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Venture Brothers 4.04: Return to Malice

A Henchman 21 Spotlight. About damn time!! Now if only Publick and Hammer can do an episode entirely about David Bowie.

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Wow, it feels just like yesterday I would recall how badly Henchman 21 was just a grunt of the Monarch's where I wondered how the heck this dude survived numerous encounters with the god of death that was Brock Sampson. That it was only a matter of time before death came to him. Well it never did and slowly but surely he wormed his way into our nerdish hearts. For me it was when I found out in Season 2 that 21 owned a Magneto helmet. I'm sure for others it was the yard sale episode where he tried attacking Brock with a lightsaber. Well this episode come's along just to show how much the Monarch's #21 of Lackeys became so darn mature ever since well a certain climatic event of Season 3.


So here we have it. How 21 became from normal minion to well as someone from the Outhouse forums had said, "Wolverine!" and also how he's dealing with the whole death of his best friend. Like any being he's now out for revenge against those who murdered his friend. The first people on his list of suspects? The Venture Brothers (though I cannot wait to see him attempt his #2 suspect) of course who're plucked from the Venture Compound and subjected to Chinese Water Torture. Though 24 this is not, so anyone who knows this show can expect something else to result from this.


malice2.jpgFor such a simple episode summary, as always with Publick and Hammer there's so much more to this episode. That reason alone is why I enjoyed the hell out of this episode. After the road bump the previous episode was, once more things are back on pace. Figures it takes the bad guys to bring things back to that sparkling level of awesome.

Though really instead of the Monarch (who does have three really great scenes in this and more on one of them later), again 21 is who naturally brings the A game to this episode. His scenes on how he kidnaps Hank and Dean to the conversations he has with them and the Monarch. It is the later of which, just well show's how stellar the writing truly is. Again the talk the two shares is quite touching and something you just never see anywhere else but this show. It's moments such as these that make me love this show.


Again this episode would never have happened if Brock were here. However, unlike say
the previous episodes Sgt. Hatred for me didn't annoy me to no end. What he did was show just how unfit the man truly is at his job. Though we do get glimpses of some bad assery from him. Though, just as quickly as they came, bam they're gone. I really hope this gets Hatred fired because really he's screwing the pooch now. Even though that was the low point in the episode, it really didn't bring it down for me.malice3.jpg

 When everything is all said and done this episode just an amazing fun ride. From the backstory we got with 21 on his rise to new bad assery to again Doctor Venture regretting the fact that Sgt. Hatred is no Brock Sampson and some really great moments from the Monarch. But really what can we expect? Like the man says, "I'm the *%*#ing Monarch!" Now we can add 21 to that level. Why? Because he's *%*#ing Henchman 21! You will respect him!

 

5 out of 5


 

 

 

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About the Author - Zechs


Zechs is the lord and master of The Toy Shed, Character Spotlight, and Cartoon Reviews. He's also an aspiring comic book writer trying to get some of his works published on the Outhouse. 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. Zechs walks the lonely path in Chicagoland area.

 


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