‘Archer’ Season 3 Review

While this season had its fair share of misses, these misses only served to make the hits stand out. The culmination of the series, the hilarious “space race” two-parter was a standout success, as well as “El Contador,” where we saw Cyril take his first tentative steps into field work. On the other hand, I just watched “The Limited” again, and I can’t help but reiterate how mediocre I still find that episode. It was, like, Whitney levels of bad.

One of the weakest points of the season is getting to be the reused jokes. Now, I’m not saying that it wasn’t hilarious when the dialogue kept dancing around the “danger zone” joke in the finale, but after a while it seemed that the writers were using it as a crutch.

This season saw the establishment of Barry as a consistent villain in the Archer canon. However, I just don’t think he’s that good of a character. His strange, semi-schizophrenic conversations with “other Barry” are pretty much all that define his character, and even that doesn’t leave much of an impression. He’s just…meh. In contrast to him, I would have preferred to see more of Krieger and Wodehouse, two characters I feel didn’t get nearly enough screen time.

I give Archer a harsh rap in my reviews, but it’s mostly because the series has set the bar really high for itself. This season was, save for a few exceptions, pretty great, and I still have my fingers crossed for a season 4. (8/10)

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