‘Archer: Space Race – Part I’ Review

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As a spy-spoof show, Archer has always prided itself on mocking the most unbelievable aspects of espionage movies. This week, the FX show seems to be taking aim at Moonraker and other space-related spy themes.

After receiving a distress call from the Horizon, a manned space flight with a mission to terraform Mars, Sterling and the rest of the ISIS agents undergo heavily compressed training and follow the ship into space. Obviously, it’s not long before a small, enclosed ship brings out the worst of the gang’s flaws.

The great thing about this episode is that it’s so focused. The ISIS agents have a clear objective. This mission seems to direct the plot, so that the agents can interact in the way they do best without the show meandering with them. Malory breaks into the ship’s supplies of medical alcohol, Archer shoots people to keep them quiet about his misdeeds, and all of the banter between is finely honed and unobfuscated.

There’s a really great fight scene towards the end of this episode – it’s always great to see the “awesome secret agent” side of Archer, and when it’s juxtaposed with a space-sick Lana vomiting everywhere and a (still) incompetent Cyril, it’s a recipe for hilarity.

I may have missed something, though – the presentation given at the beginning of the show seemed to suggest the purpose of the Horizon’s trip was to populate Mars, yet it’s presented as the “twist” at the end. However, this twist sets up a promising sequel episode and finale. I know that I look forward to seeing it. 9/10

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