henchman 21Action, intrigue, robot torture the Venture Bros. season finale had it all, but it was the henchmen that stole the show.


As an epic battle between the Monarch, the O.S.I, and an army of Hank & Dean clones ensued, Henchmen 21 & 24 monitored the carnage from the safety of the Monarch mobile or so they thought. When H.E.L.P.eR (rigged to explode) hijacked their ride, Number 24 found himself unable to escape in time due to a jammed seat belt. Leaving his bewildered buddy bawling “Why did you buckle up? Why would you do that?”

Why indeed.

It just doesn’t add up. First off, long before the Monarch mobile explodes we clearly see that the detonation device has been left unattended. So who blew it up? Now while it’s true that Doctor Mrs. The Monarch had been sitting on the device, the possiblity of her accidental triggering it only works if there was a time delay, which seems unlikely since there was no clock on the bomb. On top of that just as the bomb explodes we see (what looks like) Number 24 calmly exiting the car despite the fact that he and Number 21 were there when the Monarch explained that he had booby trapped H.E.L.P.eR. And what happen to the jammed seat belt?

I don’t know whose decapitated head that was but it sure wasn’t Number 24’s

I simply refuse to believe 24’s dead. I think he faked his own death. After all, he and Number 21 have survived stickier situations than that. Even the Monarch described them as having “the rare blend of expendable and invulnerable that makes them the perfect henchmen.” Besides what’s 21 without 24? It’s like Costello without Abbott. You might as well have killed them both, and frankly they’re just too popular for that. Luckily we won’t have to wait long to find out the truth – Season 4 starts Fall 2009!