The Venture Bros. – Season 1, Episode 10 – “Tag Sale – You’re It!” – Of Rivalries and Has-Beens

Tag Sale - You're it!

   “Tag Sale – You’re It!” is a chance to see more of our characters interact with one another as well as see the legacy Dr. Venture in a way has left behind as well as funny antics by both the Monarch and Dr. Orpheus.

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

  The episode involves Dr. Venture hosting a yard sale where all his old enemies and rivals come to buy his technology. Things soon unfold as the Monarch plots chaos to get into Dr. Venture’s lab.

The Pros: The Yard Sale – The Yard Sale is fantastic! Pete and Wizkid are looking to form an evil team. We meet Dr. Girlfriend’s old partner Phantom Limb, Baron Underbheit and Richard Impossible show up and quite a few others we have never met. They are all a lot of fun.

Dr. Orpheus – This guy spends the episode harassing super villains in order to a nemesis and rival. Sadly to no avail though, as none of them have a personal reason to hate him. Also, he’s Dr. Orpheus. Even when he’s a dick, he’s still the best person on Team Venture.

Monarch Henchmen – These two are funny. At one point one them buys a lightsaber and finds that Dr. Venture jipped him as when he attacks Brock it just goes through Brock and doesn’t hurt him. These two are great and I’m glad the show kept them around.

Dr. Girlfriend – In this we see how much Dr. Girlfriend cares for the Monarch as Phantom Limb from the Guild and offers to make her a member as she once held more power than she does now. I like how she stood her ground. We also see her soft side again when she feels bad for Dr. Venture and sees the echoes of the great man he once was.

the Monarch – The Monarch feels bad for Dr. Venture! We also see how good he is at causing chaos when he causes the fight that allows him to get into the Venture Compoud where it is very under-dramatic. He is disappointed in his arch-nemesis countless times and just feels bad for him, even as he affirms revenge once more at the end, showing just how deep his obession goes.

Okay: Team Venture – Team Venture is largely the ones spectating. We have Hank Venture start a business with Dean as one of his employees but it not go anywhere when brawling breaks out and Brock is just in charge of security and really doesn’t do anything noteworthy.

This was a great and fun episode. I like the sadness Dr. Girlfriend and the Monarch feel in Dr. Venture’s lab as they realize just how much of washed up has-been he’s become. This of course doesn’t stop Monarch with his obsession as he vows revenge as upstairs the boys watch him and Dr. Venture suggests calling the cops nonchalantly. It’s a great scene and was a big reason I like the episode so much.

Final Score: 9.3 / 10

The Venture Bros. – Season 1, Episode 9 – “Are You There God? It’s Me, Dean” – The Politics of Super Villainy

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     This is the episode where we see the rules that make up super villiany here in the Venture Bros. Universe. From the rules the Guild of Calamitous intent set down, to the politics within as who is put in the book and just how small the Monarch’s goals are in the whole scheme of things. This is an episode that is a lot of fun. The side story with Dean Venture is even great in its own way.

    “Are You There God? It’s Me, Dean” was written by Doc Hammer and directed by Jackson Publick.

    The story involves Team Venture’s capture by the Monarch where they about to be executed but are saved due to a technicality when Dean must be treated for Testicular Torsion so their deaths are put on hold until after the surgery can be done.

The Pros: The Guild of Calamitous Intent – The Guild passed a whole bunch of rules to combat and rivalries between different members and its fun seeing those rules play out between the Monarch and Dr. Venture.

Dr. Girlfriend – Dr. Girlfriend is clearly bored as she expected to be taken advantage of by Brock and is sad when he doesn’t.

Pete White and Master Billy Quizboy – These two save Dean’s life, and make a lot of jokes during the process. These two are great minor characters.

Brock – Brock takes out the Monarch’s lair and even embarrasses the Monarch as he points out that the Monarch can’t even succeed in revenge and shows just how incompetent his organization is as there isn’t time to just do revenge against Dr. Venture so a lot of the day everyone just sits around the base.

the Monarch – The Monarch spends a lot of this episode trying to corrupt Hank to no avail and later being embarrassed in front of Dr. Venture when it is revealed that Brock is single handily bringing down his fortress. One of the funniest moments is when Brock asks why he hasn’t thought bigger and done World Domination, which embarrasses the Monarch further.

Okay: The Venture Family – Whether it is Hank, Dean or Dr. Venture they are just kind of there. Getting more of Doctor Venture’s backstory as a member of the Guild of Calamitous Intent was cool but they mostly exist as a joke to show the Monarch is a joke and Dean’s condition being a joke.

  This was a good episode that had a lot of great things in it. I like Brock taking out the Monarch’s lair and the Monarch’s attempt to corrupt Hank as well as all the technicalities that make up the Guild of Calamitous Intent…but the episode could have been much more than it was. We still don’t really know how the Guild functions or the different villains relationship to it.

Final Score: 8.6 / 10

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

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     “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