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