Archer - Season 7 Fixed
The seventh season of the animated television series, Archer, premiered on FX on March 31, 2016. It was originally planned to consist of 13 episodes; however, it was later changed to 10.
Archer - Season 7
Whether Archer was going to continue beyond season-7 was unknown during the writing process, leading show runner Adam Reed to write a season finale that could have served as a conclusion for the series or a cliffhanger heading into season-8.
While developing the season, the creative team took inspiration from Magnum, P.I. when writing the stories and they also used the series' location switch to change the series from the 1960s-aesthetic of prior seasons forward to 1970s-style, which included new clothing for the main characters.
The seventh season also marked the first time the show had a composer, J. G. Thirlwell, scoring the soundtrack for the season, a notable difference from previous seasons, in which only the opening and ending music themes were made by composers (Scott Sims and Mel Young, respectively), and the episodes used stock library music.
While the settings may have changed, the humor remained the same: verbose, witty and self-referential. Some time mid-way through season six it seemed like the show may have become too self-referential. Callback humor is great but at a certain point if a show has gone on too long, nearly every line can get to a point where its just referencing something else in-universe and lose perspective.
More importantly, the show is now marrying cleverness in its dialogue with cleverness of its plotlines. Archer has long been one of the smartest comedies on television. But when it got lazy, that cleverness was almost entirely verbal. Characters all seemed to share the same voice which and seemed in a contest to share the most obscure pop culture reference possible. Those hilariously obscure pop culture jokes are still the norm in season 7* but the speed of the plot has caught up to the speed of the jokes.
The most recent season of Archer finished in spectacular fashion. With the Archer robot exploding before the group, it seems that the Sterling Archer floating face-down in the pool may actually be the real one.
At Comic-Con today, Reed was joined by producer Casey Willis, H. Jon Benjamin, Jessica Walters, Aisha Tyler, Judy Greer, Chris Parnell, Amber Nash, and Lucky Yates on stage for the annual Archer presentation, and it took little time at all for him to announce that the series would be undergoing some very interesting changes for its next episodes. Asked by moderator Liz Shannon Miller what we could expect from the seventh season of the show, the showrunner explained,
Here's Archer season 7 episode 10's Sterlingbot explained. Archer is the brainchild of Sealab 2021's co-creator Adam Reed and follows a vain, alcoholic spy cut from a similiar cloth as the 1960s to 70s era James Bond. While the show occasionally sends Archer on dangerous missions to exotic locales, the bulk of it is really a sitcom centered around his interactions with his misfit teammates and mother Mallory, who is also his boss. The series became famous for its acidic wit and oddly likable collection of dysfunctional characters.
Archer has also played around it with its own formula over the years, with the fifth season Archer Vice seeing the crew trying - and mostly failing miserably - to make a big score selling drugs. Archer season 8 to 10 would prove somewhat divisive, with each taking place inside a coma dream within Archer's fragmented mind. This allowed it to parody genres like film noir or sci-fi, but many viewers missed the show's familiar formula. It was actually Archer season 7 episode 10 that placed the titular spy in the aforementioned coma, after being shot by actress Veronica Deane.
The previous episode saw the agency hired to work as bodyguards for Deane on her new movie, with the episode ending with director/Deane's ex-husband Ellis Crane murdered. Archer season 7 episode 10 "Deadly Velvet: Part II" reveals Deane killed Crane and planned to frame Lana while fleeing to Mexico with Archer. To get Deane to confess, Archer makes Krieger loan out Sterlingbot, a robotic copy the good doctor made for reasons unknown.
The Sterlingbot was introduced in season 7's "Liquid Lunch," which featured a subplot where Dr. Krieger made a bet he could hypnotize the entire office. Mallory proved particularly resistant to his attempts, so to win the bet he used a robotic copy of her to fool the others. The episode ends with the reveal he made copies of the entire office; Sterlingbot included. The latter half of Archer season 7 episode 10 sees Sterling and his bot double - who obviously get along very well - work out a plan to make Deane confess.
This doesn't go well as Deane shoots Archer three times and he falls into a pool - only for him to emerge from the bushes to confront her. Not learning any lessons, Deane also shoots this Archer before fleeing. Archer season 7 episode 10 ends with everyone gathered at the poolside as the wounded Archer explained what happens and clears Lana of Crane's murder, but as he kneels to propose, it's revealed he's the Sterlingbot. His declaration of love makes him short out, which is the same defect as all of Kreiger's robot creations. Of course, this also means the Archer laying facedown in the pool with three bullet holes is the real one, and the groundwork for the next three seasons was laid.
