Archer: The Complete Season 4
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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.
If you love Archer, you will probably love this season. If you didn't love the preceding seasons, but you liked them, you'll probably love Season 4.
Also, other characters get to stretch their wings here, to hilarious effect.
It's also not as cracked out as later seasons (Seasons 5 and 6, I'm looking at you...) (but then, those had their own cracked out charms, too) -- it's full bodied and mature in its immaturity, like the best Boone's Farm wine.
As for the actual Season 4 itself, I give it 5 stars without hesitation. Possibly the best so far(which is impressive considering how strong it started)! The first 3 episodes are the funniest things I've ever seen on television. The Bob's Burgers premiere had me rolling! The stories continue to be fresh and the humor still very 'adult'. I've said this in all my other Archer reviews and I'll say it again here in case you don't know: THIS IS NOT A KID'S SHOW!!! The language can be a little(who am I kidding - a LOT)blue and there's plenty of suggestive sexual innuendo. The humor can be dark sometimes, but it can be very intelligent also if you pay attention.
If you haven't seen it yet and want to find out what all the buzz is about, take my advice and start with the first season. I believe you can find the earlier seasons pretty cheap and just read Amazon recently bought rights to show episodes on Prime for members. You will be rewarded by seeing the character development(at least as much 'development' as self-centered, dysfunctional, sex/drug addicts can have) over the seasons.
I also want to take a moment to give a shout out to Amazon ... the second disc had an issue and wouldn't play ... but Amazon's Customer Service came through as always - seriously, I have NEVER had a problem - I was able to return the set and am expecting a new one shortly.
Back to the show ... the writers and voice actors are genius. I don't know which I like more ... the show or my husband laughing hysterically at it. If you have a chance, check out the show on You Tube, especially the New York CommiConn from last year. It's a hoot!
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