Archer: Season 3
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Join suave master spy Sterling Archer and his team at ISIS for another hilarious season of over-sexed, hard-drinking espionage and insanity! With a crisis brewing aboard the international space station, Earth may be doomed, but the world's most dangerous secret agent has bigger worries. Archer's dead fiancee returns to life as a cyborg. His nemesis, Bionic Barry, takes over the KGB, and Archer's mother has steamy affairs with both the Italian prime minister and Archer's man-crush. Packed with outrageous operations and irreverent intrigue, Season Three comes armed to the teeth with exclusive, highly classified animated extras. YOUR MISSION: GET ARCHER...TODAY!
How appropriate that this boxed set of episodes (13 on two discs, plus extras) from the third season of Archer is accompanied by a promo for Bond 50, the mammoth reissue of 22 James Bond movies. This show is 007 ad absurdum; Bond films can be cartoony, but Archer really is a cartoon--and a smart, clever, and consistently funny one at that. As usual, the action revolves around self-described "world's greatest secret agent" Sterling Archer (H. Jon Benjamin), codename: Duchess, who seems to have evolved, if that's the word, into an even more drunken, vain, sex-obsessed cad than he already was--and that's saying something. The season opens with "Heart of Archness," a three-parter that finds Archer missing in action, a predicament that doesn't seem to bother anyone at the ISIS agency other than his mother, Malory (Jessica Walter), who dispatches a tough guy named Rip Riley (a hilariously deadpan Patrick Warburton) to locate her son. Other silliness ensues, as Archer, hottie former girlfriend Lana (Aisha Tyler), and the rest of the crew board a train to battle "radical Nova Scotian separatists" and an ocelot, head to West Virginia to help Ray (Adam Reed) and his pot-farmer brother, and travel to space, where they're caught up in a dastardly scheme (concocted by a baddie voiced by Bryan Cranston) to populate Mars. They're all amusing--the character animation remains limited, though the dialogue is unfailingly witty, literate, and punny--but the standout episode is "The Man from Jupiter," in which Burt Reynolds, playing himself, dates Malory, shows Archer what a real man is, and discusses a sequel to Gator, which just might be Sterling's favorite movie ever. There's even a Gator 2 trailer included among the special features. Ridiculous? Sure. But with Archer, that's precisely the point. --Sam Graham
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By nature this kind of wild, raunchy, ribald, gross, un-PC, very clever joke a second romp is going to be a hit or miss affair, but the batting average in 'Archer' is surprisingly high, and a lot of the wordplay is really sharp.
The show grows each season, getting ever funnier, and having the characters and situations branch out in some great unexpected ways. From what started out in season 1 feeling like it would be a one joke idea that would quickly wear out, this somehow found a way to transcend and use the audience familiarity with the characters not to just repeat the same jokes, but to walk a great tightrope of giving what is expected, but then finding a way to just push it one step further. By season 3 the show is really consistently full of surreal hilarity.
Another big plus here is the voice acting. The whole cast is terrific, as are the many guest stars that show up. The fun they all seem to be having doing the show is infectious, and they manage to give their characters a surprising amount of range. Special credit has to be given to H. Jon Benjamin, along with the writers, for making the egotistical idiot of a lead not only very funny, but somehow also likable enough that he never wears out his welcome.
If you like animated insanity, this is very much worth checking out to see if it's for you.