I enjoy Archer, though I do lament the path to "something different" almost each year. The writing and voices of this show are great, and they usually pack twice the fun as most other half-hour comedies. This year's season-long "Dreamland," sets Archer into a post-war 40's setting, with Archer as a private detective looking to solve the death of his partner (Woodhouse). To be fair, the story is interesting and the elements of humor the characterize Archer are there, but it just isn't Archer anymore. The character dynamics are almost completely off, losing most of the steam and all of the storyline that has built up for the last seasons. I could have accepted it and enjoyed it I think much more if this format was used as a three-episode story arc for a season finale. The animation was top notch as always. I hope the next season returns to more classic (formula?) Archer.
These episodes are an extension of the original, except that the plot is changed, using the excuse that Archer is in a coma and is imagining/dreaming of this (not that anyone dreams while in a coma). Here, Archer is a (1947) private eye trying to solve the murder of his partner, Wodehouse. The rest of the gang is here and have their respectively changed roles. Even Barry is here where he is, again, a cyborg. Oh, and Archer's mother is . . . Mother, head of a small criminal outfit.
Not as funny as the original, but it's a fix for the Archer addicts.
I'm a huge fan of the Archer Franchise. So far, I'm loving the story and how it is already starting the season with another major plot twist. It's great that the writers are incorporating the idea that a lot coma patients are able to record what's being said by their love ones. I'm thrilled that a lot of the old characters are being brought back into the picture. I'm waiting to understand how they will describe Archer's PTSD. Of course I love the twisted relationship of Sterling and Lana, so let's see what his subconscious states about them. Happy watching everyone!