The best season yet! Our favorite cast is back in the usual world of danger that Archer thrives. This time it's a remote Pacific island packed with angry lizards, German soldiers, ineffective French police, and an evil entrepreneur. The setting provides for some of the best animated art this series has yet to provide. Hey, if you didn't like Archer as a PI in the 1950s, try him out as a prewar PTSD pilot. Note: Pam and The Parrott get lots of the good lines.
It's like getting caught up in the Pirates of the Caribbean thing... Jack Sparrow was a character but Johnny Depp made that character work out well. The writing is different, I keep supporting them, I always get some of my best laughs over Archer himself and how he just cluelessly drops his comments/observations right into the scene. And his logic - Archer Logic. It even has pieces of that precious 'guy logic' "Looks like a duck, walks like a duck, talks like a duck....[Voice Raises] Well, I don't know???? [pause] Maybe it's a DUCK !!!
I've always been a huge fan of Archer, and I've been watching faithfully since the first season. I really enjoyed getting to know each character throughout the first seven seasons, and while I did miss the original spy agency, I thought their wild shenanigans as freelance agents and drug dealers were very entertaining. Even in season 8, when the characters weren't exactly the same, I thought the idea for the season was clever and funny because we got to see a twisted version of all the characters from Archers perspective. I thought the idea that Archer's subconscious mind saw Pam as a man was perfect, and the rest of the characters were similar enough the their real personalities that they still felt familiar. This season however, seems tired. I like to watch this show because I think the characters are hilarious, but none of the characters are themselves anymore. The jokes seem almost half-assed to me now, and when there are jokes made about past events they fall flat due to the fact that the past of this timeline wasn't in the show. In the past when Pam would make a joke about Cyril screwing Cheryl on the blimp, it was funny because we could then remember that episode and remember how funny that situation was. But now, when Pam makes a quick joke about Archer shitting himself for instance, it's not as funny because it just seems random and we didn't witness it happening, so there's no context for it. I will continue to watch because I love this show, I just really hope it improves from here
The only reason it's enjoyable is because of the characters we've grown to love.
The only one's who are trying anymore are the voice actors.... Even the animators have phoned it in with stock explosions.
Coherency has gone missing -- in episode 4. Archer's plane pulls UP almost vertically in one shot, THEN he reacts to the firing that made him pull up, THEN we get the action shot of him pulling up... (mixed up order of what we should have seen). Then, in the next shot, Pam shoots at the underside of the tailing aircraft. Ya'll are now above the tailing aircraft and shooting at it from below? Thanks for confusing everyone with your lack of effort in continuity and directing. [only reason I bring this up is because I had to watch the scene 7 times to figure out wtf was going on. It's confusing because of the lack of coherent direction, and that is unlike the other seasons. In fact, it was one of the strengths... now gone.]
50% of the women characters are now having sex for monetary benefit - directly and conspicuously.
I hate to hate this show, because I love the first 2 seasons and a few of the other episodes. But now I watch it masochistically (non sexual).
I have to give it five stars to spite the people who are giving it one star with an explanation of something like "I hate things that are different" or even worse: "I'm not excited about this season even though I haven't watched it yet." Lighten up, jeez.
The fact Amazon even allows reviews of a season that only has two episodes released is pretty dumb. The first two episodes were entertaining enough. Recall that this is a cartoon about a fifth of the way into its ninth season. You're going to give it one star because it's a period piece? The entire series is based solely on banter, cast chemistry, and Jon Benjamin's deadpan voice. What the show is actually about barely matters.
An actual critique I have of buying a season pass on Amazon: apparently you can't watch the episode as soon as its been released on FX. This is slightly irritating, and I have been unable to figure out exactly when new episodes become viewable. Serves me right for trying to pay to support a show I enjoy.
This doesn't feel like Archer, but a series that has run out of ideas and is just spinning its wheels. But I will give writer Adam Reed a ton of credit. Without blatantly admitting that he's out of ideas for the spy agency and espionage antics, he's retooled the series into something much different and fresh. Umm...again. If you're a fan of Archer, the world's "greatest" spy, and have been eagerly waiting since season 4 for a proper continuation of that character, this season is not for you. It's time to just admit it; the series is done. Instead, we're getting what seem to be exploratory stories, where the writing goes to different locales and characters with expedited transition, turning the unresolved Archer story into an anthology of the fantasies he has of his life and his coworkers. Fundamentally it works, and if you're just in it for the Adam Reed brand of humor, you'll enjoy it. It's like watching a whole new show with the same "cast" and personalities all playing different characters. But if you were put off by the last season completely abandoning the seven seasons of plot established beforehand, ending on a cliffhanger that again is left completely forgotten, looks like you'll have to sit out for yet another year.