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Venture Brothers 4.14: Assisted Suicide

Written by Zechs on Friday, October 29 2010 and posted in Reviews

Something plagues Doctor Venture inside his mind, and only Doctor Orpheus can fix it. BE PREPARED FELLOW OUTHOUSERS!! FOR WE ONLY HAVE BUT A FEW EPISODES LEFT BEFORE THIS SEASON IS OVER!!!

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*Sorry about the long delay, it's just been busy with all these cartoon reviews. I mean seriously this month is just awesome for animation.

Okay this episode came out of nowhere with the twists and turns. Just when you think this episode is going one way it goes another way. We know something is troubling Doctor Venture, yet it should be utterly predictable who is behind it, the Monarch, yet it still is hilariously shocking when it happens. Yet still, the twists and turns the episode has is just so damn classic of the show.
So yeah we get both an Orpheus and Doctor Venture spotlight with the episode. I think it was much deserved since Rusty hogged Dean's episode. Though besides that we also get the subplot with Henchmen 21 hitting it's apex in a surprisingly startling turn. I so won't spoil what happens but let the picture below speak for itself.
Yes it's exactly what it looks like.
As for Orpheus in Doctor Venture's mind. Well this is the second trip into Rusty's head (the first in season three when Killenger took a gander in it). Honestly, (the gruesome image of Pappa Venture's wang aside) that episode was a letdown for me, this one isn't. We get Rusty's mind pulled entirely open here all thanks to the efforts of the Monarch and Orpheus. I found it much more fascinating seeing everything bare of every dream, love (the harem bit was interesting given that one lacking oh and who wasn't hot for Lindsay Wagner?!), and ego/super-ego. It just totally fit with Rusty, even more so the super ego being locked away given how cowardly we know he truly is. Though given the end perhaps a turning point is a coming with him? NAH... or maybe there is.
Plus it was just added love and death taken in the form of Pete White and Billy Quizboy was hilarous. I mean seriously the added bonus of them taking the form these two was icing on the comedic cake. Sure them being normal is awesome, but two gods taking their forms are even more epic. I really hope we see these characters again somewhere down the line, cause damn did they make the episode for me.
Another amusing subplot of the episode was Brock and Sgt. Hatred bonding. It was great to see the pair just bond and yet know that deep down Brock still lords over the compound even if he's not the top enforcer anymore (loved the car moment. But what male doesn't have that sort of bond with their car? WHAT?!) Still, it was great seeing Hatred growing into his role and I have to confess this episode was a DAMN long time coming. I'm just glad it finally happened and finally Hatred is really starting to grow as a character instead of be one note which he was at the start of this season. Sure he's not Brock-like in his savage brutality, but the way he's becoming a father figure dealing with the Venture kids was nice and it made sense). Plus the payoff at the end was just so damn good.
This episode felt like a true game changer. A perfect feel that you know the season is coming to an end soon with everything being put together for what's appearing to be a truly epic finale (dare I say more so than Season 2's!?). I just wonder how truly changed this has made some characters (Rusty and 21) and I cannot wait to see where this goes from here.

5 out of 5

Review by: Zechs


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About the Author - Zechs

Zechs is the lord and master of The Toy Shed, Moment of the Week, and Durnkin Reveewz. He's also the official whuppin boy at the Outhouse. So he'll get stuck seeing stuff that no mere mortal should ever see. If there's any greater quality to Zechs, it's that he's an avid fan of comic book characters and would defend them to the bitter end against the companies that use them wrongly. He's also brutally honest. Zechs walks the lonely path in Chicagoland area.


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