'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), FX’s 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 Archer’s longtime man-crush), Burt Reynolds.
The episode (titled “The Man from Jupiter”) was already distinguished by Reynolds’ presence – but it also proved that 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 – who just so happens to be Burt “Gator” Reynolds. Then comes another twist: Burt isn’t just at the bar by chance – he’s there to meet Archer’s mother Malory (Jessica Walters) for their…date. Cue Archer fainting.
Torn between the love of his man-crush and nausea at the thought of anyone “dating” 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 he’s facing – namely the Cuban hit squad on his tail, seeking vengeance for the comrades that Archer killed way back in the season 1 episode, “Honeypot”. Lana (Aisha Tyler) and the other ISIS agents try to watch Archer’s back, but instead land themselves in the hit squad’s crosshairs, leaving it to Archer and Burt to mount a rescue.