'Archer': The new season is good for fans and newbies alike(Read article summary)
'Archer' creator Adam Reed and the cast seem to have gotten more comfortable with the rhythm and strengths of the show they've created.
After a short mini-season arc in the fall (a la Lost), FXâs Archer is now back for its official full third season, kicking things off with a premiere that featured a guest appearance by leading man icon (and Sterling Archerâs longtime man-crush), Burt Reynolds.
The episode (titled âThe Man from Jupiterâ) was already distinguished by Reynoldsâ presence â but it also proved thatÂ Archer is truly hitting is comedic stride in season 3.
Things started in the usual Archer fashion: with our master spy (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin) by the bar, courting a few young ladies. The twist comes when Archer bumps into one of the other patrons of the bar â who just so happens to be Burt âGatorâ Reynolds. Then comes another twist: Burt isnât just at the bar by chance â heâs there to meet Archerâs mother Malory (Jessica Walters) for theirâŚdate. Cue Archer fainting.
Torn between the love of his man-crush and nausea at the thought of anyone âdatingâ his mother, Archer does just what his ISIS co-workers figure he will: he kidnaps Burt and leaves Malory a forged breakup letter. Of course, while caught up in his personal drama, Archer forgets entirely about the professional perils heâs facing â namely the Cuban hit squad on his tail, seeking vengeance for the comrades that Archer killed way back in the season 1 episode, âHoneypotâ. Â Lana (Aisha Tyler) and the other ISIS agents try to watch Archerâs back, butÂ instead land themselves in the hit squadâs crosshairs, leaving it to Archer and Burt to mount a rescue.
The strength of Archer has always been in its witty and profane character banter. While consistently funny, sometimes the amount of time spent on dialogue and hit-or-miss improv was a little much. Season 2 got better about including action with all the word play, but âThe Man From Jupiterâ takes things a step further by keeping the banter-heavy jokes firing fast and hitting often, the action ongoing (instead of tacked on to the end) â and perhaps best of all, reigning in some of Archerâs douchebag personality, so that it doesnât cross the line from humorous to annoying. Who knew that Burt Reynolds would be such a wise and reasonable foil for Sterling Archer?
Indeed, it seems that with each season series creator/voice contributor Adam Reed and his cast just get more and more comfortable with the rhythm and strengths of the unique show theyâve created. There are now multiple levels to enjoy the show on, be it the low-brow hilarity of the raunchy one-liners and visual gags; the sharper-witted banter and word play humor for the more attentive viewers to enjoy; or the multiple in-jokes and self-references that make the character situations and conversations even more rich and entertaining for longtime fans of the show.Â No matter which category you fit into, Archer is delivering the goods at the moment.
With a few juicy plot threads laid out and Reynolds (seemingly) on hand for at least a few episodes, it seems like ArcherÂ is only going to get better, and funnier, as season 3 progresses.
Kofi Outlaw blogs at Screen Rant.