What does the recently released 4-minute trailer for the new season of The Venture Bros. tell fans impatiently awaiting the show’s return on September 12th? I have examined the trailer at length and come up with twenty-five different things that we now know about the upcoming season, just from watching the clip.
1. This season is being called “the new season.”
It was supposed to be the second half of season four. Then Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick were delayed, and release date for the remaining episodes of season four was pushed back by several months. Then, people started referring to the second half of season four as season five. Then the first half of the season was released on DVD as The Venture Bros. Vol. 4, Part I, indicating that the forthcoming episodes really were part of season four. So you know what? Jackson and Doc decided to just call it “The New Season.”
2. Sergeant Hatred has some kind of generic Transformers helmet.
The reason that Hatred is wearing this helmet (which has the voice changer feature) while torturing Dr. Venture is unknown at this time, although it probably has something to do with one of Hatred’s stupid drills. The whole situation is particularly odd, however, when you take into consideration the fact that Venture is blindfolded at the time.
3. Parrilla (electric shock torture) is a good way to wake up super scientists in the morning.
Of course, I’m assuming it’s morning because it’s impossible to tell from the trailer (looks like they have Dr. Venture in the basement of the compound), but for some reason Hatred, Hank, and Dean are using shock torture on Dr. Venture’s nipples to wake him up.
4. Hatred is magic.
When Hatred is torturing Dr. Venture at the start of the trailer, it appears that the electrical wires he’s using aren’t connected to a power source (check it out, each wire is connected with a clamp to one of Rusty’s nipples, and they wind along the floor to Hatred, who holds one wire in each hand and then touches the ends together to produce an electrical current), so the electrical charge that zaps Venture must be created by magic.
5. Tim-Tom and Kevin (the Pupa Twins) are still around, and now they have their own motorcycles.
Even though the last season of The Venture Bros. made it seem like the Pupa Twins were becoming more of a nuisance than they are worth, this season’s trailer clearly shows Tim-Tom and Kevin dropping out of The Monarch’s flying Cocoon on matching motorcycles in pursuit of Sergeant Hatred and Dean Venture.
6. Dermott is back, and he’s being punched in the stomach.
Granted, Dean kicked Dermott’s ass in season three’s “The Buddy System,” but that didn’t stop Brock’s alleged son from mouthing off and generally being annoying thereafter. Someone is giving Dermott what he deserves, however, and if you pause the trailer and take a careful look, it appears to be The Alchemist in some kind of 1940s private investigator’s getup.
7. Twenty-one has a trident.
That’s right, The Monarch’s prize henchman has a trident. I don’t know why, and the scene isn’t really in context (it looks like a bunch of random people, Twenty-one, and a member of S.P.H.I.N.X. are reenacting gladiatorial battles, or something), but Twenty-one has a freaking trident. Don’t tell me that isn’t cool.
8. Phantom Limb is back, and dressing like the Phantom Limb again.
Just when you thought he was gone for good, Phantom Limb returned, calling himself “Revenge” and talking to inanimate objects. In the new season, the Limb is riding something that looks like a dragon, and instead of his strange “Revenge” getup, he’s back in his old costume. Phantom Limb’s invisible arms are slightly more visible this season, with what appear to be neon veins extending through the invisible limbs. I assume that this is a result of whatever technology or science saved the villain after he lost several appendages in the crash in the second half of the season two finale, “Showdown at Cremation Creek (Part II).” Also, Limb appears to be fighting some kind of giant robot.
9. The Monarch ripped off the Green Goblin’s infamous “Goblin Glider,” making his in the shape of a butterfly.
The Monarch is always one to come up with new and ridiculously expensive villainous toys (remember the mechanical caterpillars that encased Hank and Dean in cocoons last season in “Handsome Ransom”?). Now it appears that The Monarch has his own glider, this one gold in color and shaped like (what else?) a butterfly. This glider also has the capability of shooting a grappling hook that can ensnare someone like Dr. Venture and drag him out a smashed window behind the Monarch.
10. Dr. Venture is injured.
As The Monarch captures his archenemy, we see Dr. Venture sitting atop a table in his lab in the compound with a bandage wrapped around his right shoulder and blood oozing through. Also, he is wearing nothing but his underwear.
11. Twenty-one’s dream of spending time alone with Dr. Mrs. The Monarch is realized when the two pair up to save The Monarch’s life.
Of course, I doubt that Twenty-one imagined Dr. Mrs. The Monarch yelling at him the whole time. Nevertheless, it looks like the queen butterfly and Twenty-one are the only ones around to save The Monarch from whatever fate has befallen him. Most likely it has something to do with the weird helmet he’s wearing.
12. The Pirate Captain isn’t the only one with an addiction to tranquilizer darts, and Sergeant Hatred has watched Pulp Fiction one too many times.
Like the Pirate Captain before him, Hatred has developed a taste for the tranquilizer darts that The Monarch’s henchmen carry. But the buzz of a handful of tranquilizer darts isn’t enough for Hatred, and he channels Mia Wallace in Pulp Fiction by stabbing himself in the heart with a shot of adrenaline. Despite being overloaded with adrenaline and tranquilizers, no one has seen fit to relieve Hatred of his gun. This should end well.
