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Archer: Season 4 [Blu-ray]
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If you've never watched Archer, jump right in. Although there are inside jokes that build through the series, the episodes are largely self contained. Archer is a drunk spy... there, you're up to speed. You can jump into any season or episode and enjoy it. You will also have the overpowering urge to then start the series from the beginning, so you won't miss anything. The show, though a cartoon, is definitely not for kids. At all. Even more so than something like Family Guy, though if you like Family Guy you will probably also like Archer.
So basically if you like offensively adult cartoons, and the idea of a drunk misogynist spy blowing stuff up sounds like good fun, this show is awesome and you have been deprived by not watching it sooner. This show, much like a Will Ferrell movie, is just as funny (often funnier) the 2nd through 100th times through. This makes it a good pick to actually buy on DVD or Bluray, as you'll find yourself watching it over and over, unlike something like Entourage or Lost that you watch once and then it sits.
If you've seen Archer's first 3 seasons, season 4 simply continues the trend. Same crazy schemes, same dysfunction, same jokes. Nothing about that should imply a bad thing. This is simply the same great level of humor that we've come to expect (nay, deserve).
Seriously. You're not randomly on this page, you're here because you're a fan. This hasn't even shipped yet and I can tell you you'll love it. Buy it and all the previous seasons too.
I've been an Archer fan since first catching episodes via Netflix, and already have the DVD versions of the first three seasons. While I do think that some parts of season 4 weren't as strong as, say, The Heart of Archness (S3) -- and nearly all of season 3 was great -- season 4 still has several of what I consider classic episodes.
And my definition of 'classic' basically translates as, "Do I want to see it again?"
Among my favorites:
- Legs: Ray gives in to Krieger's nagging and allows himself to be fitted with bionic legs, much to Archer's panicked consternation.
- Once Bitten: Archer is bitten in his perineum and suffers intense hallucinations.
- The Papal Chase: Archer and the ISIS team try to prevent the Pope from being assassinated...and it so happens the Pope looks -exactly- like Woodhouse. Look for Archer disguising himself as a very familiar and iconic Italian-American priest from SNL, right down to the mustache and tinted oversized glasses.
And of course the season finale: Sea Tunt (parts 1 and 2) -- a crossover episode that does everything but specifically mention "Sealab 2021," a cult show from the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. With Captain Murphy voiced by 'Mad Men' actor Jon Hamm, doing a terrific job of copying the original Harry Goz's voice and mannerisms. (In short, he's as crazy as Cheryl.) In this one, note the name on the toppled soft drink machine...
Anyway, I'll have this on pre-order, but figured there was no harm in writing a review on the episodes themselves for folks considering whether to get it or not.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have yet to watch a season of Archer that I didn't like and the first episode of this season gives a fun nod to bobs burgers!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Archer and the crew are at it once again . This show is such a guilty pleasure sometimes.Published 2 months ago by mark
It's even fresher than the previous three seasons.Published 4 months ago by The Artist Named Marcus
Its like the greatest show ever. if you dont like it then you are not cool. got it. not cool.Published 4 months ago by Paranoid56
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