD commentary because I could not, for the life of me, remember why or when Holy Diver was first mentioned. I finally found it during "Assassinanny 911", a bit after Molotov took on the Manaconda. Holy Diver was an imaginary character, described as just a guy in a diving suit emblazoned with a cross with an anchor on the bottom. Doc Hammer suggested that the worst episode ever would involve -- and only involve -- Holy Diver, Dean, HELPeR, and Otto Aquarius underwater. Now that Holy Diver has a tangible identity, I believe that imaginary episode would actually be the greatest in the entire history of television. More Soul Mates, please.

The Monarch, Dr. Mrs. The Monarch, #21, #24, and the Moppets made a surprisingly efficient team in such a poor situation. The Moppets seemed almost too obedient this time. When are they going to make their move and stab the Monarch in the back? Or at least slit the throats of #21 and #24? Not that it wouldn't be some of the most depressing character deaths ever. I'm also a little worried about how Sgt. Hatred is already inconsolable over the very idea of Princess Tinyfeet leaving him. She was the only one keeping him in line, so will he be reverting to his old ways once she leaves him? I briefly considered the possibility that she had another announcement, like a pregnancy, but then I realized that would be even worse than a break-up.

The episode ended with the Monarch's cocoon approaching helpless HELPeR holding up the empty X-1 and the LAPD kicking down the motel room door, facing vomit-faced Doc, Dean, Hank, and Brock in his Juice sweatpants. Man, the guys must have something spectacular prepared for next week. No pressure, boys.

And now, the big question: Where in the heck is Phantom Limb?

Shirt of the Week: Molotov's Black Hearts. Wow, I definitely did not see this coming, but I love it. Boys get another black t-shirt with the design, but it looks like the ladies have been treated to a white tank top version. Good call in not actually including the word "cocktease" in the design and opting for a more subtle "MC." I really had no idea what to expect this week, but for a split second, I thought about Holy Diver's cross-anchor. That'd be a tough shirt to pull off.

How would you rate this episode?
5 - Amazing.134 (80.7%)
427 (16.3%)
33 (1.8%)
21 (0.6%)
1 - Terrible.1 (0.6%)

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Discosis

Actually, I really thought this weeks tshirt would be Brisbyland.

As for the extra 2 minutes ... I'm not in the USA, so I can't watch it. Balls to that.

Apparently my money's good for overpriced Aussie DVD sales but I'm still not allowed to watch stuff on Adult Swim's website. Thank god for channel BT, good thing they cut out the ads too since I'm probably not allowed to see them too.

August 19 2008 at 9:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Danny Smith

I think they should have made a shirt that had "BUSEY!!!" afixed to a seat belt. Works on more than one level.

August 18 2008 at 8:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Frank M.

There were a couple of little things in the episode that I loved:

1st) Brock getting Hank to put on his seat belt by mentioning Gary Busey & then just shouting, "BUSEY!!!" in the X1 to get everyone to put on their seat belts.

2nd) Dean handing Brock his nipple which he puts back on & then watching the nipple fall off when the cops show up.

August 18 2008 at 12:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Zachary

My friend and I do not understand why OSI wants to kill Brock. Can someone explain it? I thought it was a misunderstanding between him and his car, but then OSI assigned 3 assassins to take him out.

August 18 2008 at 11:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Ben Belden

My assumption was that because Operation Rusty's Blanket (ORB) involved Brock killing Dr. Venture before he could use The Orb and Doc chose not to do anything with it, the mission was over and Brock's services were no longer needed by OSI and so they had chosen to eliminate him.

Then again, my TiVo always cuts off the first two minutes of an episode so I am always left slightly confused at the beginning of an episode as to what is happening. (Which is why, coincidently, I started laughing during the Adult Swim promo when they talked about going online to catch the two minutes that you missed).

August 18 2008 at 7:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
maniac27

Actually the car try to kill brock before Rusty found Orb. I'm assuming that OSI wants to kill Brock because part of his mission was to keep anyone from digging in the Rose bushes.

August 19 2008 at 12:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
StillBash

Heh... you said cocktease *snicker*

Haven't seen the episode yet so thanks for the nice lead-in and for posting the review so early :-)

Oh and I think it's enough that Dr. Mrs. The Monarch is driving men mad with her secondary sexual characteristics ;-)

August 18 2008 at 2:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Zachary

Did they screw up? Dr. Mrs. The Monarch was driving the Monarchmobile, but we know from Hate Floats that she never drives men. That must not include the Monarch and the henchmen because I think she drove them in Tag Sale, You're It, also.

August 18 2008 at 1:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Annie W.

That quote is actually "I never drive mad", which is a much smarter decision than going through the trouble of avoiding ever driving men.

August 18 2008 at 1:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Monkeydog

"Because this logo doesn't appear till next week's episode. "

From the shirt club.

So Molotov is going to have a bigger role next episode?

It also appears, from pictures on JP's livejournal and how the story is moving...Doe and Cardholder should be in next week's episode.

I can't wait for the final episode...but then again, I don't want to wait for season 4.

August 18 2008 at 1:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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