Archer is an animated adult spy series that premiered on FX in September 2009. The series satirizes other spy movies and television shows and introduces a clever mix of parody and madness to the genre.
Sterling Archer, a foreign spy, and seven other dysfunctional secret agents are being followed this season (as is Archer). Sterling is a stereotypically selfish womanizer who is way too self-centered for his own good.
Mallory Archer, his mom (and boss), Lana Kane, Cyril Figgis, Cheryl Tunt, Pam Poovey, Ray Gillette, and Dr. Algernop Krieger are among his agents. The Foreign Secret Intelligence Service, or ISIS, is responsible for this group of agents.
Archer and his supporting cast have appeared in a noir-style crime story, a meaty adventure series and a space adventure set in the distant future, among others. The characters reflected their previous incarnations in some cases, but not always. It allowed Reed and his staff to create essentially all-new shows, while retaining Archer’s talented voices and dedicated fan base.
However, some in that loyal fan base became increasingly disappointed with the lack of answers about what happened to the ‘real’ Archer and his comrades, and so Archer woke up from his coma at the end of Season 10 and returned to the world . he (and the audience) had known it before.
It’s no coincidence that Archer’s return to the show’s old format coincides with Reed’s departure from the show, despite his endorsement of the new direction. While Reed wrote or co-wrote every episode in previous seasons, he only wrote about a third of season 10 and only one episode in the new season.
This gives the impression that the show is reverting to the previous formula, that is, imitating Reed’s signature accent, rather than trying something different.
Plot-wise, the show returns to episodic espionage operations, with a Bloodsport-esque underground martial arts tournament and a stabbing operation to catch an art thief as one of the highlights.
Some long-running characters make cameo appearances, and there are many references to long-running jokes. The show has always excelled at nuanced puns and this season’s writers continue the tradition, which the voice actors perform flawlessly.
Jamie Lee Curtis, Bowen Yang and Stephen Tobolowsky all appear as guest voices in the first four episodes, adding spice to their performances. The animation, which has evolved over time, is immersive without losing the simplicity of the character design, and there are some impressively crafted set pieces.
Holy Heck just realized that Archer season 11 ended in October and was renewed for season 12. I’m 5 seasons behind.
– William (@WilllliamH) March 20, 2021
“This series has received positive reviews from critics and viewers alike and has won three Primetime Emmys and four Critics Choice Awards.
Archer S11 is now available to stream on Netflix with English subtitles, with a release date of December 4, 2020.