I have been working as a film journalist since 2010, dividing the first four years between radio broadcasting and entertainment writing in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In 2014, I entered Fresh Fiction (FreshFiction.tv) as the features editor. The following year, I stepped into the film critic position at the Denton Record-Chronicle, a daily North Texas print publication. My time is dedicated to writing theatrical film reviews, at-home entertainment columns, and conducting interviews with on-screen talent and filmmakers, as well as hosting a podcast devoted to genre filmmaking (called My Bloody Podcast). I've been married for seven happy years, and I have one son who is all about dinosaurs just like his dad.
Connor Bynum // Film Critic
ARCHER: DANGER ISLAND – “DIFFERENT MODES OF PREPARING THE FRUIT”
Season 9, Ep. 3
aired on FXX on May 9
The third episode of ARCHER saw less action than the one before, but focused much more on the comedic aspect of the show, in what is easily the best episode thus far in DANGER ISLAND.
Once again picking up directly where last week left off, this episode centers in on the aftermath of Archer destroying nearly every business on the beachfront as well as Lucy Goosey in his failed attempt at a smooth landing. There are excellent opportunities for laughs in such a setup including subtle details like all the locals giving Archer death stares as he casually strolls by their demolished places of business. But it’s not just the local shopkeepers who are upset by the destruction.
Malory is especially furious with her son as the most important aspect of her business (Lucy Goosey) no longer has wings. She then assigns Sterling to come up with the means to repair the plane by whatever means necessary. While mulling over ideas on how to make money Archer quickly shoots down Pam’s idea to re-open their failed business, “Chinchilladas,” which is exactly as gross as it sounds. After a hilarious flashback featuring Bird wearing a chef suit and Archer trying to give out coupons while wearing a giant Chinchilla costume, Pam mentions that she overheard Lana and Fuchs talking about a mysterious idol on the island that is, “Definitely not a gold monkey”.
The dynamic between Lana and Fuchs is developing quite nicely. If before there were only hints at Fuch’s motivations for traveling to Danger Island, his true intentions are now crystal clear. Fuchs convinces Lana to help him find the idol after promising his home country of Germany will destroy France as an act of revenge for her people. And if it wasn’t painfully obvious by now, Fuchs is absolutely a Nazi.
Charlotte has apparently accepted Malory’s proposal to work as a prostitute for her hotel, but honestly it shouldn’t be that much of a surprise given her character’s promiscuous behavior in previous seasons. After discovering Fuchs’ intentions to go after the idol, Malory enlists Charlotte to seduce him and find out its location in the process. However, in an interesting turn of events, Malory ends up saving Charlotte from being date raped as she is entirely too drunk by the end of the night to even stay awake. It’s a particularly sweet move on Malory’s part as she never fails to show her maternal instincts when all is said and done.
Archer, Pam, and Bird decide to break into Fuchs’ cottage on the island in search for a map to the idol but, in classic ARCHER fashion, massively fail at any attempt of discretion. They barely escape detection from the disgruntled German, but not before crudely drawing a copy of the map.
ARCHER is absolutely at its best when it focuses its attention on clever writing and sight gags. The fourth wall is broken numerous times as the characters throw subtle reminders that they are aware that they are in the past. Archer tells Pam that the idiom she just used, “isn’t a thing yet,” Lana implies that Japan might want to invest in the island on the off chance that they decide to attack the United States, and there’s a discussion about how 1,000 Francs is only considered a lot of money if one also considers $35 to be a lot of money. With only six episodes remaining, I must say that I am eager to see what absurdity lies ahead on DANGER ISLAND.
A preview for next week’s episode: