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Archer - Season 9: Danger Island


#101

YES! Len Trexler! Non-cyborg Barry!

And, uh, white Lana?


#102

#103

Archer is back tonight… off to watch it.


#104

I thought the ratatat of noir dialogue really lent itself to Archers style of humor. The inclusion of WWII PTSD was an interesting addition. Overall I thought this was a great start and a better move than Archer PI.


#105

Yeah, I really enjoyed that. I was kinda surprised there was any sort of framing device showing Archer in the “real” world, but the reimagining of the cast inside Archer’s dream worked very well, and as @Rory noted, the PTSD bits were really well done.

That was Dafydd from the Welsh episode as the heavy in Dreamland, wasn’t it?


#106

I thought it was very well done, but it could have been funnier.


#107

I’ll forgive a general lack of gags for Archer doing a Woodhouse impression one last time.


#108

That was my issue, too. A lot went into setting up the season at the expense of jokes.


#109

Oh, and I’m not seeing things, am I? They have lightened Lana’s skin in the dream world?


#110

No they definitely have.

I presume it’s for reasons of historical accuracy (as black lounge singers in 1947 were only common in Jazz clubs, which tended to be mostly black anyway - Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald are probably the few exceptions that prove the rule). That said, there’s no real reason to go for historical accuracy, given it’s all just a coma dream .


#111

I can’t wait for Archer to wake up and explain to Lana that she was white in the dream. Bound to happen, right?


#112

Yeah - I think they’re setting up joke.


#113

besides being white, did anyone else think Lana’s hands were smaller in the dream too?:grin:


#114

The AV club review of the episode noted that dream-Pam is only ever called Poovey, and there’s some ambiguity as to whether she’s actually a woman (or if she’s a woman pretending to be a man) - Archer saying “damnit Poovey, I’ll kick you right in the -genitals”, for example. It could be that the dream versions of Archer’s closest friends are more a reflection of how he sees them? Pam’s gone from being a fuck buddy to his best friend - her gender is less important to him now, and his vision of a lighter skinned Lana may be related to the time he called her a Quadroon, with the implications that has towards his vision of heritage.


#115

I more or less assumed this was the case.

It’s also worth noting that Malory is in a position as both his boss and “mother”, but is competent and less cruel.

Krieger is a drug dealer and Figgis is in a position of authority over Archer, but an undeserved one.

Of course, that’s just inferences drawn from the first episode and nothing concrete - but the series might present an interesting opportunity for psychoanalysing the main character.


#116

I don’t think he called her a quadroon; he said their kid would be one.

I’m guessing they’re going for a Devil in a Blue Dress thing with Lana, with her passing as white.


#117

(Ray called AJ an Octaroon when she was born)

Although, also Lana is much lighter skinned in that clip than she would be later in the show.


#118

Thus far, I give this series a 4


#119

Out of 5?


#120

Sure