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The Morphic Trilogy reaches its stunning conclusion in a decades-spanning tale of friendship, betrayal, and mass murder that overwrites Venture history.


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  • All for Nothing
    • Jonas' grand plan to place his brain in Vendata's body is rendered moot when both he and Vendata are killed.
    • The entire Pyramid Wars was nothing more than a trick controlled by the Guild to make the OSI exterminate SPHINX. Brock is justifiably shocked when he finds out.
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  • The Bad Guy Wins: The Monarch not only gets away with pretending to be the Blue Morpho, but he actually takes credit for killing the real Blue Morpho.
  • Big Bad: Jonas certainly sets himself as one for the whole trilogy.
  • Call-Back
    • Back in Past Tense, Orpheus predicted the cause of Action Man's death would be a stroke. Guess what happens to him here. Here is a quote from Orpheus "Two years, 17 days, from a stroke". Despite the real-world flow of time, the world of the show could experience a different passage of time.
    • The shrink ray, used in many earlier episodes, is used again to help Old Team Venture escape the building.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Vendata from Bot Seeks Bot.
  • Continuity Nod
    • Hank brings up his old alter-ego, "Russian Guyovitch" from Showdown at Cremation Creek Pt II and "The Bat" from Venture Libre.
    • During Red Death's flashback, an advertisement for 24's blue stanza can be seen on the magazine the villain is reading.
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  • Cross-Referenced Titles: To Season One's Careers in Science where the Problem light first showed up.
  • Dying as Yourself: Vendata and Jonas.
  • Every One Has Standards: Old Team Venture is suitably uncomfortable with Jonas reviving the old Blue Morpho and turning him into a sentient robot.
  • Extremely Short Timespan: Not including flashbacks, the last three episodes have only covered one day through the night, with the stinger of this episode briefly showing the morning after.
  • Framing the Guilty Party: Zigzagged. Upon learning that Vendata (and by extension Venturion) and the Blue Morpho are one and the same person, and was likely responsible for the Movie Night Massacre on Gargantua-1 that led to the death of Jonas Venture Sr and set off the Pyramid Wars (thanks to the Sovereign impersonating their commander), Brock Samson (representing the OSI) and the Guild's Council of Thirteen agree to take dual custody of and disassemble Vendata and pin the death of Jonas Sr as well as the crimes of the current Blue Morpho (his son Malcom aka the Monarch) on him, in order for both the Guild to save face with their members and for OSI to avoid revealing that a costly war on a terrorist organisation was built on a lie.
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  • Go Out with a Smile: How Vendata dies. He sees his son for the first time in decades and smiles before he finally powers out.
  • Jerkass: The only reason why the Blue Morpho did Jonas' dirty work was because the latter kept blackmailing him with revealing their scandalous sex tape to the public.
  • Karmic Death: Jonas is killed by the man he callously turned into a robotic slave and tried to take his body—for the second time.
  • Kick the Dog: Red Death takes no small amount of pleasure in revealing to Brock Samson that SPHINX were framed for Jonas Venture Sr's death by the Sovereign, setting off the Pyramid Wars (which Brock was recruited by OSI to fight in) under false pretenses and destroying the Guild's only serious competition. Red Mantle gets in some gloating as well.
    Red Mantle: Oho, look at that. I have never actually seen a man realise his whole life has been a lie.
  • Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: It's heavily implied that Jonas Venture dealt with the Blue Morpho and his wife's problems conceiving a child by impregnating her himself. If this is true, that would make Rusty and The Monarch half-brothers.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: One of Red Death's associates in the 1980s was Mister Fahrenheit, the Supersonic Man, a Super Speedster who looks remarkably like Freddie Mercury. In fact, given all the other rock stars in the Guild, it would not be unreasonable to suggest that it actually is Freddie Mercury.
  • Not So Stoic: Kano speaks for the first time since ORB.
  • Pet the Dog: For all of Jonas' unspeakable acts throughout this episode, he does refer to Jonas Jr. as his "savior" when the latter uncovered him in the desert, whether he managed to realize he was his other son, or is if he was even aware that Rusty ate him in the womb, is still up in the air.
  • Sequel Episode: Of sorts to both Bot Seeks Bot and Careers in Science.
  • Shown Their Work: The building the Triad considers buying for their new headquarters is the very real First Warsaw Congregation synagogue on Rivington Street in the Lower East Side (complete with "Doctor Strange window").
  • The Reveal: So so many.
    • Jonas' death was the result of being a victim of the movie night massacre and Vendata was the one to cause the disaster. Maybe.
      • Also he's only a head because Kano, Colonel Gentleman, and the Action Man accidentally dropped his frozen corpse on the way to the P.R.O.B.L.E.M. device after tripping on Rusty's toy cowboy that had been stuck in the machine since the 1960s.
    • The Pyramid Wars? The Guild framed SPHINX for the Gargantua-1 Movie Night Massacre, kickstarting the war just so the OSI can get rid of their only competitor.
    • Gargantua-1's problem light is actually a P.R.O.B.L.E.M. (PROgressive Biological Life Extension Module) that Old Team Venture popped Jonas Sr.'s head into after the Movie Night Massacre, with the blinking being Jonas trying to get someone's attention using Morse code. Gargantua-1 falling from orbit was also Jonas Sr. fault after he screwed up trying to interface with the station's systems.
    • Vendata? He's actually the Monarch's dad and the original Blue Morpho.
  • Webcomic Time: Action Man finally has the stroke Dr. Orpheus warned him about back in "Past Tense". In show time, that means 2 years and 17 days have passed. "Past Tense" aired in 2004 - 14 years prior to this episode.
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