- Network: Cartoon Network
- Series Premiere Date: Feb 16, 2003
Oct 6, 2018Seven seasons going in and the Venture Bros. is still surprisingly going strong. The Ventures' move to New York last season still seems to beSeven seasons going in and the Venture Bros. is still surprisingly going strong. The Ventures' move to New York last season still seems to be paying off as the show runners still seem invigorated as they continue to play with their new ideas.
It opens up with a fantastically ambitious three-parter that satisfyingly wraps up the plot threads from last season. Then it goes onto new entertaining stuff and ends on a more subdued but emotionally satisfying finale.
There is a lot more emphasis on the villain organization The Guild of Calamitous Intent, as Dr. Mrs. the Monarch helps the Council runs things while the Monarch and his right-hand man 21 try to rise up the ranks, so the Monarch can resume arching Dr. Venture, by taking any assignment they can. Although the Guild has been around since the beginning, there turns out be a surprising amount of material to be mined here. We get to see a lot more of funny Johnny Quest's Dr. Zin parody Dr. Z and last season's breakout character the Red Death, equally cool, charming, and completely threatening and voiced to perfection by Clancy Brown. Monarch and 21 always work great together, but their chemistry goes up a notch here. Seeing them react together to various weird situations that were not of their own creation for once is particularly fun.
Now fans of the Ventures themselves may be disappointed that they're not so much the focus here. Yes they have plot lines each episode, but they mostly don't shine as much. Still, I was so pleased with the material in general that I didn't care.
The show remains as funny as ever, but there are some solid human beats. The show sets itself apart from other animated shows by having the characters progress and you get to see some characters experience important revelations.
Ultimately, if you like the Venture Bros. in general then this won't disappoint.… Full Review »