Happy Wednesday BaddaBing BaddaBlog readers! This is Pop Culture Wednesday, the place where any and everything related to the world of media is examined with enthusiasm. Today’s subject is one of my favorite television shows of all time (and my absolute favorite on Adult Swim until the advent of Rick and Morty) The Venture Brothers. The sixth season ended earlier this week, which makes this the perfect time to review this gem of a show. Let’s do this!
While The Venture Bros. just wrapped up its sixth season, it has been on television for much longer than six years. The cartoon premiered in 2003 and, thirteen years later, a lot of fans went into this season concerned that they show may have lost its charm since it first captured our hearts; or since season five ended more than a year ago. We were not disappointed. Season six changed some of the most basic elements of The Venture Bros. while also intensifying some of the program’s best elements.
This season was far more concerned with chronology than any other. Events built, characters changed, and relationships were adjusted all throughout the season. Which is a really big shift for a show that was originally broadcast out of order by its network. This spanning narrative allowed for a much deeper connection with the main characters to be formed more so than any other season. I felt sincerely happy a lot of the characters who have otherwise had their lives riddled with failure. Dean is going to college, Hank has a girlfriend, Brock is exploring his masculinity and becoming a more fleshed out character, The Monarch has found something that he is good at, and Gary (Henchman 21) has found a friend to replace 24. I am overjoyed that these characters are growing and moving on with their lives.
The biggest criticism I can give this season is also the biggest compliment I can award it, I wish there was more of it. Season six had only eight episodes (and a special that wrapped up the previous season, but that really does not count) which left me with a longing for more Venture Bros. hi-jinks. While I loved the growth in some of the characters, I did notice that a lot of characters I enjoy, such as The Order of the Triad, Johnny Quest, and Dr. Henry Killenger, were absent this season. I love what we got this season, but I really do wish this season had an extra three or four episodes.
- The Blue Morpho was easily my favorite element of this season. I also love the fact that The Monarch is immensely better at being a sort-of-good vigilante than an actual super-villain.
- I wish the writers would just flat out say that Doc. Venture and The Monarch are brothers and Dr. Venture Sr. turned The Monarch’s dad into Vendata. I’m sick of getting cock teased for the past thirteen years.
- Expanding Gary’s backstory was amazing and I am so glad that they included it.
- My favorite moment with Dean this season was easily when Brock thought he was possessed.
- My favorite Hank moment was the entirety of his first date and the lengths he went to, so that his date would see him as what he thought was cool.
- The best fight this season was easily Think Tank vs Brock.
- Lastly, Red Death really is a treasure!