The Venture Bros. – Season 1, Episode 3 – “Home Insecurity” – A Meeting of Villains and a Story of Goons

The Venture Bros S 1 E 3 Home Insecurity

   “Home Insecurity” is one of the best episodes of “The Venture Bros.” I have watched thus far. H.E.L.P. eR. gets humanized, the goons of both the Monarch and Underbheit get character development and Brock has a great side story.

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

    The story involves Brock going on his annual hunting trip in the wilderness as the Monarch and Baron Underbheit’s assassination plots against Dr. Venture occur as they cross hairs and decide to meet up to resolve this conflict of interest in who gets the kill while the brothers find themselves trapped in the Venture Compound.

The Pros: H.E.L.P. eR – The robot who always helps around gets humanized this episode as he seeks the specs for G.U.A.R.D.O. and believes he is being replaced. It isn’t until Dr. Venture has a heart moment that he comes to save the day as we see how much everyone appreciates him.

The Brock Samson Quest – Brock’s quest is a lot of fun as he goes into the wilderness and runs into Sasquatch and Sasquatch’s bionic husband who used to be a soldier who served with Brock. Brock’s mission is to help them escape and he does so by shaving Sasquatch and making them look like wounded vets. It’s a fun B Plot and shows Brock’s good side.

the Monarch and Underbheit’s Goons – There is a standoff between goons at the Venture Compound as each is as strong as the other. While they wait for their bosses to make a decision they become friend as we learn Underbheit forces children into his army and kills them at 38 while the Monarch takes ex-druggies and turns them into soldiers, though also kidnaps. Sadly G.U.A.R.D.O. is unleashed at the end leading to all the goons being slaughtered. R.I.P.

Baron Underbheit – Is a very loud villain who kills 2 of his minions at the beginning and tries to kill the Monarch when they meet. He has a lot of respect for Monarch though as he sees the Monarch’s issue is more personal showing that even though he is a mad psychopath, he has honor in their somewhere. His flamboyance makes him a lot of fun too as he looks like Darth Malek.

the Monarch – The Monarch is the main guy in this as we see how obsessed he is with Dr. Venture, from a 37 point powerpoint of how he’s been planning to take Dr. Venture down and even how dismissive he’s become of Dr. Girlfriend who clearly is running most of the operation while Monarch’s inheritance keeps it all afloat.

Dr. Venture – Venture shows himself to have goodness in him as he reaches out to H.E.L.P.eR. This was a rare moment of goodness for the character and showed that he is capable of more than just caring for himself and can feel gratitude.

   This was a perfect episode as every character got at least some development and not only are the villains humanized but so are their minions…just like H.E.L.P. eR. is given a chance to be a hero. There is also tragedy too as the goons are shown to be just cogs in a machine and pretty great guys who never got the chance to know as their leaders only saw them as tools of revenge.

Final Score: 10 / 10

The Venture Bros. – Season 1, Episode 2 – “Careers in Science” – Doctor Venture’s Daddy Issues

The Venture Bros Episode 2

    “Careers in Science” gives us Dr. Ventures backstory and his main motivation, which is largely based around his father issues as his father is larger than life and used him largely as a tool as seems the case. This episode was a lot of fun and had some great jokes, keeping up the quality I’ve come to expect.

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

    The story involves Dr. Venture and his team being called to Gargantua 1 to fix it his father was the one who built the Space Station which is now one of the Wonders of the World.

The Pros: Gargantua 1 – This space station truly is a marvel and is fun to see the boys and the others explore. The location is part of what makes the episode.

Docking – Brock Samson uses all the sexual innuendo of docking the ship to do phone sex with Anna Baldavitch. The writers change the music and give the whole thing a red glow too so it’s a complete illusion to sex. It’s hilarious.

Hank and Dean – These two have a small part in this and work mostly as innocents misunderstanding everything as they spend a lot of the episode fighting and mistaking characters for dead and thinking the station has a ghost. At one point they watch Anna and Brock have sex and think they are fighting. They work well for comedy.

Dr. Venture – Dr. Venture is dealing with his daddy issues in this, though he doesn’t realize that he is the one causing most of the problems that need to be solved…as the station was having issues from a toy he left as a child that was stuck in the wires…and later his pee filled space suit sets up the ship for destruction.

Brock Samson – Brock hooks up with Anna and beats up Bud when Bud touches his shoulder. His priorities are hilarious as he seems to live simply for fighting and sex.

Okay: Anna Baldavitch and Bud Manstrong – Bud is the person who is overly formal and obsessive where Anna is the reverse. They didn’t feel fully fleshed out is the thing and seemed to mostly exist as jokes.

This was a great episode, though could have been better if Bud and Anna had been fleshed out as characters more rather than being simply the but of jokes. This episode was still a lot of fun and is another great and favorite episode of television. I’m coming to expect high quality from this show.

Final Score: 9 / 10

The Venture Bros. – Season 1, Episode 1 – “Dia De Los Dangerous” – You Don’t Mess With Brock and the Humanity of the Monarch

The Venture Bros Episode 1 Dia De Los Dangerous

   The Monarch and Brock Samson are probably my two favorite characters on the show at this point. Both of them are so true in what they are and manage to be sympathetic even though they are completely nuts. This episode exists to flesh out the Monarch’s backstory and show us just how selfish Dr. Venture is.

