The Venture Bros. Season 4, Episode 5: "The Revenge Society" - Review


The Venture Bros' rich, complicated and often ridiculous back story is a large reason why the series is so enjoyable, to the extent that some otherwise lackluster episodes can succeed based solely on the merits of the juicy details they reveal about the series' history. "The Revenge Society" is definitely one of those episodes. Although its main story doesn't exactly spring to manic life in the way you'd hope, both its minor and major revelations carry enough comedic weight to make the episode memorable.


"The Revenge Society" sees The Phantom Limb return after his defeat in "Showdown at Cremation Creek" to gain control of The Guild of Calamitous Intent. Having suffered from a serious psychotic breakdown after his fall from grace, his plan doesn't make much practical sense, and involves kidnapping two of the Guild's council members, having Billy Quizboy surgically sew the head of one council member to the body of the other, and then forcing them to reveal how the Phantom's grandfather was the true founder of the Guild (thus making Phantom Limb the rightful sovereign). Because they rightly fear for their lives, the council members indulge their kidnapper, and Billy Quizboy reveals that the powerful Orb is located at the Venture Compound. This sends both the Guild and Phantom Limb on a crash course towards the compound with the hapless Venture family unaware why so many villains have descended upon their lawn.


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