Reviews: The Venture Brothers

One of [Adult Swims] finest animated shows.

I have recently sat down and watched Seasons 1 - 6 of 'The Venture Brothers' having only heard about it from browsing forums and TV Tropes itself. Having now watched all of it (excluding Holiday specials), I think the best word to describe how I felt after watching it is 'satisfied'.

Each episode kept me engaged till the end, making me want more from the characters they introduced; plot lines and subtle foreshadowing kept me saying 'just one more episode' and then finishing the whole of a season in one night. Never did a episode feel like filler, each episode had a clever premise, For a show with six seasons I assumed from the start that it would have some flops but to my surprise, the writing was consistent and fantastic, leading to the characters to feel fleshed out as they developed through out the series.

On the topic of writing, the humor and dialog is amazing, I'd call it some of the best humor this side of Rick and Morty and Futurama. While it may date it self with references to things of the time of writing, it still has a very timeless feel to it thanks to its theme.

The soundtrack by J.G. Thirlwell is worth a mention. Alot of people comment on it sounding like Valve's 'Team Fortress 2's soundtrack' which in my opinion is a complement. The soundtrack fits the situation for what the characters get themselves into and is worth a purchase in my opinion, It goes from smooth jazz pieces to energetic bloodlusting manic tracks.

I cant honestly think of anything negative to say about the series as a whole, As a whole season 5 in comparison to the rest does feel like a step down from the previous seasons, but even now, that is the only thing I can harp on about.

Compared to the rest of the adult oriented animation on air at the moment, I feel that Venture Brothers is among some of the best out there. A great sync of Story and Humor with a colourful cast of characters. I cant recommend it enough.

The best written show (animated or otherwise) on TV

Unwilling to take the easy road as a mere shallow parody of Jonny Quest, Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer have instead shaped the complex Venture universe into the best show on television. The Venture Bros operates on the concept of a mix-and-match world of differing fictional universes and genres. In this universe the real world interacts bizarrely with the fantastic, creating what can only be described as a surreal reality. Here we find real characters behind the grotesque masks of Super-heroism and villainy. They didn't choose this world, it chose them. And in their incompetence and failure hilarity ensues.

Failure is the stated theme of the show, Doctor Venture is a mediocre scientist, The Monarch is an ineffectual costumed menace, even Brock, the show's most formidable character, is trapped in a job he's vastly overqualified for. The complex characterization that emerges from the early episodes blossoms into a world of mundane personal problems dressed up in the guise of fantastic adventure. Add onto this Jackson and Doc's esoteric pop-culture references and faux-retro set design and you have a show both funny and beautiful.

And to discuss the characters is even greater. Brock is an inspired creation, the most macho, murderous man on the planet. And a devoted Zeppelin fan. Doc Venture is an effective opposite of Brock, short, weak, and oozing with a creepy sexuality. The titular Venture Bros present a view of isolated adolescence, somehow becoming more awkward than you could ever have imagined being. Doctor Orpheus is just one of many Captain Ersatz characters (in this case Dr. Strange) in the pan-fictional Venture universe, not to mention one of the funniest. And, of course, #21 and #24 are the funniest duo in the history of anything.

What The Venture Bros. presents is a funny, well written, pseudo-realistic, identifiable Television Program. The best on Adult Swim. The best on late night. The best on cable. The best on television.