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Venture Brothers Review: "Every Which Way But Zeus"

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One of our favorite aspects of The Venture Bros. is how the show is constantly blurring the lines between good and evil.  This week's episode, "Every Which Way But Zeus," was especially fun as we saw the two sides teaming up against an unknown force posing as Zeus.

Shore Leave and Henchman 21

The episode also explored the show's interesting take on the relationships between henchmen slash sidekicks ans their bosses, as the Zeus character only captured the underlings.  This was, of course, because Zeus was revealed to be an apparition and the real villain was Zero, the original henchmen #1, long thought dead.

It was just entertaining to see two of our favorite supporting characters, Henchman #21, sorry the new #1, and Shore Leave team up to take down the villain, while the supposed real heroes and villains were too busy arguing theoreticals during a secret underground meeting.

Maybe The Venture Bros. was just that much better than last week's, or maybe it was combined with the fact we just had to review two far inferior cartoons, Family Guy and The Simpsons last night, but this episode just felt perfect to us.  It had the humor, action, and ridiculous back references and continuity we crave each Sunday night at 11:30.

Plus there was something kind of touching about Rusty revealing his feelings for his supposed least favorite kid, Hank, and then watching him pour his soul out to Teddy Ruxpin.  Our favorite Venture Brothers quotes are after the jump.

Hunters Gathers: Her tits were like "coming home from school and finding out your old man ran over your cat" sad.
Brock Samson: Mournful tits. She has mournful tits. They're like two suicide notes stuffed into a glitter bra. | permalink
General Treister: All of you have been assigned nicknames, while I have not, because I am special! All of you are in peculiar underpants, while I am not, because I am special! | permalink
Dr. Venture: You can't collect scientists and not have a Rusty Venture on your mantel. | permalink
Hunters Gathers: Cavity search my ass. You know what I mean. | permalink

P.S. Did anyone else smile when they saw the hover tank return?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 (19 Votes)

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"it's getting too layered and nuanced for even dedicated fans to make sense of these story arcs." Oh, did you have a convention, then? Seems to me that most of us have no problem following things. Sorry the show's getting too smart for you.

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I disagree about the shark-jumping; the show's subtlety & dedication to its own continuity are a constant reward to the long-time viewer & only heighten the experience for me. I can count on one hand the number of VB episodes that have disappointed me, & this wasn't one of them. I appreciate that the creators don't talk down to their audience & trust them to keep up.

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This series looks like it's jumping the shark. Lots of old characters showing up in cameos, multiple plot lines that don't even relate to each other anymore. Sure it's got some hilarious dialog and pop culture refs, but it's getting too layered and nuanced for even dedicated fans to make sense of these story arcs.

Venture Brothers Season 4 Episode 11 Quotes

I fought an 8-year-old! And the only reason I won is because he fell on a spike!

Billy Quizboy

Billy the Quiz Boy, and whoever you are, must come with me!

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