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TV Series Review

Imagine for a moment James Bond in all his suave, chiseled, tux-wearing, gadget-brandishing glory.

Now imagine that 007 has been captured by Ernst Blofeld (that evil, cat-stroking mastermind of Specter) and has been chained to a gurney, with a massive, Plasticine ray gun pointed at his forehead.

"You expect me to talk?" Bond says.

"No, Mr. Bond," Blofeld says. "I expect you to stupefy!"

(You see, the fearsome ray gun is, in fact, a patented stupefying laser—one that, when flipped on, leeches from the victim at least 75 IQ points right along with most of whatever other redeeming qualities he might also possess.)

And then Blofeld flips the switch. "BREEEEEEEEEE—" goes the stupefying laser, at a sound range between scratching on a blackboard and crunching up Styrofoam. Two hours later, Blofeld turns off the laser and releases the superspy. Bond staggers around for a time before, finally, stumbling onto the FX (animated division) back lot. He's promptly given a job.

So might conceivably run the origin story of Sterling Archer, the titular character on FX's crass, crazy, animated comedy. It's espionage as envisioned by Judd Apatow—globe-trotting do-gooding without the hindrance of actually doing good.

A Very Vacuous Bond

Archer is employed by the International Secret Intelligence Service (or ISIS), an outfit normally located in the Bahamas by his conniving, boozy mother. But in Season 10, alternatively called Archer: 1999, the ISIS team has left their pseudo-paradise to peruse the final frontier: space. And it turns out that there are just as many morality issues there as there are on land.

You see, Archer’s not that keen to save innocent civilians or to protect the free wor--, um, galaxy. But he does like the typical spy perks: well-tailored tuxes, futuristic gadgets, bottomless bottles of liquor and, of course, the never-ending parade of buxom women who fall under his sway.

This makes things awkward for the ISIS team, given that Archer's ex-wife Lana Kane works there too. It's not hard to see why the two might've divorced, even though they still hook up occasionally: Lana is an oatmeal island of sanity in this bowl full of milky folly—perhaps the only ISIS employee who didn't have half her brain excised before getting hired.

Certainly her fellow cohorts are of dubious help. Cyril, Lana’s sometimes lover and the agency's comptroller, seems to have a number of serious and often embarrassing phobias. Pam, the bi-sexual former head of human resources, uses various drugs, drinks like a fish and directs "amateur tentacle porn." Ray, an openly gay intelligence analyst, tries to find where his true passions lie. Team manager Cheryl is a sadomasochist who sets fires and freely shares her disturbing, dark thoughts. And we haven't yet talked about Mr. Doctor Algernop—ISIS' version of Q—who designs gadgets mostly to fuel his own sexual fetishes.

Archer is slick, self-aware and perhaps as morally vacuous a show as any on the telly today. Its animation recalls Johnny Quest, its style echoes the early Bond movies. Its sense of humor? Well, that's both zany and foul— The Simpsons without heart, South Park without the satirical commentary, Bob's Burgers without the relative restraint and with about 6 gazillion more swear words. It's a stew of office humor, spy spoofiness, drug use and inappropriate sex jokes. It's the sort of show the real James Bond (given his penchant for high culture and sly, veiled asides) would find almost criminal.

Which makes me wonder, perhaps, in a bizarre circle of illogic, whether Blofeld's stupefying machine might've actually been powered by Archer episodes.

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Episode Reviews

June 12, 2019: "The Leftovers"
Archer: 3-28-2013



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Voices of H. Jon Benjamin as Sterling Archer; Aisha Tyler as Lana Kane; Judy Greer as Cheryl Tunt; Amber Nash as Pam Poovey; Chris Parnell as Cyril Figgis; Jessica Walter as Malory Archer; Adam Reed as Ray Gillette; Lucky Yates as Doctor Krieger






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