One of the most amazing things about Venture Bros. has been how awesome it's been, even when Hank and Dean are seemingly supporting characters on their own show. This is no exception, as Hank and Dean are nowhere to be found. Hell, even Dr. Venture's only seen in flashbacks and Brock's only seen for a brief moment.
This one's all about the Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend and how they came to be, as they're interrogated by the Guild of Calamitous Intent (led by "Sovereign" David Bowie, of course). If you're waiting to find out what Dr. Girlfriend said at the end of Season 2, well that answer isn't here just yet. But this one was still worth catching, especially for the Monarch's goons getting taken out by Dr. Girlfriend's numbers two and three.
If you haven't seen it yet, catch it ASAP. Especially for the hilarious (and shocking) post-credits ending.
I didn't really like it. Season 2 burned me out on Monarch/Dr. Girlfriend/Phantom Limb for good and all, and seeing an entire episode devoted to more of their beyond-tired hijinks was pretty much the last thing I wanted to see after the long break between seasons.
I realise I'm in the minority, and I don't begrudge anyone who likes Monarch-heavy comedy but could we change the damn record once in a while, please?
VB was great in the first season because it felt like there was more variety to the show than this. It never seems as funny or as exciting when it's so one-note like this.
Hopefully next week will be back on form.
-LS "ahhh...vague, mandatory knee-jerk cynicism. God Bless Internet Forums.."
Pretty entertaining episode. The guild talking about not being able to get the rights to the song was classic. The party had me rewinding it five or six times to check out all of the background chracters. I'd kill for an Alex Ross Venture Bros. painting...
Originally posted by It's FalseIf you're waiting to find out what Dr. Girlfriend said at the end of Season 2, well that answer isn't here just yet.
I think they may have dropped a hint to this. During the interrogation, Dr. Girlfriend (she's going to need a new name now, isn't she?) mentions that she convinced the Monarch to stop arching Dr. Venture at the request of the Guild, but last season she made it sound as if she personally wanted him to stop. I think the revelation may have to do with Dr. Girlfriend doing work for the Guild without the Monarch knowing, which would also tie in to what happened to him at his trial.
When I first saw this show, it didn't seem to do anything for me. The first two episodes were just 'OK'. I skipped the rest.
About a year or so ago, I caught the last episode of the first season and was really shocked. It was really good. That made me go and watch the rest of the first season and then the entire second season. I was dumb founded by how much detail they were putting into the characters back stories. (a quick aside... the begining of the second seasons first episode was fucking brilliant! Just gotta say Rozalla's EVERYBODY FREE was used PERFECTLY!) I was liking the bit players better then the main cast. The Monarch, His Henchmen, Dr. Girlfriend... I found these characters far more interesting then the Venture family.
I'd really love for them to give these characters thier own series. Let's see Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend take over the Guild or something.
Also, how the hell is the Cartoon Network getting away with having Monarch call everybody 'Dicks'? Dr. Venture is a dick, Phantom Limb is a dick... It's funny, but you just know some asshole from the PTC is gonna start complaining about it.
As a 'mark' for the Monarch and the bad guy characters, I loved this episode.
It's Adult Swim, not Cartoon Network! They also never show it before 10 PM, and if Adult Swim can get away with Assy McGee...
Venture Brothers picks up somewhere around the middle of season 1, maybe with the ghost pirate ship episode, and it just never looks back. There's just so much to like, the way they do pop culture references is nothing short of astounding. The writing is as clever and funny as Family Guy's is lazy and stale.
It's really turned into a great ensemble show, with Dr. Orpheus and his friends, the Monarch and his henchmen, among others. It's like how good the Simpsons could be if every episode didn't have to focus on the Simpsons themselves.
Originally posted by AlexIt's really turned into a great ensemble show, with Dr. Orpheus and his friends, the Monarch and his henchmen, among others. It's like how good the Simpsons could be if every episode didn't have to focus on the Simpsons themselves.
Reading this gave me the revelation: Next season's intro must have Dr. Byron Orpheus (and Al?) in the running mode. It would only be fitting!
"As you may have read in Robert Parker's Wine Newsletter, 'Donaghy Estates tastes like the urine of Satan, after a hefty portion of asparagus.'" Jack Donaghy, 30 Rock
I was afraid Billings would be written out, so thank God he is back on duty. I think we can all sleep a little easier knowing he's out there. I liked the episode, but found myself confused at times as to what was going on with the cartel.