The Venture Bros. – Season 1, Episode 6 – “Ghosts of the Sargasso” – Bowie References and Venture Pride

Ghosts of the Sargasso

     “The Ghosts of Sargasso” is an episode that could have been so much more. The best parts of it are the David Bowie song references at the beginning and everything involving the pirates. The ghost was a lot of missed potential, as was exploring the past Team Venture of old.

    The episode was directed Directed and written by Jackson Publick with Doc Hammer as co-writer of the episode.

    The story involves Dr. Venture’s quest for his father’s UFO that crashed in the Bermuda Triangle. Things soon go awry when the current Team Venture is captured by pirates and Dr. Venture awakens the ghost of Major Tom who had died at the bottom of the ocean.

The Pros: The Original Team Venture and Bowie – Dr. Venture’s father Jonas Venture Sr. is watching as Major Tom breaks into the atmosphere as Jeanie, Major Tom’s wife and Action Man watch. I want to see more of these guys. There use of David Bowie lyrics is brilliant.

The Pirates – The Pirates are Pirates who pretend to be a ghost ship and that’s how they rob other vessels in the Bermuda Triangle. The Captain is a lot of fun and they even manage to trick and capture Brock before he escapes and destroys their ship. The Pirates are humanized in a big way and the interactions they have with Dean are a lot of fun.

Dean – Dean is trained by Brock to take out the pirates helping lead to Brock saving himself. Dean is showing level of competency.

Brock – Brock is usually always the best part of the episode and he doesn’t fail here as he defeats a pirate with his but cheeks and single handily defeats nearly all the pirates and the ghost. He’s once again one of the best.

The Cons: The Ghost – Major Tom’s ghost is just wailing the entire time and at one point it looks like he’ll be better when Dr. Orpheus has him talk to his ex-wife until he sees that she is married to Action Man. Poor guy, but he just felt like a weak joke. I wanted to know more about the original Team.

This was another good but not great episode. I wanted to know more about the original Team Venture. I didn’t mention Dr. Venture either even though it was him looking for the craft that led to the episodes creation. He’s just kind of there and didn’t make too much of an impact on me.

Final Score: 8.2 / 10

The Venture Bros. – Season 1, Episode 5 – “Eeney, Meeney, Miney…Magic!” – The Messed up Mind of Dr. Venture

Eeney Meeney Miney ... Magic

     “Eeney, Meeney, Miney…Magic!” was an okay episode. Thus far it is the weakest as the tone and jokes don’t always work and some scenes are almost a little too awkward. But it is still enjoyable and worth checking out, it’s just not as great as past episodes.

  The episode was directed by Jackson Publick and written by Doc Hammer.

   The story involves the arrival of Dr. Orpheus and his daughter Triana who are renting a room from Dr. Venture. Things soon go out of control though when one of Dr. Venture’s devices lures Brock within forcing Dr. Orpheus and Dr. Venture to work together.

The Pros: Dr. Orpheus – The guy is hilarious and seems to be a mixture of Dr. Strange and old 50’s pulp comic book villains in how he’s over dramatic and a master of magic. He sees himself as the standard bearer against all evil (and is a little anti-tech.) but at the end of the day is a good guy, a much better man than Dr. Venture.

Brock – Brock gets trapped in the machine Dr. Venture built where his dreams are made a reality as we see him hook up with Molotov Cocktail and fight a whole bunch of villains and ninjas, at one point just saying that isn’t it enough already?

Hank and Dean Venture – These two help save Brock but find themselves trapped in the machine as well and it isn’t until Triana calls out that Hank’s love for lets the machine release them.

Dr. Venture – Uses an orphans heart to create a machine where people can live out their fantasies and his plan is to make a lot of money off it. He’s such a messed up character and it is amazing just how messed up he is.

Okay: Triana – She’s a punk rocker and that’s all we have so far. I can’t wait to see how she’s developed further as we need more character development for her.

The Cons: Tone – The episode starts out dark and foreboding as Dr. Orpheus destroys H.E.L.P.eR. but once you get to know him it clashes with the tone established at the beginning as he’s mostly just over dramatic.

This was a fun episode and is well worth checking out, even though it is merely good rather than great like the episodes prior. Dr. Orpheus is a great character and it is always good to get into Brock’s mind or see just how messed up Dr. Venture is as a person.

Final Score: 8 / 10