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Archer returns with season 4 amnesia

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Season 3 left the ISIS crew aboard the International Space Station, where they once again managed to escape certain death from Barry, a cyborg spy from rival agency ODIN. 

It is obvious that some time has passed in the season 4 opener. We see Archer, who now goes by the name Bob, donning a mustache and flipping burgers at a low-end burger joint. It appears that he has since gotten married, and we see his wife and children help him in the restaurant. This is a play on the show Bob’s Burgers, in which H. Jon Benjamin, the voice of Archer, portrays Bob, a burger flipper. Fans who are familiar with the show will surely enjoy this mash-up.

Archer’s simple life comes to a close when a hit squad busts in his burger joint looking for a man named Archer. Archer insists he isn’t Archer, and that his real name is Bob. He then brutally kills the entire hit squad. Afterward, he stands back in horror, not knowing where he learned such fatal combat skills. At this point we ask ourselves, does Archer really not know he’s Archer?

Cut to the ISIS agency. Archer’s mother and commander of ISIS, Mallory, tells the crew that her son has turned up, but that he doesn’t know his identity. Krieger, the team’s unlicensed scientist/doctor urges the team to approach Archer with apprehension, stating there’s a chance he might permanently reject his true identity. Could Krieger have a hand in this?

The ISIS team has a plan. Lana, the tall black and beautiful agent whom serves as Archer’s better half, and even used to date him, meets Archer at a poolside resort. She confides in him she’s a secret agent, and that KGB agents are tracking them. These “KGB” agents are actually Ceril and Ray, members of ISIS who are part of Mallory’s plan. The plan fails when actual KGB agents open fire at Archer and Lana at the poolside resort. In the confusion, Lana hits Archer with a frying pan, and his memory is restored.

Meanwhile, Pam and Cheryl, are enjoying massages at the resort. Pam is smoking a joint while Cheryl eats LSD gummy bears. Are these two ever sober?

The resort begins burning down after Archer launches malatov cocktails on the KGB agents. The ISIS crew regroups outside to discuss the aftermath. They inform Archer that several months prior, on the day of his mother’s wedding, he hijacked the wedding limo, and disappeared. Cheryl, in the depths of an LSD binge, sees an ostrich and begins freaking out. The credits roll, and we are left to wonder what exactly just happened. Was Archer’s amnesia real? Who is Mallory’s new husband? And what does Krieger have to do with all of this?

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Space Race

What makes the show Archer so unique is that it’s unpredictable. One episode can take place in a jungle, and the next a pirate island. The season 3 finale goes where no Archer episode has gone before: space.

Last week’s Space Race: Part I, began like most episodes on Archer; with a problem. The ISIS team was hired by ISA, the International Space Agency, to stop a mutiny on the International Space Station. The team receives brief training, of which Lana has a great difficulty during, and then is sent into space. Once aboard the International Space Station, we learn that Pam and Cheryl have snuck on as well.

The episode spoofs movies such as the James Bond Moonraker, and Alien, as well as multiple pop culture references to space. The team is given plasma guns and told to kill anyone involved in the mutiny. Once the killing ceases, we learn in a twist that the man who hired ISIS to stop the mutiny is really the one who planned it.

Fun Fact: Archer references “The Dangerzone” several times in this episode. He tries to get other characters to say it, but to no avail. At the end, the man in charge of the mutiny says “welcome to the dangerzone,” directed at Archer.

Who is Archer?

ISIS agent and international man of mystery, Sterling Archer.

Love him or hate him, Sterling Archer is one of the most talked about personas in entertainment television. He is the main character in the animated spy-sticom Archer, on FX. Currently in its third season, Archer explores day-to-day life of the fictitious spy agency, ISIS. Although this genre has been done before, Archer freshens it up by combining old-school style and gender roles with crisis situations and raunchy humor.

Up front and personal in the espionage is Sterling Archer, a tall and fit spy in his late 30’s. What makes Archer unlike any other lead sitcom character is his complex personality. Here is a rundown on what makes Archer who he is.

Archer is obsessed with lacrosse.

Throughout seasons 1 and 2, numerous references were made to Archer playing lacrosse, mostly by Archer himself. Various lacrosse trophies of Archers have also been shown in a few episodes. Archer began playing lacrosse at a young age during boarding school. His true talent is revealed in season 3 episode Heart of Archness II, where he trains an island of pirates to play and compete in lacrosse.

Archer is a functioning alcoholic.

