Fresh on DVD – ‘ARCHER: SEASON 7’ comes locked and loaded


Connor Bynum // Film Critic

TV-MA, appox. 218 minutes.
Creator: Adam Reed
Cast: H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Amber NashChris ParnellAisha Tyler and Adam Reed

Archer and the gang are back at it again.

After the colossal failure to maintain their contract with the CIA, the world’s most dysfunctional spy agency has resorted to conducting private investigator work in the aptly named Figgis Agency. After shifting gears from drug dealing, contract espionage, to now private detective work, the series thankfully has not lost what made it great to begin with: the characters.

Sterling Archer (voiced by H. John Benjamin) is lovingly hateable as ever and struggles to maintain his relationship with fellow agent Lana Kayne (Aisha Tyler). Meanwhile, he does his best to resist his inexplicable attraction to aging Hollywood starlet, Veronica Dean (Mary McDonald-Lewis), in typical Archer fashion: poorly.

Cyril Figgis (Chris Parnell) pathetically fumbles to maintain control of the new agency as he is the only one possessing an actual law degree and private investigator’s license, Cheryl (Judy Greer) continues to expand on her endearingly creepy sexual arousal from physical violence, and Pam (Amber Nash) somehow still finds new ways to be disgustingly hilarious. Malory (Jessica Walter) drinks her way through every morning while still showcasing moments of holding her own in the field. Krieger (Lucky Yates) manages to reach all new levels of disturbing, and Ray Gillette (Adam Reed) once again is left out of the opening credits despite becoming one of the funniest characters in the show.

Guest stars include Patton Oswalt, J.K. Simmons, Keegan-Michael Key, Dave Willis, Christian Slater, Ron Leibman and John O’Hurly.

Interestingly enough, FX has not listed a Blu-ray version for release alongside the DVD or in the foreseeable future. That said, here are the DVD Extras:

  • Archer Reviews Bond
  • Archer Live! Reading (Table Read from San Diego Comic Con)

SEASON 7 is able to accomplish a rare combination of storytelling, as it does a nice job building off of the world established in previous seasons while also successfully standing on its own with a unique arc. Here’s hoping that SEASON 8 will keep us coming (phrasing) back for more.

Grade: A-

ARCHER: SEASON 7 is now available on DVD.

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Preston Barta

Hello, there! My name is Preston Barta, and I am the features editor of Fresh Fiction and senior film critic at the Denton Record-Chronicle. My cinematic love story began where I was born: off planet on the isolated desert world of the Jakku system. It's there I passed the time scavenging for loose parts with my good friend Rey. One day I found an old film projector and a dusty reel of the 1975 film JAWS. It rocked my world so much that I left my kinfolk in the rearview (I so miss their morning cups of green milk) to pursue my dreams of writing about film. It wasn't long until I met two gents who said they would give me a lift. I can't recall their names, but one was an older man who liked to point a lot and the other was a tall, hairy fella. They got me as far as one of Jupiter's moons where we crossed paths with the U.S.S. Enterprise. Some pointy-eared bastard said I was clear to come aboard. He saw that I was clutching my beloved shark movie and invited me to the "moving pictures room" where he was screening the 1993 film JURASSIC PARK to his crew. He said my life would be much more prosperous if I were familiar with more work by the god named Steven Spielberg. From there, my love for cinema blossomed. Once we reached planet Earth, everything changed. I found the small town of Denton, TX, and was welcomed into the Barta family. They showed me the writings of local film critic Boo Allen. He became my hero and caused me to chase a degree in film and journalism. After my studies at graduate of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, I met some film critics who showed me the ropes and got me into my first press screening: 2011's THE GREEN LANTERN. Don't worry; I recovered just fine. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD was only four years away.