DVD Review – Archer: Danger Island

It’s good to know that Archer is in for one final season before wrapping up. It makes an otherwise forgettable season as Danger Island more of an acknowledgement of it than the first really bad season in an otherwise steadily hilarious show.

This season the cast of the show has been reimagined into the South Pacific in 1939. Shenanigans ensue.

A good way to look at Archer is how you watch it. Danger Island never felt bad, just sort of aggressively boring, watching it as it debuted on FX because you only had 22-minute chunks to digest. Watching it again in a binge viewing points out how uninspired the show has been for some time.

It’s genuinely interesting to see a show like this try to eliminate the main conceit, of a wacky spy agency in a workplace comedy, and take these characters into an entirely new genre with new parts to play. It would be incredibly difficult to do with a live action piece, of course, but as animated fare it’s easier to many degrees. Unfortunately, the brilliance of the early seasons has tapered down and now we get handfuls of sheer comedic brilliance meshed in with shrug worth comedy.

Two innocuous extras are included.

20th Century Fox presents Archer: Danger Island. Starring H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Chris Parnell, Amber Nash, Aisha Tyler. Running time: 286 minutes. Not Rated. Released on DVD: 4.2.19

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