Archer 2.10 “El Secuestro” Review

One of my favorite things about Lost was getting to know each character in fairly intimate detail. The character-centric background scenes (except for Kate. Eugh) in the first two seasons were always way more interesting to me than polar bears or whispers in the jungle. We weren’t treated to significant flashbacks for Cheryl or Pam, but the writers of Archer found a great way to expand on ISIS’ most emotionally unstable employees (though Pam is pretty stable physically, like a brick wall).

ISIS goes into full alert after Pam is kidnapped. They’re not overly concerned about Pam, but Pam’s kidnappers thought she was Cheryl, who, as it turns out, is worth around $1 billion.

The plot for this episode was fairly simple compared to previous ones. There are no real side-plots and nothing to tie up in a neat little bow at the end. In fact, aside from the breast cancer story line, this episode ended on more of a cliffhanger than most others. That ending is uniquely Archer, with Pam, topless, about to knock out Mallory. On top of that, her back is tattooed with a verse from Lord Byron’s “The Destruction of Sennacherib.” Show runner has said in interviews that he’s a frustrated former English major and loves when people get the subtle literary references in his show. I usually have to Google them. Pam also has tally marks on her back, which I assume represent the number of people she’d killed fighting in basement bare-knuckle boxing matches to pay her way through college.

Cheryl, whose crazy has been escalated to an almost extreme, seems almost justified in her maladjusted-ness. She’s a billionaire heiress who owns an ocelot and drinks glue (though that last one sounds like her problem). Humor involving insane rich people just no getting it is usually pretty funny, and if anyone can pull it off, it’s Adam Reed and Pam Greer.

Quickly becoming the funniest recurring joke is Brett getting shot on accident. In this week’s episode, Cyril shoots him almost immediately after he’s handed a gun. I don’t know what the problem is with ISIS and gun safety but there appears to be none, even in the office.

What’s great about a show like Archer is that it’s actually engaging. It’s not nearly as funny if you’re not paying attention. Far too few comedies underestimate the value of subtle humor. You’d think that people wouldn’t want their intelligence insulted by constantly being pummeled by the dreaded laugh-track, but Nielsen ratings beg to differ. I’m just glad Archer was renewed for a third season, with the more episodes. FX certainly know what they’re doing with their programming department as of late … except for, you know, the whole Two and a Half Men syndication thing. Don’t know what that’s all about.

4 Comments

  1. Scott April 1, 2011
  2. Ian McDonald April 1, 2011
  3. Thomas April 1, 2011
  4. Plibo Baggins April 2, 2011

Add Comment

American Horror Story BMF Cobra Kai Dexter Hawkeye Heels Money Heist Ozark Shark Tank Squid Game Stranger Things Succession Ted Lasso The Mandalorian
Why The WWE Cruiserweight Division From The Beginning
Meet The Cast Of “Daisy Jones and The Six”
Let’s Talk About the Sandman Teaser Trailer
Action Adventure Comedy Documentary Drama Fantasy Horror Movie Lists Mystery Romance Sci-Fi Thriller
Five Movies To Watch When You’re Done With “Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers”
Was A Sequel To 21 Jump Street Necessary?
General Grievous Was Almost Played By Gary Oldman
Comics Lists News Things You Didn't Know Whatever Happened To
10 Things You Didn’t Know about Nick Adams
The New Mutants Needs a Reboot
10 Things You Didn’t Know about Matilda Lawler
Revisiting Netflix’s Devilman Crybaby
Is It Time To Put An End To The Pokemon Anime?
crunchyroll funimation merger sony
Funimation Content Moving to Crunchyroll
Characters On The Legend Of Korra That Deserve A Spin-off
Duke Nukem Is Finally Getting The Movie Treatment
Guy Uses Colonist IO to Propose to Girlfriend
Hogwarts Legacy Takes Us Right Into The Wizarding World
Fortnite turned Jokes into content
How Fortnite Turned Jokes Into Content