13. White and Billy Quizboy can’t figure out what’s wrong with Dr. Venture.
Among the things written on the white board behind Hatred as he freaks out on adrenaline are spinal injury, stroke (which is underlined twice), snake bite, tumor, and lyme disease. How any of those would cause shoulder bleeding, I don’t know, but when it comes to medical expertise on The Venture Bros., you get what you pay for.
14. Dr. Mrs. The Monarch has a sexy pink negligee.
Also, she uses mouthwash before bed. No, seriously. Check it out for yourself if you don’t believe me.
15. Billy Quizboy and Pete White have acquired some nifty matching motorcycle suits.
They only wear them in one scene in the trailer, but the two have what appears to be matching blue and silver motorcycle suits, helmets, and blue and silver motorcycles. Billy’s is attached to Pete’s like the sidecar on Indiana Jones’s motorcycle in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), but the two can also detach and be driven as separate bikes. I’m guessing that it has something to do with Billy’s unofficial induction into the Order of the Triad, because the helmets have a “T” on the front.
16. There is a Spider-Man look-alike who wears a brown suit and shoots webs out of his ass.
He looks like Spider-Man, and he shoots webs from his hands like Spider-Man, but this masked menace wears a brown bodysuit and also shoots webs out of his ass (okay, so maybe it’s out of a spot on his back located near his ass, but still). Classic Venture Bros., if you ask me. Also, Spidey uses his ass webs to ensnare a Taxi cab in the trailer, although it isn’t clear why he does so.
17. Col. Gathers misses his breasts and has a woman inside of him, screaming to be heard.
Col. Gathers was in OSI with Brock. Then he went undercover, had a sex change operation, and joined Molotov Cocktease’s Blackhearts. Now he’s a man again, and runs S.P.H.I.N.X. But because there are no secrets in S.P.H.I.N.X., we now know that Gathers misses his boobs and has a woman inside of him, screaming to be heard. Awesome.
18. Brock once jerked off twelve times in one day just to see if he could (also, he is still a member of S.P.H.I.N.X.).
Like I said, there are no secrets in S.P.H.I.N.X., and therefore we also now know that Brock once jerked off twelve times in one day just to see if he could. Likewise, this admission (and the S.P.H.I.N.X. suit he’s wearing) also indicates that Brock is still working for Gathers and S.P.H.I.N.X.
19. Twenty-four is still hanging around in ghost form, only visible to Twenty-one.
Previously claiming not to have the ability to interact with objects, Twenty-four somehow manages to order Dr. Mrs. The Monarch a drink at the Cocoon’s bar and make it seem like Twenty-one was the one who ordered it.
20. Consequently, Twenty-one may be losing his mind.
If Twenty-four ordered a drink for Dr. Mrs. The Monarch and Twenty-one wasn’t aware of his dead friend’s actions, then several interesting possibilities arise. First, could Twenty-four really be a figment of Twenty-one’s imagination, created by the psychological trauma of watching his best friend be blown to bits? That would explain how Twenty-four’s ghost ordered a drink: it was actually Twenty-one, subconsciously pretending to be his dead companion. Or the second possibility: Twenty-four’s ghost really is haunting Twenty-one and Twenty-four has the ability to possess Twenty-one’s body and do things like order drinks for the queen butterfly. Another possibility: I’m reading into this scene way too much. Yeah, I’m probably reading into this way too much.
21. Sergeant Hatred is still obsessed with his ex, Princess Tiny Feet (and he sucks at songwriting).
Although she only appeared in one or two episodes, Princess Tiny Feet’s presence is still felt in the new season of The Venture Bros. Sergeant Hatred’s obsession with his tiny-footed ex still plagues him, which probably means that we’ll be seeing him break down crying again this season. Awesome. When is Brock coming back, again?
22. Pete White does not enjoy bonding time in the Ventures’ panic room with Sergeant Hatred.
Who can blame him? I certainly wouldn’t want to be trapped in the Ventures’ panic room with Sergeant Hatred as he waxes poetic about his ex with an acoustic guitar and a tone-deaf ear.
23. This season includes some animated man butt.
No, not Brock’s animated man-butt. Unfortunately, the animated man-butt featured in the trailer for the new season of The Venture Bros. belongs to a S.P.H.I.N.X. operative. Specifically, it belongs to the somewhat effeminate S.P.H.I.N.X. agent, who thinks that scuba diving in “genital formalwear” is not only a good idea, but that it “works like a samurai mask” and will hypnotize anyone who looks at him.
24. Dr. Venture is paranoid (also, Hatred is still his bodyguard and both of them still treat the boys like they’re 12).
It seems that Rusty Venture has come to grips not only with the idea that there are a lot of unbalanced people out there that would love to see him dead, but that his demise will probably happen sooner, rather than later. Of course, Rusty does tend to exaggerate things in order to make himself seem more important, but this scene still intrigues me. I want to know where The Venture Bros. is going with this.
25. The Hank and Dean clones are back from the dead, and they want The Monarch’s braaaaiiinnssss.
Okay, so maybe the zombie clones didn’t actually say anything about brains, but one can only assume. What is clear, however, is that the zombie clones are after The Monarch, which leads me to believe that he may have something to do with bringing them back from the dead. Either that, or Dr. Venture is a better super scientist than I gave him credit for.
True to form, Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick deliver with the trailer for the new season of The Venture Bros. If you watch the trailer carefully, you can learn a lot about the forthcoming episodes. Check it out for yourself below!