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The Venture Bros.: 20 Years to Midnight

Brock finds a box full of Dr. Jonas Venture Sr. old stuff, during when Brock was vacuuming a room inside the Venture compound. Inside this box, Brock notices an old video recording machine that has an old recording of Dr. Jonas Venture Sr. whom insists Dr Venture look for an old invention of his that has the power to potentially destroy the world. Dr. Jonas scattered the peaces of this machine around the world, but when the time is right in the world, which is one day away, Rusty would have to reassemble it to save the world. So the video recording of Dr. Jonas Venture enlists Rusty Venture to look for it.


Episode Info


Episode number: 2x5
Production Number: 2-17
Airdate: Sunday August 06th, 2006



  • Currently 9.3/10
9.3/10 (3 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Brendon SmallBrendon Small
voiced Johnny Quest
Recurring
Mia BarronMia Barron
voiced Sally Impossible, Jonas Jr.'s Ibezan Houseguest
Recurring
Paul BoocockPaul Boocock
voiced Dr. Jonas Venture, Subway Bum, Taxi Driver, Voice of Impossible Computer
Recurring
Stephen ColbertStephen Colbert
voiced Professor Impossible
Recurring

Recap

We are shown at the beginning of this episode, a weird creature landing from the sky to near the Venture compound. This alien gets out of his ship and starts scouting the Venture compound area, and we see through its eyes Dr. Venture sitting in a toilet seat. Meanwhile, at the same time, Brock is doing some spring cleaning and vacuuming around the house. During cleaning, Brock spots an old box full of Dr Jonas Ventures Sr.’s old stuff, and so he peaks in and gets the impression that the contents of the box are important somehow. Brock decides to call Dr. Venture, whom still is in the bathroom, to come over stating that he might find the box and its contents interesting. ..

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Episode Notes
By calculating the date Dr. Jonas Venture Sr. provided, which was:

Dr. Jonas Venture Sr.: Once assembled, the device must be activated at precisely midnight, in New York, on may 4th of your 44th year.

We now know that the Dr. Venture's age is 44 years old.

This episode's title, Twenty Years to Midnight, is a reference to the Doomsday clock. which is a symbolic clock that counts down to th end of the world.



Episode Quotes
Colonel Gentleman's Diary: "Toys Colonel Gentleman would have liked to have as a child, but they weren't invented yet": Micronauts, The Scooby-Doo Monster Game, AT-AT Imperial Walker, Stay Alive: The Survival Game, and Which Witch?.



Episode Goofs
When Brock spotted the box full of Dr Jonas Ventures Sr.’s old stuff, he apparently knew right away that it was something very important and Brock revealed to Dr Venture that the reason he called him their was directly about the video camera and TV set that was inside the box. How could Brock know instantly their was something important in the video camera before even locating through the video.

The scene were Dean, Hank and Brock get off of the X-1 heading towards Dr. Jonas Jr's building on Spider Skull Island and Brock sees a man coming about with a flash light, Brock attacks that man and suddenly the lights turn on. When the lights turn on, Dean and Hank are standing on the middle of the room and Brock grabbing the man, who we know as "The Ghost Captain Pirate". The goof is that apparently the lights came on be themselves.

Their was no mention of Cody, Sally's other brother whose power was to convert his body into flame but doing so causing him great pain. It is assumed when sally was trying to escape with Dr. Venture that Sally, Rocket and Ned were to go along with her. but still no mention of her other brother Cody.



Cultural References
Among one of Colonel Gentleman's diary entries are "Female Actresses Who Need To Be Smacked In The Mouth." This is referenced to allegations brought on by Sean Connery who was noted for doing once. Which Colonel Gentleman's character is entirely based on.

The Impossibles are a direct spoof on "The Fantastic Four" whom all the main characters have similar powers.

Colonel Gentleman's Diary: "Toys Colonel Gentleman would have liked to have as a child, but they weren't invented yet": Micronauts, The Scooby-Doo Monster Game, AT-AT Imperial Walker, Stay Alive: The Survival Game, and Which Witch?.

The episode's title, Twenty Years to Midnight, is a reference to the Doomsday clock. which is a symbolic clock that counts down to th end of the world.



Episode References
We get to see Sally and Professor Impossible's baby named Rocket, from the mini cliffhanger on episode "Ice Station Impossible". Where Sally is crying over a test result that Professor Impossible took from Dr. Venture's fake urine test (Which was the urine of Sally impossible)



Other Episode Crew

CreatorChristopher McCulloch
 
Warning: The Venture Bros. season 2 episode 5 guide may contain spoilers
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