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Archer: Season 2 [Blu-ray]
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Sterling Archer, the world’s most dangerous spy, and his snarky ISIS cohorts are back for another outrageously raunchy season of international espionage and hilarious inter-office intrigue! When he’s not busy foiling eco-terrorist threats, tracking down mysterious killers, or having sex in x-ray machines, the suave master-spy has his hands full with bikini-clad ninjas, Swiss nymphomaniacs, and paternity suits. Archer searches for the true identity of his father, battles breast cancer, and brings a sexy, ex-KGB agent home to meet his domineering mother. It’s all in a day’s work for the international man of mystery in this uproariously edgy animated farce.
He's intrepid. He's absurdly egotistical. He's obsessed with sex (although perhaps not as much as his mother, not to mention several other characters in the show). He is, in fact, described by his own mom as "a vain, selfish, lying, and quite possibly alcoholic man-whore." This is Sterling Archer, self-described world's greatest spy and the hero of these 13 second-season episodes of Archer, the irreverent, often laugh-out-loud funny cartoon series from the FX network. This season's themes are no less adult than the last one's, including the suggestion of sex with a minor, a paternity suit, irresponsible gambling, and breast cancer--make that male breast cancer, specifically Archer's. Sterling (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin) and his cohorts at ISIS, the agency run by mother Malory (Jessica Walter), gallivant around the globe, from the bayous of Louisiana (where they try to thwart an eco-terrorist) to the grand hotels of Monaco (where they somehow end up in the middle of the famous Grand Prix auto race) and a dark prison cell in Russia (where Archer has gone in an attempt to locate the man he believes to be his father). The jokes and puns come at us fast and furious. Some are obvious and sophomoric, if still amusing (Archer's supposed father is named Nikolai Jakov); others are cleverer (the topless young Swiss cutie who comes on to our hero claims that "he tried to touch me with his… Wilhelm"), and still others are downright smart and funny (not many TV shows, especially animated ones, touch on the difference between perquisite and prerequisite, or bailiwick and legerdemain). The character animation is limited, to say the least--those who recall the Clutch Cargo series from the late 1950s and early '60s should feel right at home--but the backgrounds are often quite beautiful. And if there's any doubt that Archer is not for kids, the ample profanity (no F-bombs, but pretty much everything else) should convince parents to keep their young ones out of earshot. Meanwhile, those wondering what the folks behind the voices look like will want to check out the bonus feature covering several cast members' appearance at Comic-Con. --Sam Graham
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Double Deuce, The
Archersaurus - Self Extinction
L'espoin Mal Fait
ISIS infiltrates Comic-con
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It's funny because Gex X'ers seem to be the first to easily see PAST the Animation aspect (which older generations still see as a CARTOON).
H. Jon Benjamin is so funny and when I watch Archer i become immersed in his animated worlds whether it's watching Archer or Bob's Burgers.
I first became aware of his work in the movie Martin & Orloff If you are a fan of a more expanded playing out of the Upright Citizen's Brigade work from the 1990's this movie is HILLARIOUS.
Archer is stupid, naughty, dirty, raunchy, sexist, racist, misogynistic, it's terribly WONDERFULL! It's of course not based in reality so I don't mean to say that those things are good. But it's clever use an poking fun at those things rather than embodying them itself.
It reminds me of how people really talk when they get together and drink (aside from well it depending on if your friends embody any of those bad traits listed above or not).
Can't wait for Season 7.... It seems to be a bit delayed. Need to go look up why. I was PRETTY sure I checked last year and saw it on the list for renewals.
Then you make the main character a trigger-happy, high-functioning alcoholic, narcissist with a creepily unhealthy relationship with his mother.
Then you make certain that the mother is also a high-functioning alcoholic and you give her horrible parenting skills and make her an arrogant, selfish, amoral elitist.
And then you proceed to have a spy agency run by the alcoholic, arrogant, selfish, amoral elitist and make certain that she employs her alcoholic son as a secret agent. Make certain that her chief comptroller is a sex-addict, make certain that her head of Human Resources is a hard-drinking bisexual blabbermouth who’s as strong as an ox and can kill grown men with her bare hands, make one of the employees some sort of a bullet-magnet who gets shot in almost every episode and make their chief scientist an insane genius (who may have been cloned from Hitler’s DNA) oh, and I almost forgot about the even MORE insane millionaire who works there as a secretary.
Also you have to add a gay secret agent with a sarcastic wit that is sharp enough to cut your throat and a female secret agent that looks suspiciously like a hybrid of Mrs. Peel from the Avengers and several of the women from UNCLE.
You throw all of this in a pot and bring it to a very, very slow boil, starting in the 1960s and continue to boil until sometime around the year 2011.
You confuse your viewers by having you main character born in 1941, but only make him thirty-five years old. Then you insist on including modern technology (like iPhones and the internet) and have it exists side-by-side VCRs, VHS tapes and big, clunky, heavy, obsolete computer monitors.
Then; just when it becomes painfully obvious that the show isn’t grounded in ANY decade, you make fun of that fact by having one of the main characters ask, “What year do you think this is?”
And then while nerdy intellectuals like me are analyzing the storyline and explaining why the show cannot take place in modern day (or the 1970s, 1980s or 1990s) everybody starts having sex with everybody else and the main character goes on a rampage, killing off the Irish mob in New York City while chain-smoking joints the size of tampons.
Do you wanna see Sterling Archer kill the Irish mob while chain-smoking joints the size of tampons? Then watch Season-two of Archer.
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