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April 26, 2012 11:14 AM   Subscribe

Archer (official genre: Global Espionage cartoon) creator Adam Reed talks through season 3 (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) about Archer’s Atlanta based and stream-lined creative process, its guiding aesthetics, eschewing writer rooms (“It’s like being in a staff meeting—a funny staff meeting.”), and Jessica Walter’s general classiness.

Previously : Archer’s ten most obscure archer jokes explained.
GQ interview with Adam Reed
Earlier AVclub interview with Adam Reed
posted by stratastar (22 comments total) 38 users marked this as a favorite

 
Dude! Thanks for this.

Lately when I say "that ... is ... awesome!!", in my head I always hear it in Archer-voice.
posted by Occula at 12:36 PM on April 26, 2012 [2 favorites]


I'm a season and a half behind, but as soon as I saw these pop up in my RSS feeds, I wanted to click to there.
posted by zombieflanders at 12:38 PM on April 26, 2012


SPOILER ALERT: This is the best show on television, unless you have no sense of humor.
posted by Etrigan at 12:56 PM on April 26, 2012 [3 favorites]


Archer is not awesome. It is utterly ridiculous and over the top. That is what makes it so awesome. Seriously, though, it's the first show in a long time where the first episode had me in stitches from 10 or 15 seconds in.

Anyone who hasn't seen it and isn't easily offended by animated racism, misogyny, homo-weirdness, fat and slut shaming, and about every other form of assholery imaginable and unimaginable should watch. It's effin' hilarious.
posted by wierdo at 1:00 PM on April 26, 2012 [2 favorites]


I've been forcing my friends to watch Archer episodes ever since Season 1. So far, I've had pretty good success in recruiting new fans. Mind you, it's been pretty easy to convert anyone who liked Arrested Development:

"Judy Greer, Jessica Walter, H. John Benjamin, and a whole bunch of James Bond clichés."

"YES. JESUS TAPDANCING CHRIST YES."
posted by LMGM at 1:03 PM on April 26, 2012


This is great, cheers. My only wish is that there was more about Frisky Dingo.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 1:06 PM on April 26, 2012 [2 favorites]


Great article. I wish Mr. Reed would come over here because we are far more erudite than those people on Reddit.

And we know more about guns and boobs. Also, ocelots.

Lately when I say "that ... is ... awesome!!", in my head I always hear it in Archer-voice.
I find myself saying "WOOOO" as annoyingly as possible more often than I did before "Heart of Archness"
posted by PapaLobo at 1:22 PM on April 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


Also, in case you missed it in my thread a week or so back:

You might enjoy Sterling Archer Draper Price.
posted by rewil at 10:59 AM on April 12 [19 favorites −] [!]


It really is a slice of heaven, this.
posted by PapaLobo at 1:26 PM on April 26, 2012


Is this something you'd have to feel like posting 'is this something you'd have to have a TV to know about' to know about?
posted by Sebmojo at 2:04 PM on April 26, 2012


...only if you modified "TV" to "TV/PC/Gaming Console/Tablet/Phablet/Phone/Bittorrent/FX.com/Usenet"

You are surrounded by Archer, Sebmojo. Surrender.
posted by PapaLobo at 2:25 PM on April 26, 2012


I want to be half Archer, half Bender.
posted by preparat at 3:23 PM on April 26, 2012


Is this something you'd have to feel like posting 'is this something you'd have to have a TV to know about' to know about?

YuuUP!
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 3:24 PM on April 26, 2012 [7 favorites]


Wow! He name checks Tales of the Blue Monkey in the first segment. I wanted to live in that show when I was 8 years old.
posted by vibrotronica at 3:40 PM on April 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


I want to be half Archer, half Bender.

That's a much wiser choice than wanting to be half Barry and half Other Barry.
posted by Harpocrates at 4:14 PM on April 26, 2012 [8 favorites]


Love me some Archer. I also love the sort of nebulous time period during which it takes.
posted by Uppity Pigeon #2 at 6:12 PM on April 26, 2012


I always describe Archer as what it would be like if James Bond knew he was James Bond.
posted by slimepuppy at 7:09 PM on April 26, 2012 [2 favorites]


LANA!
LANA!
LANA!
....
What???

DANGER ZONE!

(Never gets old)

I also love how Lana and Archer can argue whether Archer's signature polo tops are totally gay in the midst of kidnappings/ shoot outs/ wild chases/ jungle espionage etc.
posted by honey-barbara at 7:40 PM on April 26, 2012


TURTLENECKS! I INVENTED THE TURTLENECK!
posted by PapaLobo at 8:15 PM on April 26, 2012


I've been tempted to get a business card or three for Sterling Archer Draper Pryce ever since it came up last thread. I just don't know what my job title would be. "Stranger in a Strange Land"? "The Man in the Shack"? "Executioner"? Hm. It's a puzzle.
posted by aurelian at 7:23 AM on April 27, 2012 [1 favorite]


That would be the tacticalneck, PapaLobo.
posted by Relay at 9:08 AM on April 27, 2012 [2 favorites]


Two points I wanted to write out: 1. This last season was interesting because Archer was so shell-shocked from violence that he just just drinks himself into non-functionality in any stressful situation. (I think Lana mentions it as undealt with PTSD); this plus compounding tinnitus is actually really funny.

2. That line in the interview where Adam Reed mentions his mom leaving him - (literally slipping away) in a movie theater, to watch Burt Reynolds movies by himself explains sooo much.
posted by stratastar at 10:41 AM on April 27, 2012


Huh. You can actually buy a tactical turtleneck.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 7:00 AM on April 30, 2012


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