In almost every episode, Archer can be seen holding an alcoholic beverage. It can be inferred that Archer learned his drinking habits from his mother, Malory Archer, who is shown drinking constantly. While Archer will drink just about anything containing alcohol, his favorite drinks are bloody mary’s and martinis. “If I stop drinking all at once, I’m afraid the cumulative hangover will literally kill me.” – Sterling Archer, Double Trouble

His middle name is “Malory” and his codename is “Duchess.”

Both of which were given to him by his mother, Malory Archer. Duchess was an Afghan hound that Malory had and died from eating chocolate. There are various pictures of Duchess hung at Malory’s apartment and office.

Archer is an animal lover.

We first learn of Archer’s enthusiasm for animals in the pilot episode Mole Hunt in which Archer makes an exception to his “no dogs allowed in apartment” rule for Abelard, his girlfriend’s pug. One night while drunk, Archer becomes fascinated with Abelard’s bark because to him it sounds like “Puttin’ on the Ritz.” In season 1 episode Honeypot, Archer wakes up in his apartment with a lemur that he has apparently stolen from the night before. In tenth episode of season 2, El Secuestro, when the ISIS crew is at Cheryl’s house, Archer learns of Cheryl’s pet ocelot, Babou, and screams, “I’ve never seen an ocelot!,” before running to play with it. Later on in season 3 we see a friendship develop between Archer and Babou. Archer has been shown with other animals in season 3, including a parrot, when he served as pirate king in the Heart of Archness episodes, and a jaguar in El Contador.

Except for alligators.

Archer hates them. Alligators are Archer’s biggest fear. Archer regularly tracks alligator attacks in the U.S., and can name recent ones from memory. In episode Pipeline Fever, Archer is bow fishing and accidentally shoots an alligator in the head.

Archer pays child support for a kid that isn’t his.

In season 2 episode Blood Test, Archer’s prostitute/girlfriend Trinette convinces Archer that he is the father of her newborn baby boy. Instead of reacting negatively, Archer insists on spending as much time as he can with “wee baby Seamus.” Archer’s time with baby Seamus is spent doing reckless activities such as drinking alcohol and getting matching tattoos. In the episode Stage Two, Trinette reveals that baby Seamus is not in fact Archer’s son. Even so, Archer insists on paying child support for the kid.

He coined the term “Tactileneck.”

Archer credits himself as the first person to recognize the benefits of wearing a turtleneck during tactile missions. This leads to the nickname “tactileneck” that Archer gives to the turtlenecks he owns in season 1 episode The Rock. Archer owns 10 black $900 turtlenecks. He describes five as “dark black” and the other five as “slightly darker black.” Archer prefers to wear his black turtlenecks while on missions, and becomes distraught if he is unable to do so. A side note: rival spy agency, ODIN, outfits field agents with turtlenecks, which angers Archer.

Archer’s childhood sucked.

Archer grew up without a father. He was often neglected by his mother who sent him off to boarding school as soon as she could. In childhood flashbacks, we often see Archer either alone, or being scolded by his mother. Archer’s selfish, immature behavior is believed to be the result of how he was treated as a child. Archer’s butler, Woodhouse, has served as his care provider and father figure his entire life.

Archer has cancer.

In season 2 episode Stage Two, Archer is diagnosed with breast cancer. The cancer eventually spreads to his lymph nodes, and he is forced to undergo chemotherapy. This whole experience humbles Archer, and is the first time we see a significant change in his behavior; he stops drinking as much, he’s nice to everybody, and he even attempts to fix relationship issues with Lana. In the following episode Placebo Effect, Archer learns that his chemo drugs are fake. This causes him to go on a self-driven rampage, killing the man in charge of soliciting the counterfeit drugs. Chemotherapy proved effective for Archer, and his cancer is currently in remission.

He is the world’s deadliest agent.

Although Archer is incompetent in most areas of his life, he is undoubtedly the world’s greatest secret agent. This is a fact referenced quite frequently in the series by many characters, and most of all, Archer himself. His accuracy with all types of weapons is outstanding, even when he’s looking away from his target. Archer’s weapon of choice is a Walther PPK, because anything else will ruin the lines of his suit.  When there is no weapon available, Archer will use a random object. If that doesn’t work, Archer is trained in Krav Maga, a system of hand-to-hand combat used by the Israeli Defense Forces. Although Archer goes on missions to fulfill his own personal desires rather than benefit ISIS, he is highly successful.