ARCHER “Heart of Archness” Review

Archer (FX) "Heart of Archness"

ARCHER “Heart of Archness” Season 3 Episode 1 – Sterling Archer, that super awesome, super cool, super amazing super spy blasts back onto FX for three episodes of ARCHER, beginning with “Heart of Archness”. Picking up three months after Archer’s disastrous wedding – well, almost wedding, the bride was murdered by bionic Barry – the super awesome spy is missing and his coworkers at ISIS have been unable to locate him despite their sort of exhaustive efforts. In desperation, ISIS head and Sterling’s mother, Mallory, hires a man hunter—Rip Riley—who, of course, finds Archer almost immediately and sets out to retrieve him.

Like it’s that easy, right?

Rip underestimates his prey, and Archer gets control of the plane. Which, as expected, goes really well, especially with his grasp of concepts like autopilot. Archer seems to think that the autopilot should have refueled the plane as well as kept it on course. Sadly, it didn’t. And back at ISIS things are going just as well. When Archer and Riley end up in the middle of the Pacific, Mallory gets a little frustrated and sends a team out to rescue them.

Like it’s that easy, right?

Archer has come back every bit as brilliant as it left at the end of last season. When I watched the first few episodes of season two, I wasn’t so sure about it, but the more I watched, the more I knew this was something just, well, awesome. The writing is tight, fast and witty, honestly witty, and that just doesn’t happen very often anymore. Sure, it’s occasionally crude, and there is enough innuendo to make even the most hardened viewer blink once or twice. But that’s the charm of Archer. It’s an animated show, but it has a sense of reality that gives it something that many animated shows are lacking. When it does go over the top, it has an edge that makes it watchable and enjoyable and like fine wine, (or excuse me, Sterling) single malt Scotch, that just gets better with age. Archer is one of those shows I really recommend watching twice, or even three times. There is just so much there, each viewing will give you a little more. Really.

Of course, now I have to wait an entire week to find out what’s coming. Archer has served up an ending that, even for Sterling, was even more super awesome than usual. A pirate fortress in the middle of the Pacific and Sterling Archer? Is he the prisoner? Of course not, this is Archer after all, and after having to nearly kill everyone himself, he is now their Pirate King. Oh, yeah, Archer is just getting better, and I will be right here next week waiting to see what his new found power will bring. Who’s with me?

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