The Venture Bros. season 5 episode 7: Bot Seeks Bot

Review Kaci Ferrell 15 Jul 2013 - 23:30

Things become intense in this week's episode of The Venture Bros. Here's Kaci's review of Bot Seeks Bot...

This review contains spoilers.

5.7 Bot Seeks Bot

Okay, Venture fans. We're nearing the season finale, so we knew it was time for Doc and Jackson to step up their game, but honestly, who could've predicted this? In case you're still in shock, here's the rundown. 

The only member of the Council of Thirteen that Monstroso was able to identify before his death has suddenly turned up dead, allowing the O.S.I. to discover the identity of Councilman One, Vendata. After finding a personal ad he placed seeking male robot companionship, they recruit Ghost Robot to go undercover as his date. From there, they follow the couple to a Guild nightclub called Don Hell's where villains hang out, cut loose, and occasionally torture some civilians. Up for torture tonight are Rusty and Billy, who snuck into the club thinking it was a costume party. Brock tries to save them (hands up if you had old school Venture family warm-fuzzies when Shore Leave implored Brock to consider if risking the success of their mission was worth it just to save Doc, and it immediately became apparent that it was), but ultimately, it's not Brock who's able to save Doc and Billy. It's The Monarch, who arrives just in time to assert his primacy as Doc's arch. And then, just when you think it's safe to breathe again... 

A giant freaking disco ball falls on top of Doc, presumably crushing him to death. 

This is where you shriek at the TV. This is where I shriek at the TV. This is where I shriek at the TV even upon second and third viewings

Okay. Let's catch our collective breath and gather 'round, geeks. This isn't the first time the show has killed off a main character. Infamously, Hank and Dean die in the season one finale, only to be quickly revealed as clones. But for some reason, I am not quite so confident that Doc will survive. It's felt like the show was moving Hank and Dean towards hero and villain roles for awhile now; killing off their dad and allowing them to become the Ventures around which this whole wacky world revolves would be understandable. But there are so many questions left unanswered...who is the boys' mother? Is everyone now aware of Dermott's parentage? Why did Doc have a picture of himself and The Monarch playing together as children before The Monarch's parents died? Why can't The Monarch remember why he hates Rusty Venture? And perhaps most importantly...how are we supposed to survive the finale when the stakes are this high? 

There's so much going on with the Council in this episode that I can barely begin to decipher it all. We finally meet most of the members face-to-face; we're left with the burning questions of how and why Councilman Four died so suddenly; and most shockingly of all, Dr. Mrs. The Monarch is offered Councilman One's spot at the end of the episode. Not to mention the fact that apparently Phantom Limb is still out there with his cronies and he has access to the video feed from Guild headquarters. 

Where the finale is headed is anyone's guess, but I am completely willing to forget last week's subpar episode ever even happened, just based on the mind-blowing amazingness of this week. 

No geekiest moments this week; things are too intense. I'll see you next week for the finale!

Read Kaci's review of the previous episode, Momma's Boys, here

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It would seem that Vendata is the monarch's father. I think that is where this is is all going, if you care at all.

I don't think Doc is dead. He had almost no screen time this episode, and unsentimental though the show is I don't see them killing him without a proper send off. Maybe he'll end up as a head in a jar or something, or wheelchair-bound Professor X style.

Oooh I LIKE THIS IDEA. This is an excellent theory.

I sort of agree, but I'm just not sure what story there is left to tell with Doc other than providing answers to a few questions. Plus if they're bringing Phantom Limb back, they can keep Urbaniak on the payroll that way...

Yeah Vendata malfunctioned at the end and revealed some forgotten memories about a plane crashing and him not knowing where his wife was. Sounded like a certain plane crash that killed a certain Monarch's parents. And if the Monarch's parent's were friends with Jonas it makes sense he'd try and bring him back to life as a cyborg.

Yeah, after Dublestro suggested that, I remembered what happened with him and it made a lot of sense. I really hope it's correct...I like the idea of Jonas trying to save a friend. Considering that we mostly see him through Rusty's eyes, we don't get an overall great picture of him; I'd love to find out that he did a very human thing by trying to save a friend's life in any way he could.

Don't think it's that friendly. In the picture Doc has, it sure looks like Jonas is friendly with Malcom's mom, if you get my drift. We already know he was banging Col. Gentleman's wife/beard, and that Tara is probably Rusty's sister. I think Jonas is Malcom's biological father, and Vendata was his "dad". When he was killed in the plane crash, Jonas probably just saw an opportunity to make a cyborg bodyguard for Rusty (Venturion). Jonas is a scumbag, and I still think he was Force Majeure (who preceded "Bowie", and even Dean for a few minutes, as Sovereign.)

The sneak peak reel shows like 10 scenes doc is in that have left to be aired during the finale. All of which he's badly injured but not dead. You guys didn't even look at the sneak peek reel?!? Come on? Y'all aren't real fans.

Fair point. He could've done it for less than stellar purposes.

1) No one gets to tell anyone else what a "real fan" is or isn't. 2) Being a fan of something does not equate with having an encyclopedic knowledge of that thing. 3) I repeat: no one gets to tell anyone else what a "real fan" is or isn't. 4) Yes, as it happens, I have seen it. Months ago, when it first came out. Why on earth would I re-watch it now, at the end of the season? To see if I can spoil myself for what happens after that cliffhanger? I don't like being spoiled. I like being surprised and letting Doc and Jackson reveal the story to me in their own time. 5) No one gets to tell anyone else what a "real fan" is or isn't. Mostly because there's no such thing as a "real fan." Do you like the thing? Congratulations, you're a "real fan!" Do you not like the thing? Sorry, you are not a "real fan." End of story.

I'm pretty sure Zapsizzle was joking. But that's a vintage overreaction you have there. Bravo.

You know what? If they were, then my response stays the same. It's not "joking" when that is an honest thing that gets said to people -- particularly women and newcomers -- so much so that countless geek bloggers have had to address the topic.

That said, I've re-read the comment and absolutely nothing in it hints to me that it's joking. My response stands as it is either way.

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