About Archer: Archer is an animated, half-hour comedy that revolves around the International Secret Intelligence Service (ISISS) and the lives of its employees. Although their work of espionage, reconnaissance missions, wiretapping and undercover surveillance is daunting and dangerous, every covert operation and global crisis is actually just another excuse for the ISISS staff to undermine, sabotage and betray each other for personal gain.
The full third season of “Archer” premieres with a bang. While I had fun with the three part Season 3 tease that aired alongside “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” in the Fall, it truly feels like Archer is back now. Especially, since you’ve got his hero Burt Reynolds along for the ride. Let’s not forget the charms of Lana or the quirky nerdisms of Cyril to balance out the show. But, that’s before I get into the evils of fake Mounties and the sexual proclivities of a certain Italian Prime Minister. Fun times for young and old alike.
Burt Reynolds is the dominating force in Thursday night’s “The Man from Jupiter”. We get a few side cameos, but nothing compares to the relaxed charm of the older action hero. Listening to Reynolds play off of Benjamin’s laid back appeal as Archer is a symphony of post-modern riffs on a Hal Needham movie marathon. More name drops happen and the Reed/Thompson team continue to pull every reference in the world out of their ass.
“El Contador” is a Cyril heavy episode and Chris Parnell carries it on his back. It’s not the strongest, but it’s a character building piece that helps you to understand what Lana saw in the guy. “The Limited” goes on way too long, but you get some extra Cheryl/Carol goodness. Trains, wild beasts, Quebec Liberation and more are on hand for this jaunty affair. At times, this episode was the closest to approaching Sealab levels of timing.
“Lo Scandalo” grew on me over time. I’ve come to appreciate its clever hand at playing with time and perspective, as Mallory challenges the team’s understanding of the events that led to her getting shot. There’s also the matter of the fetish gear clad dead Italian Prime Minister in her dining room. But, details like that are for small people.
If this is what Season 3 has to offer, than I’m onboard. I like that Thompson/Reed haven’t given up on the Neo Cold War vibe that they’re trying to strike with this series. As we all know, leaving the Cold War behind has stifled all Spy flicks of the last twenty years. With that, we can only hope that Archer continues to embrace its smarmy sex-crazed spy appeal.
Archer premieres Thursday, Jan. 19 at 10PM ET/PT only on FX.