Archer 2.11 “Jeu Monegasque” Review

Archer 2.11 “Jeu Monegasque” ReviewFirst off, I apologize for the delay with this one. I don’t know if there are folks who read my reviews regularly, but sorry. It won’t happen again. And thanks for reading.

Season two of Archer has been on a much grander scale. The staff at ISIS have done much more jet-setting, including a trip to Monaco during the Grand Prix.

Malory, Lana, Ray and Archer are in Monaco to pay off Le Chuffre, who is attempting to extort Malory for a disc containing sensitive material. While staying at the hotel, Archer manages to foolishly gamble away the $4 million in bearer bonds (the money came from ISIS 401Ks) which were to be used for the exchange with Le Chuffre.

Without a doubt, “Jeu Monegasque” was the most James Bond-esque episode of the entire series. The villain’s name is Le Chuffre (much like Le Chiffre from Casino Royale) and the climax of the episode is an amazing car chase through Monaco, ending in a car flying into a helicopter. As Archer would say, that was so totally ninja.

Another success of the episode is the further development of Archer and Ray as a team. They don’t get along as well as most other pairs and their constant bickering is just classically hilarious. Ray is the only agent that has comebacks strong enough to stand up to Archer’s and Malory’s jabs.

Archer has surpassed my expectations for this season and there are two episodes left. Who’s excited for what’s next, especially now that season three has been announced? Who prefers the first season? Who thinks Archer is too edgy and that I should watch something like Mike and Molly? I would prefer not to.

Bartelby the Scrivener? Anybody? Not a big Melville crowd here, huh? He’s not an easy read.

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