Friday, August 22, 2008

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For the uninitiated, today marks the release of the final episode (via Adult Swim's website) of the third season of the Venture Bros. Which makes it at least another year before anything new will be released, likely sending me into a cycle of depression that only handful after handful of Xanax can overcome. So to recognize this, I figured a Venture Bros. related post was in order.

The show is in essence a satire of the old Saturday morning cartoons of the 60's and 70's (Johnny Quest, Scooby-Doo, among many, many others), as well as being a thematic extension of the space-age values of the 50's, where children were taught to believe they could grow up to do anything, and oh so many cheesy educational shorts concluded that colonies on the moon were just decades away. Naturally, every character is a failure in this world, a victim of failed potential and crushed ambitions. From the creators:

Publick: "This show... If you'll permit me to get 'big picture,' This show is actually all about failure. Even in the design, everything is supposed to be kinda the death of the space-age dream world. The death of the jet-age promises."

Hammer: "It's about the beauty of failure. It's about that failure happens to all of us..." "Every character is not only flawed, but sucks at what they do, and is beautiful at it and Jackson and I suck at what we do, and we try to be beautiful at it, and failure is how you get by." "It shows that failure's funny, and it's beautiful and it's life, and it's okay, and it's all we can write because we are big fucking failures. (laughter)"

Sprinkle in a frighteningly large amount of pop culture references, and you got the basic gist of it. Of course, that doesn't actually tell you what the show is about, but I'm not looking to go into a lot of detail here. Just that it's hilarious. Look into it.

Now, I figure there are two ways I can make this music-related (not that it really has to be, but w/e). One, I can point out that the oft-brilliant composer of the show is J.G. Thirlwell, better known for his long career as industrial music pioneer Foetus (among numerous other aliases and side-projects), and that a Venture Bros. Original Soundtrack is apparently on the way; or two, I can post the best cover of "Mars, Bringer of War" ever recorded. Being as prolific as I am (cough), I decided to do both.

That's right. Shit's a capella.

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