Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Venture Brothers 4.05 - The Revenge Society

I had to clean brain matter off the blinds behind my couch Monday evening, because my mind was officially blown. 'The Revenge Society' gives us our best insights yet into the Guild of Calamitous Intent since 3.11 - "ORB". As a matter of fact, this episode directly sequelizes :
  • 2.12-2.13 - Showdown at Cremation Creek
  • 3.01 - Shadowman 9 : In the Cradle of Destiny
  • 3.03 - The Invisible Hand of Fate
  • 3.11 - ORB
Fun bits :

We see the faces of two members of the Council of Thirteen - Councilman 3 "Red Mantle", and Councilman 8 "Dragoon". Phantom Limb returns. We learn the original purpose of the Guild of Calamitous Intent. We learn who is considered to be the rightful heir to the title of Sovereign. We learn the (well, one) secret of ORB. The peculiar genesis of the Guild's association with musicians is revealed. Most entertainingly, we get thirty additional seconds of the flashback featured in episode 3.11.

I didn't pick up on it when I watched the episode, but Wikipedia confirms - Councilman 3 and 8 are supposed to be Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper, respectively.

Things I liked, especially :
  • Rusty gives Dean an effective motivational speech.
  • Lloyd Venture's little secret.
  • The other members of the Revenge Society.
  • David Bowie screws with Dr. Venture's head.
  • Fantomas's musical inclinations.
  • Phantom Limb's new look.
Three more episodes until the mid-season break.

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