“The Venture Bros.” is my favorite thing on television, period. It’s been fascinating to watch it morph from a straight-on “Johnny Quest” parody to a broader riff on 70s/80s comics/cartoons/etc and now to a thing so densely-woven that it has a full-blown mythos of it’s own to play with. Characters who started out as one-joke goofs on established icons are now wholly icons in their own right – it now feels both limiting and incredibly inaccurate to describe Hank & Dean in terms of Johnny or The Hardy Boys, or Brock as simply “psychopath Race Bannon,” or even Dr. Orpheus as the flawless “Doctor Strange” send-up he still obviously is. Hell, Gary (aka Henchman 21) going from literally a meaningless bit-player to main character whose spectacular arc-derailment (right down to the way it instantly reminded us that The Monarch and Dr. Mrs. The Monarch are in fact still The Bad Guys) was the great sleight-of-hand masterstroke of Season 4 is practically a metaphor for the entire series.
Anyway, there’s a new extended teaser for the finally-incoming Season 5, and it looks like the awesome plans to continue. There’s a lot of quick flashes of things fans have more-or-less been expecting to see (Gary in a S.P.H.I.N.X. uniform? Check. More of “Goth Dean?” Check.) but also a lot of exciting “what does THAT mean!?” as well. Check it out: