Sunday, June 9, 2013

Program Review: Archer, Season 2

The show Archer, now in it's fourth season, continues to be one of FX's popular shows.  Season 3 is available on DVD, which I bought when it was released, but I haven't watched it yet.
I just finished watching Season 2 and most of the extras last night.  So if you're a latecomer, like me, this review is for you. 
If you are new to the Archer TV series, (this Wikipedia link contains plot-spoilers), it's best to start with Season 1.  Not every episode takes off where the previous one ended; however, there's enough of a story arc, that may seem confusing for anyone who hasn't watched the show from the beginning. 
Season 2 maintained the same raunchy, morbid humor, along with the over-the-top graphic violence the first season did.
Some folks on thought there was a slight dip in quality, due to the repetitiveness of the jokes and gags, which made the idea of re-watching an episode less-than appealing. 
Most reviewers, however, were pleased with the show, as 152 gave it a 5-star rating. 
But was Season 2 as hilarious as the first season? 
I'm not so sure, because what I found most interesting was the character development.  In this season, some of the episodes delved into the backstories of other ISIS members.  Two of this wacky crew, Woodhouse and Cheryl, even had entire episodes devoted to them.  And fans clamoring to learn more about the other characters as well.
Most of the extras on this set are enjoyable to watch.  There's an "interview" with Archer, along with a shout-out-gone-wrong to soldiers serving in Afghanistan; a dream-within a dream, where the image of the actual voice-actor, H. Jon Benjamin is used instead of Sterling Archer; and a panel discussion with some of the actors at the 2011 San Diego Comi-Con
The one extra that can be skipped is the "Archersaurus: Road to Extinction."  This is another dinosaur-substituting-for-Archer episode that, to the best of my knowledge, didn't air.  As a parody-of-a-parody, it doesn't work and is completely annoying. 
Speaking of annoying, the few 1-star raters complained mostly about the quality of the DVD they purchased.  So be sure to order your copy from a reputable company, or store.
One final note:  Even though this is an animated series, it's DEFINATELY not for kids.
As for me, it's on to watching Season 3!

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