ARCHER: THE FINAL SEASON
Starring: H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Chris Parnell, Aisha Tyler, Amber Nash, Adam Reed, Lucky Yates, and Natalie Dew
Creator: Adam Reed
After 14 seasons and multiple reinventions (some great, some less so), Archer has finally come to an end, and it does so by going back to basics. Returning to the original idea of a group of degenerate spies doing a new mission each week, it feels more like classic Archer than it has in many seasons. Although Season 14(!) never comes across like a final season overall, there are moments of slight introspective (and hilarious) closure, even if the series isn’t the type to fully explore them with any depth. All in all, a fitting exit from the Danger Zone for a modern-day animated classic.
The final series of Archer goes back to the show’s original formula, and it is all the better for it. Although I appreciate the creative directions the show took at some points, it’s at its strongest when it’s driven by insane missions and the chemistry between the main cast. The addition of a new character refreshes the dynamics and enables the other characters to be their most authentic and morally ambiguous selves in a way that reminds me of earlier seasons. I’m sad Archer is ending, but the final season is emblematic of all the things I love most about it.