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The Invisible Hand of Fate

For those of you peak-at-your-Christmas-presents types out there, this week's episode of The Venture Bros. is already viewable online over at the Adult Swim Fix .

I won't spoil it or anything for those of you who'd rather wait until it's on TV Sunday night, but "The Invisible Hand of Fate" was the first episode to be written and produced for season 3, mainly because I originally planned to write it as the penultimate episode of season 2...before the finale got away from us and turned into a two-parter. Given some of the secret histories revealed within, you can well imagine why I would have wanted to shed some light on these particular characters before launching into the finale story. But it was worth the wait, I think.

For the record, I wouldn't have aired this one third in an ideal world, but production deadlines forced our invisible hand. While I'm quite proud of the episode, I worry that throwing another secondary character/flashback-heavy episode at you guys so soon after our Monarch-centric premiere could be a bit confusing--or, worse yet, kind of disappointing--and the episode mightn't get judged fairly on its own merits. But whatever...hopefully you're all into it. And if you're not, there's always next week's episode, "Home Is Where The Hate Is," which is a super-hot Doc & Jackson joint script (and, for no particular reason, probably the most beautifully animated episode of The Venture Bros. ever) and would have aired third if not for the fact that we're still mixing it!

Shirt Club Update:

The Guild of Calamitous Intent shirts and Super-Bonus Brock Samson Kodokan Blood Judo Subscribers-Only shirts will begin shipping next week. For those of you who ordered and are getting antsy wondering where your shirts are, they're being lovingly crafted at the printer's as I write this, and those overworked folks will be jumping onto the Killinger shirts shortly thereafter. Please allow this LJ post to serve in the place of some mass email--this Shirt Club thing has blown up in a way we never expected, but we will get everyone their shirts as quickly as possible. Our website did warn that they could take 3-5 weeks for delivery, but we plan to stick closer to the 3 than the 5.

One caveat for you 2XL subscribers only: some of you will be getting your super-bonus Brock Samson Kodokan Blood Judo shirts a little later than others, because we apparently cleaned American Apparel out of all their 2XL white/red ringer tees. But they're making more, and we'll get them to you as soon as possible. Your Guild shirts are right on schedule, though.

I won't spoil the surprise of this coming Sunday's shirt for you, but... those of you who've been craving a little color in your life after two weeks of plain black tees? You're going to get your wish.

And just a friendly reminder to you week-to-week Shirt Club enthusiasts: Orders for each weekly shirt officially close at 11:59pm (EST) Saturday nights!

And speaking of t-shirts... the Adult Swim Store is selling their own Venture Industries logo shirt , which I thoroughly endorse, and which Shirt Club won't be offering our own version of. So if our shirts don't float your sartorial boat, please check out theirs.

Okay, enough of this...I gotta go Hulk. I mean "write."

We Love You,


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Great episode. I can see why you wanted to have the second non-main-cast episode later, but this worked out. And hey, plenty of Brock, so it had more of the main cast than the season opener.

Now for the spoilery comments:

I'm going to take this episode as further proof that Myra is the boys' Mom. I probably shouldn't doubt it at all, but Brock and Rusty did deny it at the end of "I Know why the Caged Bird Kills."

I love that at the beginning Pete seems like he's not really Billy's friend, he's just been spying on the little guy all these years. Then at the end we learn that Pete really does care, he's just the kind of jerk who will knock his friend unconscious for convenience.

Something about HELPeR holding the boys as babies is really adorable. They're freaky looking babies, but HELPeR is weirdly maternal for an expressionless robot.

I noticed that the new opening doesn't have any villains at all in the background, unlike the old one. Are we going to see the Monarch oriented opening again? There's something neat about shows that don't do the same opening every week.

Oh, and another (spoilery) question. Did you guys always have an inkling of the quiz show origin in mind for Billy? "Quizboy" is such a strange thing for Billy to call himself, yet this episode made it make perfect sense.

Given the Quizboy name, we definitely always knew he was a former quiz champion, yeah.

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