This really wasn't the direction I was expecting the show to take. Then again it's not like I really expected them to kill off Rusty like that but I thought he would of been more severely injured or out of commission for a lot longer (maybe even to the next season) and we wouldn't really be getting a repeat of The Monarch failing to torture Venture. I guess that is sort of a running gag in their relationship that even when he has Venture he never gets to keep him or even if he can really mess with him he just doesn't feel up to it and thus just leaves or lets him go away. I guess the spin was here that either the Monarch is really bad at these tortures or Doc is just so used to this sort of thing he isn't phased by it which at least led to some good gags ("why did you blindfold him when I'm this get up?", the bell torture not working and still trying to save face with Mrs. The Monarch by claiming he broke Venture's spirit and being psyched about that) Still not nearly as interesting as I thought they were going to go with this, though at least the other plots were better. I liked Hank and the Action Man getting along and Hank actually helping the guy get his new girlfriend (feels kind of weak though they wrote off both Mrs Action Man and Dr. Entmann. Eh, maybe Stephen DeStefano didn't want to voice him anymore but felt like they could of done more with his character especially since we're getting an Ant Man movie but eh guess he wasn't terribly essential) who turns out to be Billy Quizboy's mother and the ending with Billy failing to tell his mom that Pete wasn't gay was good. And I also enjoyed seeing Dean spending time with Colonel Gentleman and getting him to open up on how he should of moved away from this country and not married a man 3 times younger then him (BTW "Yes sir I promise I won't be involved with someone whose six years old" is one of the show's best lines now actually) ages actually. Actually makes sense with even what limited screentime we've gotten of him that Colonel Gentleman's been in a troubled relationship and considering he went through a near death experience it'd make sense he'd want to do something else with his life. Oddly enough though I think I liked the Hatred/21 plot best. I do feel sort of sad that after all the development and progression we've gotten with Gary (BTW only now the Monarch realizing what 21's name is makes for another great gag) that he's gone back to being a henchmen with the Monarch but... really the show has shown he doesn't really have anywhere else to go and really living in the Venture's compound isn't exactly that good a fit for him. Still I liked how the two were able to get along with Hatred pointing out where his loyalities lies and actually growing to like 21 until he thought he was betrayed and then wrecking the cocoon, and 21 finally pointing out that the Moppets killed 24 and getting the other henchmen to turn on them. Is this the end of Tim Tom and Kevin? .... I don't know but it'd be a fitting end for them at least but hey hard to tell when this series actually kills someone off or even if that death will stay a death. Still not one of the best of the season as there were some slow or not too funny moments though the ending with Hank realizing he's a clone and not caring and Dean getting out of his funk (well I don't know if this will get him out as seems like every other episode something does and he's still out of it this season) raises it up a few bars. Does make me really hope that season 5.2 or 6 or whatever the next run is really isn't like a year and a half away as just felt like we were getting some new venture the other day and that there's so many more stories to tell.
Instead of just using this new signature to celebrate a thousand more post, let me list of all the great things you can expect of me on this board for 2012:
...... The same talkbacks you saw me do last year but with new episodes.
.... What are you doing still reading this? Move to the next post already! .