To Be in the Venture Compound in the Summertime

I’ve got 2 Venture Brothers-related confessions to make: first is that before he showed up in the series, I’d never heard of Klaus Nomi. Second is that until last week’s episode (“What Goes Down Must Come Up”), I’ve thought this season was clever but not hilariously funny.

This episode had me dying, though. (Yeah, I’m watching it Wednesday night. I’ve been busy). The story was the best this season, Jefferson Twilight makes everything funny, and it was nice to get a little break from the Monarch and the Guild of Calamitous Intent stuff.

Plus, I just like it when I get a reference. And I love it when people just go balls-out on a joke, and have it end up working perfectly. When they first showed the sewer tunnel and played the little snippets of music, I thought, “Wait a second. They’re not actually doing what I think they’re doing.” And then they topped it with pretty much the best reference ever. I had to pause the recording I was laughing so hard.

I didn’t catch a single one of the references in the later scenes, but for a minute there, I felt hip.

My favorite line (paraphrased): “They’re members of the Rusty Venture fan club, which explains the survival skills they needed to live down there for 40 years.”