Another season passes and still Archer remains the same.
To be fair, this season does have its share of fun episodes, like the Bob’s Burgers crossover by dint of Archer and Bob sharing the same, versatile voice actor (H Jon Benjamin), or the episode featuring a epithet-spewing celebrity chef in the style of American-TV Gordon Ramsay but voiced by Anthony Bourdain (RIP). But the Archer formula continues to bear fruit, churning out episode after episode where the characters rely on well-established patterns of dialogue, action and mutual abuse. One might even admire the series for maintaining such a consistent level of quality for four seasons – in the unflagging sharpness of its writing and the tautness and brazen misantrophism of its storytelling.
Over the past couple of seasons, though, the penultimate and last episodes usually culminate in a slightly bigger and more serious saga that does see Archer acting in a way that isn’t selfish or narcissistic for once – but it doesn’t last – hes’ back to his old self at the start of the next season.
By its 4th season, Archer has clearly built a pretty solid niche in television as that show that never fails to deliver, as long as what is delivered is what is desired. Personally, I find it very tolerable watching as long as I don’t expect too much from it.
I give this: 3.5 out of 5 hydrogen bombs