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Hercules Gives Four Stars To Sunday's New VENTURE BROS.!! The First Episode Since 2004!!

I am – Hercules!!

The Venture Bros. 2.1 FAQ

What’s it called?
“Powerless in the Face of Death”

Who’s responsible?
Teleplay is credited to series masterminds Eric “Doc” Hammer and Jackson Publick (a.k.a. “Tick” veteran Christopher McCulloch).

What does TV Guide say?
“Adult Swim’s fabulous Jonny Quest-on-roofies send-up opens its second season with Hank and Dean both presumed dead.”

What is TV Guide not telling us?
Hank and Dean really ARE dead!!!!

Is this a hoax, a dream or an imaginary story?
It is not!

Wait, wait, back up. I still have not purchased for $21.28 the fabulous "Venture Bros: The Complete First Season"! How did Hank and Dean die again?
While Dr. Venture was in the hospital having his deformed brother removed from his abdomen, Brock Samson left the boys in the care of necromancer neighbor Byron Orpheus, unaware that imprisoned archvillain The Monarch had just ordered Hank and Dean’s executions. The last time we saw the youngsters (at least if one excludes the 15-minute 2004 Christmas special), the Monarch’s henchmen 21 and 24 had just shot them off their hoverbikes, “Easy Rider”-style. Hank and Dean's mangled and metal-riddled flesh lay splattered all over the highway.

How – How can one have a show called “The Venture Bros.” without the Venture Bros.?
Ingeniously. There’s a new title sequence, and Hank and Dean are no longer the title characters.

Hank and Dean no longer the title characters?? What else is TV Guide not telling us?
We meet quite a few new characters, two of whom tie the Ventures even more tightly to the lore of “Jonny Quest.”

Which recurring characters return for the season premiere of this All-New Venture Bros.??
You name it. In the (perfectly inspired) teaser alone, we get appearances by Billy Quiz-Boy, Mr. White, Byron and Trianna Orpheus, Dr. Girlfriend, The Phantom Limb, The Monarch, Henchman 21 and Henchman 24 (both in and – for the first time – out of their uniforms).

What of Baron Uberbheit??
No, Uberbheit’s not around this week. Wait, is he even a recurring character?

Any new characters introduced this week likely to go on to recur?
The Monarch, we learn, is imprisoned with a sprawling rogue’s gallery of supervillains. They’re all swell.

Do Brock and Dr. Venture spend the episode grieving?
Actually, Dr. Morpheus, who understandably blames himself for the boys’ deaths, is hardest hit. Brock and Venture spend the bulk of the episode distracted by a grisly teleporter mishap.

How does it end, spoiler-boy?
“Thank God you guys are here. I thought the whole plan got … What?"

Herc’s rating for “The Venture Bros.” 2.1?

The Hercules T. Strong Rating System:
***** better than we deserve
**** better than most motion pictures
*** actually worth your valuable time
** as horrible as most stuff on TV
* makes you quietly pray for bulletins

10:30 p.m. Sunday. The Cartoon Network.

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  • June 25, 2006, 12:13 a.m. CST

    I need to catch up on my cartoons

    by VanLingoMungo

    I thought this was about a group of venture capitalist brothers from New York. I am so out of the loop.

  • June 25, 2006, 12:14 a.m. CST


    by JediShaft

  • June 25, 2006, 12:14 a.m. CST

    Damn it!

    by JediShaft

  • June 25, 2006, 12:15 a.m. CST


    by VanLingoMungo

    Not my best joke, but I had to swat away first-posters on the quick. Like that one.

  • June 25, 2006, 12:44 a.m. CST


    by ZombiKiller86

    Hank and Dean, dead? This can't be possible. I still say it's a ruse of some sort.

  • June 25, 2006, 12:54 a.m. CST

    by ReJeKt

    There was a pretty good hint about how this episode will turn out in "Are You There God? It's Me, Dean."

  • June 25, 2006, 1:37 a.m. CST


    by blacklodgebob

    Oh Hank and Dean died for sure. Dr. Orpheus shedding a tear over breakfast during the opening sequence really made me laugh for some reason. And is it too much for me to hope to actually get to see Crime-O-Dile sometime in a future ep?

