When describing Archer, it seems impossible not to include the word “spies”. After all, the show follows Sterling Archer (Code name: Duchess), the self-proclaimed “World’s Most Dangerous Spy”, and the rest of the personnel of ISIS, Archer’s mother’s spy agency. For four seasons, we have watched Archer and the people he works with perform various tasks in various countries for various rewards, and while they were often terrible at their jobs, we never really questioned it. This is a cartoon comedy. It may be incredibly smart and well-crafted, but there doesn’t need to be an explanation for why ISIS can still exist despite all the mishaps that happen because of the idiocy of its employees. Archer would still be successful if it continued to rely on its original premise, as long as the writing continued to be creative and hilarious, and as long as the characters stayed consistent with who they’ve each become.
Adam Reed, the series’ creator, wasn’t content with simply having a successful show. He wasn’t even content with having a successful show that is also one of the most simultaneously outrageous and ingenious shows on television. Adam Reed decided that he was sick of the show taking place at a spy agency, so he blew the entire premise up. Keep reading ›