My sons and I had been planning The Venture Bros.+ marathon schedule, to be alternated between the 3 households, with me, them, and their SO’s, for a couple of weeks. As there are seven seasons, ranging in 8-16 episodes per season, it was going to take some time to work our way through it. Starting the first Friday of January, and every first Friday of the month until we were through them, we’d commit to 7 episodes each time. Working out the math, it would take us a year to get through all of them. Since a Season 8 has been approved, there might even be Season 8 available by next January.
Just as we sat down to start with S1E1, my cell phone rang. It was my mom, saying she needed me to come over right away and that it couldn’t wait. I asked her what was going on. She said she’d tell me when I got there. I told the kids go ahead and get started without me; that I’d be back a.s.a.p.
Driving across town from my older son’s house took a good half hour, as traffic on Friday nights in the city is heavy. I sped as quickly as I could without risking a collision. Finally jumping out and running to her door, mom let me in. She looked fine, nothing in her apartment looked amiss. I asked her what was going on. She said she couldn’t figure out why her television remote wouldn’t work and could I help her get it working. I was thinking she can be a royal pain in the neck at times and believes the world revolves around her. I tested out the remote and concluded it was the batteries. I jumped in the car and bought some at the nearby convenience store, returned, and soon the TV was cranking out its garbage again. She sat back in her easy chair, Haley, her sweet Shih Tzu in her lap, her fuzzy slippers on her feet and a big smile on her face. “Thanks Honey”, she said. Pain in the neck she is, it did make me happy to see her happy. I got back in the car and got to my son’s just in time to see the beginning of E7.
+Based loosely on the old Jonny Quest cartoons, it has, instead of Jonny, twin brothers, Hank and Dean Venture. Their dad, the scientist, is Dr. Thaddeus “Rusty” Venture. Instead of Race Bannon, there is Brock Samson.
One of the main villains is the (royal) Monarch, a man who dresses like a butterfly and has a seemingly endless supply of butterfly henchmen. His partner is Dr. Girlfriend, who looks like a gorgeous Jackie Kennedy – yes, Jackie was gorgeous; Dr. Girlfriend is more gorgeous – but she sounds like a Brooklyn arm breaker. Another villain is Baron Werner Ünterbheit, who looks and sounds like a maimed Arnold Schwarznegger. The last villain is Phantom Limb, an armless, legless buff guy in a purple PVC body suit.
The show is a lot hilarious and a little risque at times.