  • June 25, 2006, 1:41 a.m. CST

    Bout time

    by Phategod1

    been waiting for this longer then chappelle season 3

  • June 25, 2006, 1:56 a.m. CST

    Uh, Hank and Dean are dead?

    by zikade zarathos

    That kinda sucks.

  • June 25, 2006, 2 a.m. CST

    Why the title is still correct....

    by Hairy Nutsack

    So before anyone asks this question AGAIN, it's pretty simple really. Doc Venture has a twin, albeit deformed, brother now. However, I do hope they regrow Hank and Dean, or however they were created, those boys were hilarious.

  • June 25, 2006, 4:49 a.m. CST

    Everybody Scream / It feels good!

    by keepcoolbutcare

    "You eviscerated and sodomized Vince Neal on national television." I'm not gay, but damn if King Gorilla ain't my type of simian. Thought the ep. was rather inconsistent, but when it soared, oh man.

  • June 25, 2006, 7:08 a.m. CST

    One of my favorite lines from the first season.....

    by simongarth2001

    "I am not going to flush the toilet!! Let them see the fury of the Monarch!!" I never gave this series much thought...then, my friend told me to get the first season and watch them all before passing judgment. Im just into the second disc, and I have laughed out loud on every episode. Thats rare for me. Now I'm hooked. Venture Bros., and Justice League season 2 are must buys right now, if you havent gotten them yet.

  • June 25, 2006, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Awesome show!

    by fiester

    Here's hoping we get a Hadji replacement for the late Hank and Dean. But my bet says Orpheus does some necromancing to bring back Hank and Dean in some new incarnation....

  • June 25, 2006, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Saw that 1st episode on "The Fix" friday night...

    by LoudmouthCracker

    I laughed harder at that episode than just about anything else I've ever seen on TV, with the possible exception of that numbnuts accidentally blowing himself up with the dynamite on "Lost." There's a montage about 2/3 of the way through the episode that literally had me wiping tears of laughter out of my eyes.

  • June 25, 2006, 1:09 p.m. CST

    good to have this show back

    by blackthought

  • June 25, 2006, 2:33 p.m. CST

    If you have to ask if

    by PervOmatic

    You obviously don't really watch the show or are just making a really lame joke. Which is it?

  • June 25, 2006, 3:05 p.m. CST

    I loved the Batman/umbrella death

    by textual

    Best part of the "many deaths" montage. Although, why are we having a talkback on the day of the repeat airing? Why not for the friday premieres?

  • June 25, 2006, 5:41 p.m. CST

    The Venture Bros...

    by Harysuxafat1

    is a great show. I'm just glad they finally got some new episodes out. Hopefully it won't be 2 years between seasons anymore.

  • June 25, 2006, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Why tonight?

    by Hercules

    Because I must have misheard the Cartoon Network publicist. I thought he said it returned Sunday. Ironically, I had this written Thursday night but waited until wht I thought was the day of the premiere to post it. I am stupid.

  • June 25, 2006, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Hey, stop that Herc

    by VanLingoMungo

    Being Herc means never having to say your sorry. Also, it means having a weird fascination with the WB.

  • June 25, 2006, 7:20 p.m. CST

    Can't wait to see it!

    by spikebad666

    Venture Bros. is the shit. Go Team Venture!

  • June 25, 2006, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Is Herc confused or was he being sarcastic?

    by First

    The BROADCAST premiere of The Venture Brothers season two is tonight on Adult Swim tv, but it premiered ONLINE on Adult Swim Fix last friday.

  • June 25, 2006, 8:40 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Herc wasn't wrong!

    by VanLingoMungo

    Suck on that...Someone!

  • June 25, 2006, 10:11 p.m. CST

    It's Amazing How Much Got Packed In There

    by Aquatarkusman

    I want that punch-drunk ex-middleweight champion to get his own spinoff show.

  • June 25, 2006, 11:04 p.m. CST

    Hit or miss

    by barryap

    The show works better when there's not really a coherent plotline. Now that all's back to normal we should be good.

  • June 26, 2006, 1:12 a.m. CST

    Loved it.

    by ZeroCorpse

    I'm gonna watch that episode again at 2:30 am, because it bowled my ass over. Rock on, Team Venture!

