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'Archer' - 'Skytanic' Recap

by Annie Wu, posted Feb 19th 2010 2:25PM
In this kind of, sort of action-packed episode of 'Archer,' the screwed-up relationships between characters really picked up speed. Drama is always heightened when you're stuck with your ex and your unfaithful current beau in a ticking time bomb of a blimp -- er, rigid airship.

It will be interesting to see how much longer they can go on without addressing Cyril's affair with Cheryl/Carol/what's-her-face. The show is only set to run for ten episodes, so it's not unimaginable that they could leave the big reveal for the final episode. And we can assume it will be big because we all saw what Lana did even when Archer and Cyril were just training together.

The Excelsior promo was fantastic in all its mid-century cheesy glory. It did further confuse me as to the 'Archer' time period though. Obviously this ad was meant to be new but it looked super-60s, but the pop culture references through the series are occasionally from the naughts (I must refer to "the Dane Cook of martial arts"). Of course, the entire world surrounding this animated series is ridiculous enough that the continuity regarding the time period isn't a huge issue and actually becomes a bit of a joke itself. I can dig it.

Everything about that cruise ship in the sky was great as well, including the evil-looking Lt. Kraus, who turned out to be a pretty cool guy who got his scary scar after saving a Jewish girl from a gang of skinheads ("So Kraus gets a curb party!"). Archer's perpetual inability to grasp the safety of helium was a testament to the show's oddly specific choice of recurring jokes. Elements! Hilarious.

Other notes from the episode:

Had the previous scenes between Cyril and Cheryl not been permanently burned into my brain, Cyril and Lana's brief moment of togetherness could have been sweet. I did, however, appreciate them deciding to talk about their relationship "right after we shove this huge bomb off the blimp." Thumbs up. "Hooray for metaphors!"

If I may apply some logic to an animated show, why would the Commander decide to execute his bomb plot during the one trip that has a phony bomb threat and a crew of ISIS agents on board?

An already classic conversation between Lana and Archer:
Lana: Cyril is already freaked out enough about us sharing this shoebox without you air-drying your unkempt bush.
Archer: Unkempt bush!? You're one to talk.
Lana: My vulva is a smoother than a veal cutlet!

The absolute best scene in the entire episode, though, featured the return of the flamboyant Agent Gillette, guiding Lana and Archer through the process of diffusing a bomb. Really solid, rapid-fire dialogue. Both the instructions regarding the blue-and-white wires and the "B as in 'Butthole' and M as in 'Mancy'" reveal were hysterical; I can't tell which one I enjoyed more.

And, of course... "Danger Zone" count: 1.

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micr toner

Are there any news for any new episodes or it will end that way? I want to see more :D


May 06 2010 at 12:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jonathan C

disarming the bomb was my favorite scene of the entire season so far. every archer and helium joke, oh wow, "Lana you'll kill us all!"

February 20 2010 at 1:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Every time I hear "DangaaaZoone" from Archer, I die laughing. The show is great and I really hope John Landgraf keeps it around. FX is becoming a formidable competitor to network TV even as it loses (Nip/Tuck), or lost (The Shield) some of its stalwart programming. Archer, SoA, Always Sunny and the League are all great shows and hopefully Justified will follow suit.

February 19 2010 at 9:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gordon Werner

it's a shame that season 1 is only 10 episodes long ... I really hope that FX orders more episodes (if they haven't already)

February 19 2010 at 3:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rex from Ars

"Nice read, Thelma!"

February 19 2010 at 2:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Rex from Ars's comment

Best line of the night.

February 19 2010 at 3:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That would be "Velma," you know, as in Scooby-Doo.

February 19 2010 at 10:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"Archer" is so great. If this show was on Cartoon Network I'd probobly never have watched, but since its on FX and I've been seeing the promos for it and I caught it and am so glad I did. This show makes me laugh out loud in a way I haven't done with a comedy series for quite some time. Is this really only set to run for one season?

February 19 2010 at 2:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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