Archer: Dreamland – S8.E3

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Following on from the end of the previous instalment; episode three, titled ‘Jane Doe’, resumes from where we left off, with Archer’s quest to use a poorly disguised body to fake the death of faux-fatality and accomplice, Cheryl Tunt. Despite their best efforts, however, the plan doesn’t go accordingly thanks to the crooked-cop duo of Cyril Figgis and Pam Poovey (played by Chris Parnell and Amber Nash respectively), showing up unannounced – confirming Cheryl’s suspicions from the last episode that they were, in fact, being followed. Still unknowing of Pam and Archer’s involvement in the matter, but realising that he can make amends for the shipment of Chinese whores he lost in the first episode, Cyril decides to abduct Cheryl with the intention of giving her to the Mafia boss Len Drexler as repayment for his error. Before too long, both Archer and Cheryl are locked up at the police station, with the episode gaining its name from the ‘Jane Doe’ moniker given to Cheryl in order to mask her identity while in custody.

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Archer: Dreamland – S8.E2

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In the second episode of ‘Archer: Dreamland’, titled ‘Bernice’, we were treated to the classic odd couple pairing that showrunners so often implement remarkably well; this time around, the pair in question were the, mostly, straight-edged Archer, and the bizarre, loose-cannon that is Cheryl. The narrative that unfolded over the course of this 22-minute episode can only be described as ‘if Weekend at Burnie’s was combined with the noir styling and mystery of the 1940’s’. Cheryl, wanting to fake her death in order to escape from her “Quasi incestuous family”, murders one of her maids and seeks out Archer for help in staging an elaborate death in order to fool those who would want to find her. Suffice to say that given the incredibly high calibre of the writing on this show, this was a plot device that was implemented incredibly successfully.

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Archer: Dreamland – S8.E1

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Superspies. Drug dealers. CIA operatives. Private investigators, and now ‘Dreamland’. It goes without saying that one of the many reasons that Archer has been so successful over the past eight years is the way that the show continuously reinvents and redefines itself. This trend only seems to endure further as we enter the penultimate season of Archer; this time with the animated comedy adopting a 1940’s noir setting, soaked in an art deco style that only exemplifies the humorous stylings of the H. Jon Benjamin-led show.

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