The Decline and Fall of Archer May 9, 2014Posted by geoff in News.
My son and I had been looking forward to Season 5 of Archer for a year, but we decided to hold off watching it until the entire season was available online. At long last our wait was over, so we bought the season at Amazon and dove in.
And were immediately disappointed.
Without spoiling everything, let’s just say that this season’s involved a change of direction that left every episode laboring under a huge moral cloud. That took the fun out of everything.
And that change of direction, prompted by the show’s writer/creator’s tiring of the old spy format, was completely unsuccessful in reviving his creative juices. Pretty much the same jokes repeated ad nauseum throughout the season.
Notes to the Archer team:
- Drug trafficking isn’t funny
- Drug addiction isn’t funny
- Endangering unborn children isn’t funny
- A paraplegic soiling himself in despair at his condition isn’t funny
I’m pretty bummed out, because I think it was the funniest show I’d ever seen on TV. Sometimes previous seasons had meandered a bit, but they always brought the unfettered funny. This season they bound and gagged the funny, and then clubbed it like a baby seal.
But, ever an optimist, I’m already waiting for Season 6.