I attended Silicon Valley Comic Con, hosted by Steve Wozniak, at its 3rd annual convention April 6-8, 2018 in San Jose, CA.
Who or What is Archer?
Archer is FX’s Emmy award-winning original animated comedy series. The perpetually drunk and obscure reference-quipping spy Sterling Archer and his rag tag colleagues are back again for a 9th season. The hilariously profane antics of Archer, his mother, Lana, Kreiger, Cyril, Pam, and Cheryl draw an audience that elevates the show to cult status.
Starting with the 6th season, the show moved away from being just a spy agency (who’s name was the same as an Egyptian goddess and a terrorist organization). The next season, Archer went Vice (like Miami Vice or Magnum P.I.) and last season, was Dreamland (film noir).
This season our characters shift to Danger Island!
ARCHER Cast Panel
I came to the panel with the expectation to hear from voice actors Lucky Yates (Kreiger & Krackers) and Judy Greer (Cheryl) plus Matt Thompson (Executive Producer) and Casey Willis (Co-Executive Producer). After being herd into the panel room, I knew immediately something this was going to be different. We were immediately told that, not just to put our phones away or on silent, but that if they even saw a phone that we woud be escorted out.
When all the iPhones and androids buzzed off and were put away, they announced that we would be among the first to watch the season 9 premiere right then! The episode started and it was definitely different but struck a similar chord. It is safe to say that Archer has not skipped a beat and the show lives up to previous seasons.
We got this treat and also got the benefit of the cast members and producers to discuss the new season and past seasons. As Willis and Thompson put it, the new season is sort of like Tales of the Golden Monkey and the Banana Splits, Danger Island short but for those of us born after 1985, it seems sort of like Disney’s Talespin. I would add that it’s Talespin with liquor and only one anthropomorphic character. I had a ball with the premiere and the panel. Greer, upon request, shouts, “You’re not my supervisor!” and Yates regales us with a story of his parrot named Krackers as reward for his successful poops. I couldn’t have asked for more.
The rest of you all can see the Archer: Danger Island season premiere on Wednesday April 25 at 10pm EST/PST on FXX.