For always burning through each season of Archer as it is released on Netflix Canada, I don’t think I’ve ever actually written anything about it.
Hands down, Archer is one of the funniest shows on television, always able to elicit some laughs with its perverted humour, or now classic and highly quotable running jokes. Who doesn’t a little bit of “Danger Zone,” or Archer himself reminding us of how you get ants.
The sixth season of the show, which follows in the footsteps of the less-than-stellar fifth season, Archer: Vice, does something that I never suspected the show would do: they move away from the running jokes. While there are several references to the use of the jokes, including Archer’s disdain that they aren’t using “Phrasing” any more, they are largely absent from the show for the entire season.
And it takes away from it all. Archer is so great because it creates something that provides the familiar for the die-hard viewer, as well as new jokes each episode. This is not to say that S6 is not funny anymore, but it definitely seems like something is missing. It still provides us with some very solid episodes, including the one where the gang is stuck in an elevator, and unable to escape.
Much of the story line revolves around Lana, and her having had Archer’s baby. This has added a new wrinkle to the story that doesn’t always work, and the kid seems to be an inconvenience to the plot in the same way Ross and Rachel’s baby was on the final years of Friends. It is just sort of there, mentioned now and then, and rarely adds to the humour.
As usual, all of the characters in the show are awesome, and they all have their specific moments to shine. The beauty of Archer is that it is not one person who is able to always provide the punchlines, but all of them. Each character brings something to the table, and this is continued through S6. There are still plenty of laughs, and they are provided by different characters throughout. This diversity simply adds to the entertainment of the show, as it doesn’t always have to be focused on Archer and his (mis)adventures as a spy.
Archer has often been a 1-2 sitting endeavor for me, and this season is no different. With a few 22-minute episodes to pour through, it takes very little time before you realize that another season has been completely eaten up, and that it will be about another year before the next one is released.
Well worth it, and despite the general end to the running jokes, Archer is still a damn funny show.