  • June 26, 2006, 1:57 a.m. CST

    Herc, I'm a fan, and a defender of your girlishness

    by VanLingoMungo

    But tonight had no Deadwood talkback, no 4400 talkback, and no Entourage talkback. I don't know if you were getting a Dirty Sanchez or Rusty Trombone or whatever, but you could have given a talkback or two. I mean, if I wanted to read about gay cartoons, I would hang with my 12 year old nephew. Poor form Herc, poor form.

  • June 26, 2006, 4:17 a.m. CST

    I knew the episode was gonna rock...

    by Sans Souci

    when I saw Dr. Venture and his companion in the "Hungry Like the Wolf" sequence. "Tarzipan" joins "companda" in the Venture Lexicon of Laughter. And all hail King Gorilla, my new favorite secondary character! There's a definite paucity of gay gorillas on TV, and K.G. fills the void quite nicely...even if he can't do so with the Monarch.

  • June 26, 2006, 7:39 a.m. CST

    These guys are crazy. I guess I missed the last show..

    by Russman

    cuz I don't remember the boys dying.

  • June 26, 2006, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Have Hank & Dean become the new Kenny?

    by SpyGuy

    Just kill 'em off and bring 'em back again, just like nothing happened. Loved the Monarch getting all pissed off at everyone bailing on his escape attempt and is it just me or is Doctor Orpheus a better parent to the boys than Dr. Venture? Of course, Helper is probably a better parent to the boys than Dr. Venture...

  • June 26, 2006, 8:16 a.m. CST

    The jet engine portion of the montage

    by Squashua

    was the greatest part ever.

  • June 26, 2006, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Good episode, but...

    by Wingnut1A

    I know theres a whole season coming, but I was disapointed in the lack of Molotov Cocktease in the episode. And the slightly softer feeling Brock. I mean not a single rage-fueled killing spree? C'mon!

  • June 26, 2006, 9:39 a.m. CST

    So Dean and Hank are back eh?

    by JKrow21

    I hope so, I wasn't really liking the rest of the show without them - except all the Monarch/Prison scenes. That was some funny ass shit.

  • June 26, 2006, 9:49 a.m. CST

    What happend to Noodle Soup?

    by Billyeveryteen

    The animation felt a bit.. off. Still hilarious tho'.

  • June 26, 2006, 10:24 a.m. CST

    by Archduke_Chocula

    Rockin' season premiere, shame I don't have Cartoon Network to actually watch these.

  • June 26, 2006, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Glad to have them back

    by SID 8.0

    Didn't realize how much I missed the Monarch until I saw him planning his escape. "And don't come back here saying it's a gorilla suit." Fooking hilarious man. The fake wings he made too. Plus seeing all of the ways the boys have died over the years was great. Doc and Brock talking about when they tried out mustaches for awhile. Man am I glad it's back.

  • June 26, 2006, 12:06 p.m. CST


    by Hairy Nutsack

    Let me get this straight, you hang out with your 12 year old nephew and read about gay cartoons?

  • June 26, 2006, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Brock will definately go on a killing rampage

    by white owl

    This is only the first episode. This is setting everything up. Brock's gonna kick unholy ass this season and we all know it. Besides I was hoping Hank and Trianna would get more time to become closer. Because that would be the greatest wedding reception ever.

  • June 26, 2006, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Funny you should say that SpyGuy

    by Heisenberg85

    In an interview with the creator of the show that was on suicide girls (I found the link from a previous VB TB), he said that the original concept for the show would have the boys killed every episode. This was in the mid-nineties, so once South Park did the Kenny thing the idea was scrapped.

  • June 26, 2006, 12:57 p.m. CST

    I thought if felt a bit out of step, but I liked it

    by Hervoyel

    Going from season ones finale to the first episode of season two was kind of odd. The animation seemed off (as another poster mentioned) and for some of the characters the voices were wrong. In fact I thought the audio was funky through the entire episode. I also thought it didn't seem to flow like the episodes in the first season. They had a lot going on in this one and it made it seem kind of crowded and rushed. That's what I'm thinking the problem was because when it hit it was perfect.

  • June 26, 2006, 4:14 p.m. CST

    by IronSpyder

    In case you missed it this past weekend, looks like the whole ep is out on Adult Swim Fix for the moment. No CN Channel required. Enjoy.

