'Archer Danger Island: The Complete Season Nine'
(Animation / DVD / NR / 2019 / 20th Century Fox)
Overview: Archer: Danger Island is an animated, half-hour comedy that centers on the semi-functioning alcoholic seaplane pilot, Sterling Archer, a lush on the lush South Pacific island of Mitimotu in 1939.
DVD Verdict: I have to say that I and some of my dearest friends have followed Archer since day one and have loved it thereafter.
It's not perfect, it's not always spot on, but it works - and that, for us, in enough to ensure a great nights viewing each and every time.
That all said, this ninth curve ball season has raised some eyebrows re: it was not the favorite of myself or my friends, sadly.
Trust me though, the show is still very thoughtful, extremely well-written, and just as funny as always, but it's pace seems to changed.
Indeed, the dialog moves at a breakneck pace now which means the viewer will definitely need repeated views to catch all the aspects of the contained humor therein.
For those catching up, while the rest of the world is concerned about the impending Second World War, Archer is only concerned with who's buying his next drink.
Along with his trusty co-pilot Pam, Sterling must navigate quicksand, cannibals, super-intelligent monkeys, poison darts, pirates, and did we mention quicksand?
Welcome to the mysterious and deadly world contained within all 8 season nine episodes of 'Archer: Danger Island'!
For me, personally, I loved this whole unfamiliar setting with some character reboots thrown in for good measure! This time it's somewhere in French Polynesia just before WWII (where Cyril is a Nazi, but for some reason the more obvious candidate Krieger is ... a macaw!)
As aforementioned, the change of setting works for me, and so too the pace as the last few seasons haven't delivered the crackling wit of earlier seasons.
That all said, and this time set on a remote Pacific island packed with angry lizards, German soldiers, ineffective French police, and an evil entrepreneur, Archer's new setting provides for some of the best animated art this series has yet to provide.
But, and playing Devil's Advocate here, I suspect that’s going to be the final straw for a fair chunk of Archer’s remaining viewers; the last absurd change to a once-winning formula that Reed has been tweaking relentlessly for far longer than he ever stuck to the old “spy parody” logline the show was originally sold with.
In closing, the redefinitions this season are some of the best we’ve seen from Archer as it has continued to evolve. While each of the characters from the show is still brought to screen, their alternate versions are exciting, to say the least.
Hey, if you didn't like Archer as a PI in the 1950's, try him out as a pre-war PTSD pilot. FYI: Pam and The Parrott get lots of the good lines! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Inside Look: Making Archer
Crackers' Costumed Playings