[WARNING – This Venture Bros. review contains some minor spoilers.]
The bodies of Level 10 Super-Villains are stacking up like cordwood and The Council of Thirteen is taking the threat posed by The Blue Morpho with the utmost seriousness. To that end, they’ve developed a special task force and increased surveillance on The Venture Family. Because the old guard of The Guild Of Calamitous Intent remember that the original Blue Morpho was in the employ of the original Doctor Venture and that he took care of all the jobs that the squeaky-clean super-scientist would never openly dirty his hands with.
Meanwhile, The Monarch is preparing for his first arching gig in some time. Normally, he wouldn’t soil his boot kicking the ass of a guy named Doctor Heine (he fights hemorrhoids with lasers, which qualifies him as a good guy under The GOCI’s rather loose guidelines) but the evening’s arching provides him with the perfect alibi while Henchman #21 (in his guise as The New Kano) takes out The Blue Morpho’s next target. Besides, his vigilante activities have to go on hold until he gets his new and improved Blue Morpho costume back from the tailor.
Doctor Venture is, of course, totally unaware of all of this. All he knows is that he’s got the greatest guest ever lined-up for his lunar eclipse viewing party – the man, the myth and the legend that is Christopher “The Highlander” Lambert. Unfortunately, his regular tailor can’t craft a new speed-suit worthy of a party with such a prestigious figure. But there just happened to be a swanky blue suit that was just his size on the counter…
A Party For Tarzan features an impressive number of flashbacks, including our first ever glimpse of Henchman 21’s recruitment into The Monarch’s employ as well as a discussion of how The Guild of Calamitous Intent’s Level System for heroes and villains works and how it came about because of – surprise! – some villain with more ambition than sense trying to kidnap a young Rusty Venture. These flashbacks are delivered film noir style, with voice-overs by the various characters as they refer back to the events that led up to moments in the present.
The way the flashbacks are handled is impressive and Doc Hammer scripted these scenes well. The story suffers slightly in that the current events aren’t quite as interesting as the world-building that occurs in the flashbacks but most of these scenes do offer some amusement even if we can see where the episode is going the moment that Dr. Venture arrives in the tailor’s shop. Still, the script does surprise the viewer at a few key moments and we’re left with no idea what to expect as Season 6 comes to a close next week.