In the first of a two-parter, Hank gets the spotlight and sets out to solve the greatest mystery in the show, who murdered Henchmen 24? Oh wait, no he's solving that other mystery Brock Samson the daddy of his best friend Dermott?
Credits & Solicit Info:
It's weird almost seeing all this foundation and character progression being laid down all throughout Season 4. Honestly, if anyone watches the first season can they see Hank, Dean, Henchmen 21, Brock and a ton of others in the same light? They've all really progressed as characters. Though he isn't sporting his mullet due Hank continues on his character progression with this episode which is a nice noir Chinatown homage going on (even the twist to the episode I believe has connections to that movie's star Jack Nicholson).
So anyway, Dr. Venture has laid down the hammer in trying to see that his two boys have a better future. Him and Dean go off to do there own thing (which will see in the next episode), and Hank well he attempts at doing numerous jobs. We see him open a store within the Venture compound which has it's own lawyer and detective agency. And here's where said plot kicks into overdrive. Dermott let's slip that Brock is his pop with Hank not believing it. We get our first look at Dermott's mom and from there the hunt is on with Hank and the Alchemist (due to boredom he decides to play sidekick to Hank for this adventure). The eventual answer will rock Hank's world.. literally.
I have to admit I'm a sucker for noirish detective homages with a strong love for Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), and those made for HBO movies that had Fred Ward and Dennis Hopper playing private dicks in literal mystical filled Hollywood. And the love for that genre is on full display here via Hank. We get about every cliché from it used to hilarious perfection. From the reason why the episode flips to color to black and white to Christopher McCulloch's as Hank dead on narration throughout the episode.
Even the Alchemist a character I really never had any care for gets a nice show with this episode again being the stooge to Hank given he's just freaking bored plus going on with his own small mystery to solve (did he sleep with Shoreleave?!). About the only negative would be the cheap way that they solved he case via mystical side (aka help from Dr. Orpheus and damnit I want follow up to Triana, *sniff * I miss her).
I mean I get why they went to that end since everything added up and still didn't make any sense. I guess I hoped for an end via SCIENCE, but given the actual truth to who was Dermott's father I guess that end would've been even more traumatic to Hank and the actual father.Heck I couldn't even find anything wrong with one of my usual complaints in Dermott, which was helped since even though the mystery revolves around him, he doesn't have much a part in this episode.
Still, the unpredictability of this episode just made me love it so. I never really saw the truth coming, nor did I expect the ending for Hank and the actual epilogue ending for the episode (picture above). What the hell does it mean? Will we find out the answer in the next part? Or will this picture be the harbinger for what is to come? Regardless, for anyone who is a fan of Hank this will probably be their favorite episode for the character. It sure was for me. About the only thing to make it an even more perfect Hank episode was an inclusion of Batman. Still, I can't really find anything bad to say about it other than some minor nitpicks of my own.
5 out of 5
Review by: Zechs