  • June 26, 2006, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Dr. Morpheus?!!?

    by PushTheButton

    d'oh. Still, very good episode. Doc's desire to run away from his problems made little sense, looking back; and Jonas sure turned into an alright optimistic dude since the last time we saw him, but other than that, good stuff. Can't wait to see more of The Monarch.

  • June 26, 2006, 6 p.m. CST

    "I reanimated Ronald Reagan several times until..

    by beamish13

    the check bounced". Classic line

  • June 26, 2006, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Hey Nutsack

    by VanLingoMungo

    I said IF I WANTED TO. Learn to read, jackass.

  • June 26, 2006, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Rusty's running

    by Heisenberg85

    Yea, Rusty's behavior in the beginning is a bit confusing giving the replacibility of the boys. My guess would be either that maybe it takes a while for the clones to regrow, so the transition period is hard on him. Or maybe he was just using it as an excuse to run away and hide from his shitty life. Juniors behavior is much less inconsistant, since from the time that Rusty forgave him he was only onscreen for another few minutes; his character was barely established.

  • June 26, 2006, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Hey VanLingo.....

    by Hairy Nutsack

    So then you're saying you want to hang out with your 12 year old nephew and read about gay cartoons? Seriously, what exactly is "gay" about Venture Bros. other than a few gay jokes now and then? If you can't see the humor in a sentient, gay gorilla then you are pretty humorless.

  • June 26, 2006, 7:55 p.m. CST

    Hey Nutsack

    by VanLingoMungo

    Man, you really can't be this dumb. IF I WANTED TO. IF. IF. IF. What don't you understand? I didn't say shit to you. You attacked me. Then I asked you to learn how to read. And now I'm done. Quit picking fights on internet threads. You look like an ass.

  • June 26, 2006, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Maybe Rusty quit the pills....

    by PushTheButton

    and was looking for other ways to forget his troubles. Or maybe he was just running from Dr. Orpheus' never ending sobbing, haha.

  • June 26, 2006, 9:16 p.m. CST

    VanLingoMungo said to someone, "You look like an ass."

    by reinhold

    Hmm... VanLingoMungo, you've posted SEVEN times on an Internet msg. board for a cartoon that you think is for gay 12-year-olds. I'd say it's YOU who looks like an ignorant ass... with too much time on his hands. *********** Anyway, I liked the premiere, but I was a little underwhelmed. Good to have them back, though!

  • June 27, 2006, 2:18 a.m. CST

    Hey Mungo.....

    by Hairy Nutsack

    No I really am this dumb, I don't understand, please explain it to me again. Why is it more fun to read about gay cartoons with your 12 year old nephew instead of watching a non-gay show like the Venture Bros.? I'm not picking fights, I'm just really curious about your relationship with your nephew. Does your sibling know you're corrupting their son with your gay cartoon literature? Say, where exactly do you buy gay cartoon literature anyway?

  • June 27, 2006, 2:14 p.m. CST

    I've watched this ep probably 7 times now...

    by colematthews

    and that opening montage never gets less brilliant!! The emotions displayed, and my (surprising) responses to those emotions (Dr. O crying gets me, I don't know why) almost makes me wish the brothers were really gone, so I didn't feel like a douche for being kinda sad for a second. Also? The Monarch looking pensively at the sky from behind bars, then EATING the butterfly that lands on him, says everything about the Monarch that needs to be said. He may be a pathetic wannabe-supervillain, but he's a romantic at heart. One more thing? The Monarch's reading of the line "They don't have TINY MEN in their employ!" F-ing cracks me up!! Love this show.

  • June 27, 2006, 7:04 p.m. CST

    He shot me with a little man.

    by Napoleon Park

    Actually this episode did seem a lot gayer than most of them. NTTAWWT. Also, the best thing ever shown on television. But I exaggerate for hyperbolic effect. So the Hankendean we knew were #14 - and I counted and they actually did show us how all 13 previous sets died. Running With Scissors! I wonder exactly how being converted into static in a tragic TV repair accident counts as a super-power, but then the guy did wind up in prison. "Do you even have blood?" *** i would have liked to have seen this go up earlier. I was so bugged that there was no Ventures talk-back on Friday after I watched it twice on lone that I didn't come back here until late Tuesday. - Oh, for that gay guy who's showing his nephew porn, here's a clip you might enjoy: