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Archer: Season 2
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
on August 18, 2011
Format: DVD
Archer is a wonderfully absurdist frolic for strictly adult audiences. Fundamentally this show is a giant spoof of 1960s spy thrillers; a spoof made for decidedly 21st century sensibilities. It's the show Get Smart would have been had all the characters been perpetually high on crystal meth.

However you felt about season one, you'll probably feel the same way about season two. Personally, I love it! I don't think season two is actually any better than season one, but I don't think the quality has dropped at all either. So long story short, what we get here is more of the same. But without, I should stress, the show becoming merely repetitive.

If you haven't seen season one yet, I would suggest you begin at the beginning rather than just plunging in here. Season two does pick up pretty well exactly where season one left off. It'd be overstating things to say that this show is story-driven; it's more like a comedic improv act than that. But unlike most of Cartoon Network's [adult swim] cartoons, Archer does have a definite continuity. It's not like Aqua Teen Hunger Force where characters regularly die or get horribly mutilated only to be back again as normal the very next episode. In this universe when things happen, they've happened, and subsequent episodes do build on what's gone before.

In fact, in many ways this show is a whole lot like a more grown-up version of the original [adult swim] lineup. The sense of humor is certainly no less deranged. Things are as amoral and as brutal as ever. The difference is that the descent into anarchy is now played out on a much larger, more elaborate stage. What's more, given the success of the [adult swim] franchise, we're now watching shows with real budgets. This means that we can finally move beyond art lifted from old Hanna Barbera cartoons and into a world all our own. A jet-age, pop-art world that's smart, sexy, and at times just plain disturbing. Every bit as disturbing, say, as accidentally stumbling upon your mother's vibrator...

Not that I'm giving away any spoilers, you understand.

I'd never do that to you.

Theo.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2011
Format: DVD
Rare are those shows that actually grow and show improvement with each subsequent season. This is one of those shows...

While the first season focused mainly on the ensemble aspects, it still revolved mostly around the title character. I am, in no way, taking anything away from Season One. It still stands head and shoulders above the typical sitcom dribble that pollutes network TV. However...I have to say that I laughed like I haven't in years watching the second season.

The supporting cast was definitely more fleshed out (as much as you can in an animated series). The cancer themed episodes, while gut bustingly hilarious at times, also showed a side to Sterling that wasn't there in season one...a bit of a soft side. Pam, Cheryl, and Krieger each had several times to shine as stand alone characters of interest. I have to give the MVP of season two to Pam, though. Her past is more brought to light and the "kidnapping" episode really shows you just how strong her character is (literally and figuratively). Lana, Cyril, and Malory still seem pretty one dimensional...but each have their moments in the sun this season as well.

Hands down...still one of the funniest and smartest comedies in TV history...and second only to Arrested Development.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on August 19, 2011
Format: DVD
Archer is one of those shows that has to be watched to be properly understood. I could write about how there's this group of occasionally competent spies called ISIS, ruled over by alcoholic Mallory Archer, or about the self-centered, barely survived adventures of her son. But first, I don't want to spoil things, and second, to re-iterate, Archer has to be watched to be properly understood. I'll just say that I've seen every episode several times, and the better ones many more than that.

At turns hilariously funny, ridiculously twisted, and strangely badas*, Archer takes many of the elements of previous cartoons, but goes so much further. It combines the absurd situations of "Family Guy" with the bluff aggressiveness of "American Dad", adds in the inter-relationships central to "Futurama", and leavens the mix with more mature elements, plot continuity, and character growth rarely seen in animated shows. The result is a genius on behalf of the writing team that is unmatched.

To fully capitalize on writing, a show needs animation and voice acting; Archer delivers these in spades. The animation is somewhat "Pop-Art" stylized, with clean lines, movement and coloration that could have come out of Warhol's "Factory"; it might also remind older viewer of 1990's Jonny Quest (which I used to watch as a kid). The cast, many of whom were members of "Arrested Development", don't disappoint; Sterling Archer's lines especially are delivered with a timing and panache that fully express every iota of the writing's potential.

The DVD is definitely worth buying to enjoy the images in full, high-def quality, and makes a great present for adult "children" of all ages.

I'd recommend watching the first season first (crazy idea, right?), since some of the references are to earlier episodes. Once you start Archer, you won't want to miss any of it, and equally won't want any spoilers if you have to backtrack.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2012
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
Archer is easily my favorite show of all time. The second season was amazing and I'm counting down the days until season 3 begins. Even if you've seen all the episodes this season's special features are worth the money. I've never laughed so hard on one of the special features. Archer is a great show, it has some of the best one liners I've seen come from a show. The cast is great and group of very funny people with H. Jon Benjimen in the lead. I would recommend everyone to see this show.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2012
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Archer is a great show. Pretty crass and immature but such complex, hilarious humor. The first season, as a novelty, seemed more fantastic than the second when I was used to the wit and antics of the characters. My husband and I watch Archer whenever we need to relax. It's just an effing awesome show. Make sure you get Season 1 first. The special features are great, too.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 29, 2012
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
A review from someone who considers himself to be a huge fan of the series might not mean much, but who else is going to buy these things? The second season was almost as good as the first, and all of the episodes are - of course - here. The real prize is the bonus material. Listening to Sterling Archer talk about how the hypothetical matchup between 6 duck-sized horses and one horse-sized duck would play out is pure comedy gold. Well worth the price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2012
Format: DVD
If you enjoyed the first season, you will be more than satisfied with season two. It is a must have for Archer fans
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 2012
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It's a really funny show, but why is it censored? There's a scene with five seconds of bleeping in it! Even though I've watched the show since the beginning and have the first season on DVD already, it didn't really annoy me that much until this scene.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2011
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The first season of Archer was classic. Always funny and just plain good. The first episode of the second season, were things usually take a turn for the worse or show the show has staying power this episode shows exactly that. Archer season 2 does not disappoint. It is full of the laughs and charm that the first season showed, just it does it ever so slightly better. I'm not sure what it is but it is great. Well worth buying the season pass. I highly highly recommend watching this show.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 1, 2014
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
You know, you think with a show like Archer and the fanbase they're creating they'd go out of their way to put some great extras on the DVD. There are a few here- and they're plenty funny- but they are pretty short. I'd love to see some GOOD commentaries (not just cast members blathering about their personnel lives while the show plays in the background), for example. Also, I hate the stupid advertisements I have to skip through when I put the DVD in the player. I tend to just use netflix for the seasons they have since that way I don't have to watch ads on something I've bought.
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