    “Dia De Los Dangerous” was directed and written by Jackson Publick.

     The story involves the Ventures and Samson traveling to Mexico so that Dr. Venture can be a guest lecturer at a Community College. Things soon go awry when the boys get seperated from the group and Dr. Venture’s Kidneys are taken.

The Pros: H. E. L. P. eR. – This is a pretty weak robot that speaks incomprehensible but is easily the heart of the team as it is kind in a way that the Venture Brothers clearly are not. In this the brothers treat him to an upgrade and he is there for Dr. Venture after his kidney’s are stolen. The robot has a great design as well.

Dr. Girlfriend – Dr. Girlfriend has the voice of a deep voiced man and is the Monarch’s love interest. She is awesome as we see her counsel and be there for the Monarch and help him through his parental abandonment issues.

Dr. Venture – Dr. Venture is a selfish git who only cares about his kids in how he can use them to further his own ends. We get a glimpse of why in the next episode as he is a reflection of how he perceived his father to a degree. There is nothing redeemable about him in this episode though.

Dean and Hank Venture – These two update H. E. L. P. eR. and end up getting knocked out and their stuff stolen and later kidnapped by the Monarch. They hold their own though though they are not good at reading situations due to them needing rescue multiple times through the episode. They have a funny moment too where they end up with a prostitute but run away in fear after she touches their dicks…as they were oblivious to what she actually does.

the Monarch – the Monarch didn’t care about his biological parents dying in a plane crash we learn…he felt greater loss at the Monarch butterlfys who raised him leaving (which he later learned was them migrating to Mexico, and from Dr. Girlfriend dying as the that is the life-cycle of a butterfly), and from all this all he wants is to be a good father as he never had one.

Brock Samson – Brock goes on a rampage in this as Monarch minions knock him out with their car and later slaughters the Monarch Minions in Mexico with his car in revenge. Seriously, this guy is an insane character and is great because of it. Brock has no line.

The Cons: Mexico – So much more could have been done here, the location only exists to be somewhere new and some “Day of the Dead” jokes so the episode could have happened anywhere at the end of the day. The story is still great for the character bits but could have been more.

This is an episode I’d recommend and is a must see if only for Brock’s rampage and the Monarch’s backstory. The episode is also a lot of fun and made me solidly invested in this show after watching the pilot.

Final Score: 9.3 / 10

The Venture Bros. Pilot – “The Secret of Turtle Bay” – Satirizing Super Heroes and Celebrating Their Charm

The Terrible Secret of Turtle Bay The Venture Brothers

     “The Venture Bros.” are a lot of fun and a brilliant satire and celebration of superheroes, pulp action novels, the Hardy Boys and countless other things. I haven’t had this much fund in a show like this since “Archer” and “Rick and Morty.” There are a lot of things going for this show and though this episode isn’t a favorite, I’ll cover what I think worked and hope gets explored down the line.

    “The Secret of Turtle Bay” was the pilot of the series and was directed and written by Jackson Publick.

    The story involves Doctor Venture trying to get to the United Nations conference to present his new machine while the Monarch seeks to stop him on his quest as elsewhere others plot.

The Pros: Hank and Dean Venture – These two are the Hardy Boys of the series except they aren’t very bright at all, are overly optimistic and sheltered but somehow manage to get out of even the worst situations (thanks oftentimes to their protector Brock). I’m really curious to see how the harsh world is going to change them.

Dr. Venture – Dr. Venture is an oblivious mad scientist who is all about making money…though what is keeping him from doing so is himself as he brings a weapon to a peace conference and is not aware of much at all except himself.

the Monarch – the Monarch is hilarious and like Dr. Venture has a one track mind, though where Venture’s is to money…the Monarch just wants revenge against Dr. Venture and to be the best super villain in the process. His look is hilarious too as all his troops and himself are dressed like Monarch Butterflies which he has set up to be the most dangerous of creatures in his mind. He’s over the top and really works.

Brock Samson – Patrick Warburton plays some of the best characters…and Brock has to be one of my favorites he’s done. Brock is the protector of the Ventures and is on the edge, always about to snap. He kills and thinks nothing of it and is former military. In the end he sleeps with the prostitute the boys ran away from and brings his knife into the U.N. because the police where to afraid to challenge him. Can’t wait to see what they do with this character.

The Comedy – From the boys innocence when they accidnetly go to a prostitute, Dr. Venture bringing a weapon to a peaceful tech. conference at the U.N. and anything with the Monarch and Brock are really what make this show work. The characters create the comedy simply by being themselves.

The Cons: Senzuri – Is a diplomat who it looks like is going to steal the Oo-Ray but in the end just wants to get off to it. The joke was kind of funny but they could have done a lot more with the character. He felt like a throwaway character and not completely thought out.

    This is a series I’d highly recommend and I’m grateful that my friend recommended it to me. The characters are strong as is the comedy and there is so much potential in this pilot to take the characters in interesting directions and explore this unique world that celebrates and satirizes so many things.

Final Score: 9 / 10