Thursday, May 25, 2017

TV Show Review: Archer (Season 8: Dreamland)

The comedic cartoon series about the hard-drinking and wild shooting secret agent jumps back into a different era for its eighth season of FXX. Archer (H. Jon Benjamin) is in a coma and experiences a strong dream that transports him back to 1949. He's a hard-drinking private detective who is still coping with PTSD after the World War II. The investigation of his partner Woodhouse's murder brings him to the nightclub dreamland owned by Mother (Jessica Walter). He falls for the singer Lana Kane (Aisha Tyler) and is unaware of the secret experiments going on beneath conducted by Doctor Krieger (Lucky Yates). 

Archer become ensnared in a strange circumstance where a wealthy heiress Cheryl Tunt (Judy Greer) wants to fake her kidnapping and it is investigated by two detectives Pam Poovey (Amber Nash) and Cyril Figgis (Chris Parnell). With the gang all in different roles, they maneuver around Los Angeles scheming and stealing from one another. Krieger's experiment on Dutch (Dave Willis) get out of control and the cyborg becomes a wild killing machine after being injured by Archer. Lana's band including Ray Gillette (Adam Reed), Cliff (Wyatt Cenac), Floyd (Keegan Michael-Key) and Verl (Wendell Pierce) are constantly getting into to trouble and wind up in prison.

Archer also finds himself on the wrong side of Len Trexler (Jeffrey Tambor) and winds up being hunted and jailed with the band. The fake kidnapping forces Archer to convince Cecil Tunt (Eugene Mirman) to pay for his relative Cheryl though the rich man seems more careless of his relative than worried. The ransom money gets involved and the two detectives, Figgis and Poovey, try to obtain it for their own but Lana reveals that she is an agent of the Secret Service. 

The finale leads the whole crew back to Dreamland where Mother's monstrous henchman faces of against Krieger's experiment Dutch and Archer tries to figure out who killed his partner. Cheryl just wants to eat toast while everyone else is trying not to get shot. There is a strange ending and nothing really wraps up from Archer's main storyline. Lana ends up getting shot by Poovey because she can't handle the hair trigger on Archer's gun so Archer is left lonely and wandering through LA, trying to figure out what all this means.

Archer is always worth a few good laughs but this season wasn't so impressive. I love this show and will watch the characters in any sort of situations but Archer has hit some high points that are hard to match and this season, though new and interesting, just doesn't compare. I think Greer's Tunt is one of my favorites along with Nash's Poovey. H. Jon Benjamin's voice is great as Archer and the immature humor is perfect for me. I look forward to plenty more season to come of this great cartoon. 

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