The documentary wasn't the only element on "Emerald Archer" that brought nostalgia either. For the first time in what feels like forever, Arrow brought back the old "villain of the episode" schtick the show did in its earlier seasons, and it was a breath of fresh air.
These last few seasons of Arrow brought on villains who overstay their welcome. Yes, Diaz, I'm looking at you. Yet, what made the show such a hit in the first place was the action-packed episodes that saw Oliver take down villain after villain one episode at a time.
A milestone episode could've been the moment where Arrow decided to introduce a new big bad that would torture Oliver for the rest of the season, but that would've been tired. Kymara's quick pop in was perfect for an episode filled with nostalgia.
Poor Curtis was almost completely absent for a number of episodes on Arrow Season 7 for this exact reason! Now, this reunion for Team Arrow finally puts to rest that issue as well as the whole hiding from the police story the shows been telling for nearly seven seasons now.
Last week Sterling Archer showed off his total mastery of laid-back-billionaire style. Who wouldn't want to dress like he's about to board a yacht for a quick business meeting, right?! But in Archer, season 7, episode 3, our favorite sartorial man of mystery made an about-face. He wore a tie.
The impersonator could easily be Roy or Dig, as they've both worn the Green Arrow suit many times before. But Rene seems genuinely confused as he picks up one of the arrows, so we can't rule out a brand new perp. It could even be this season's villain, Ricardo Diaz, who appears in the final moments of the trailer tormenting Felicity and Oliver's son, William (though that looks sort of like a dream sequence.)
This season will explore the Longbow Hunters, an organization led by Ricardo Diaz. The series already cast a few members of that group: Red Dart (played by Holly Eliss), Kodiak (played by Michael Jonsson), and The Silencer (played by Miranda Edwards). Not all were members of the Longbow Hunters in the comic books, though. Kodiak was in The Shield Clan of the Outsiders. The Silencer has ties to Talia al Ghul and the League of Assassins.
Once again, Archer is ready for something completely different. After the season 5 reboot Archer: Vice temporarily made Sterling Archer and his fellow bumbling spies into cocaine dealers, season 6 returned things to relative normalcy. The characters were once again spies, even if they were working for the CIA instead of their own private, unfortunately-named organization. But then the season finale left the gang back on their own, with Archer hinting he had an idea for a new revenue stream.
It may not be Game of Thrones' Jon Snow being stabbed to death by members of the Night's Watch, but the seventh season of Archer sure did end with a bloody cliffhanger. The final shot features the titular secret agent Sterling Archer (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin), floating in a pool, blood pouring out of his body from several bullet holes.
But, whether it's a comedy or a drama series, a cliffhanger is a cliffhanger, and eager fans will want to know the fate of the snarky spy. However, the producers of Archer admit they intentionally left the finale open-ended, as the series has yet to be renewed for an eighth season by FX.
In any event, make sure you finish up the 10 episodes of season 7 in time for the season 8 premiere on FXX on Wednesday, April 15. And with Archer moving from FX to FXX, make sure you adjust your DVR settings if you have a series recording set.
Season Seven isn't the Miami Vice backdrop of Season Five, but it does put the characters into a new setting without completely letting go of past associations with their spy agency or in the case of Season Six, the CIA. Archer (H. Jon Benjamin, Bob's Burgers) works for a private detective agency headed by Cyril (Chris Parnell, 21 Jump Street), with Archer's mother Mallory (Jessica Walter, Arrested Development), his possible kind of wife Lana (Aisha Tyler, Balls of Fury) accompanying him. Don't worry, Pam (Amber Nash Cheryl (Judy Greer, Jurassic World), Ray (series creator Adam Reed) and Krieger (Lucky Yates) come along for the ride. Instead of working in New York, the group is centered in Los Angeles this time. The season focuses on a Hollywood starlet who first hires the Agency to retrieve a disc with sensitive information on it, then the Agency has to protect the starlet from threats by outsiders.
The ten-episode seventh season of Archer is spread over two discs with the results looking vibrant for an animated project. Colors are reproduced well with little in terms of saturation or distortion problems. Looks good, not jaw-dropping when considering the source material. 041b061a72