The Venture Bros. just blew themselves up. I'm not referring to Hank and Dean, actually, who used to have a nasty habit of dying horribly. I'm referring to the show itself, which returned with an hour-long special that not only brought years of storylines to an end, but set up a new status quo for the Venture universe.
I’ve started most of my recaps of this season of Venture Bros. despairing at how difficult it is to summarize each episode. Weirdly, the season 5 finale is actually super easy to recap, because it’s so low-key — especially compared to the rest of the season.
Holy shit. So that happened. And that, too. Tell you what: If you haven’t watched last night’s Venture Bros., and want to peruse this recap, or just look for the funny lines or something, don’t. Go watch the episode. I’m serious. Don’t screw this up.
See this picture? This is Hank, dressed as a supervillain, breaking into a bank in order to get thrown into an insane asylum for criminals. So you may not believe me when I say that Hank is, without any doubt, the most well-adjusted member of the Venture family at the moment.
Um, is there any point to trying to recap last night’s Venture Bros.? Are there really any words that convey the brilliant plotting, editing, and dialogue that allowed the impossibly intricate episode to jump from time to time, from scene to scene, and character to character with no warning, but stay perfectly clear…
Spanakopita! Doc Venture gets one of his few moments of pure, uncomplicated joy as he returns to the Greek island that kidnapped him as a child… at least until Augustus St. Cloud stops by to make everyone miserable in a delicious, savory pastry of a Venture Bros. episode.
I have decided that recapping The Venture Bros. is impossible. Well, for me, at least. Now I’m going to try to do it anyways.
The great thing about The Venture Bros. is that I can say “Venture Libre” was a pretty average episode, and yet it featured a monster revolutionary movement, Hank eating coffee beans until he turns into Batman, a jetpack attached to a giant crab, and Frankenstein Sarah Palin. I love you, The Venture Bros.
If you didn’t know that the season 4 finale of The Venture Bros. aired back in 2010, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it aired just last week, based on the season 5 premiere “What Color Is Your Cleansuit?” Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick haven’t missed a beat in these past three years, and The Venture Bros. is just…
Two years and one music video later, The Venture Bros. made their return to basic cable with "A Very Venture Halloween," a special the show's masterminds proclaimed would hearken back to the heartwarming Halloween specials of yesteryear. Was it a veritable It's The Great Mecha Shiva, Charlie Brown? Not exactly, but…
Last night's Venture Bros. special — From The Ladle To The Grave: The Story Of Shallow Gravy — was only ~11 minutes long, but that was the perfect amount of time for the episode's central gag to play out. Hank and Dermott have cobbled together a self-penned documentary for their band Shallow Gravy, whose…
Last night's Venture Bros. episode, "The Silent Partners," drove home that the show's title is increasingly becoming a misnomer. Who were the key players? Billy Quizboy, Brock, Monstroso, and the Pirate. Oh, and a robotic Hazzard boy. Good ol' RoboBo.
Sunday's Venture Bros., "Assisted Suicide," was a kaleidoscopic journey through the recesses of Rusty's mind. There was a creepy child harem master, encounters with Doc's ego and superego, and lusty game-changing moment with Dr. Girlfriend and Henchman 21.
Sunday's episode of Venture Bros., "Bright Lights, Dean City," followed Dean to NYC, where he interns at Impossible Industries. Unfortunately, Dr. Impossible has recently turned evil, so Dean must oversee supervillain try-outs. Get ready for Ladyhawke and Lyndon Bee Johnson!
Last night's Venture Bros., "Everybody Comes To Hank's," was a noir pastiche, complete with fedoras, molls, and Hank's self-appointed "Girl Friday," The Alchemist. We also learned dark secrets about Dermott's true parentage and, oh yeah, Hank becomes a man. Baaarf.
Last night's Venture Bros., "Every Which Way But Zeus," began with a Greek god kidnapping a bunch of B-list characters and ended with some poignant revelations about Hank's relationship with Doc. Also, Doc sexually propositions a Teddy Ruxpin. Yup.
Last night's Venture Bros. saw the show's heroes and villains go through life ch-ch-changes. Hank and Dean graduated from their learning pods, and Phantom Limb reached out (an invisible, metaphorical hand) to an antagonist viewers haven't seen in a spell.
The first episode of Season 4.5 of The Venture Bros., "The Diving Bell Vs. The Butter Glider," probed the dark secrets (literally) lodged inside Doc Venture. Also, the Monarch wants to diddle a mechanical butterfly. Damn we missed this show.
Last night's Venture Bros brought even more storytelling that's as dense with show mythology as it is with jokes, but the highlight may have been the return of David Bowie, ineptly trying to keep his criminal overlord identity secret.