I’m going to be honest and just say it: I was really satisfied with Alec’s scenes in this episode because he actually got to do things. When the episode started heavily empathising on how protective he feels of his loved ones, it was clear that it was building up to something, but the scene with Victor was amazing. I’ve always loved the fact that the show presents Alec as someone who can be easily classified as as a good person, but is definitely not above blackmail and violence to protect the people he loves and him so easily gaining back his control over the Institute was such a brilliant display of that.
And the fact that Shadowhunters who aren’t technically his subordinates followed him without a second thought even though it was clear that he hadn’t consulted Victor about it? I really, really hope that this is one of the changes the show makes and that Alec gets to keep the Institute at the end of… well, whenever the show ends. If there’s one thing I want for that character, it’s this.
Okay so, before I say anything, MAJOR SPOILERS HERE FOR ANYBODY WHO HASN’T SEEN TONIGHT’S EPISODE OF ARCHER!!
Can I just say…that tonight was the BEST EPISODE I have seen in the entire series of Archer?! Seriously, everything I had been hoping for happened in this episode! As someone who has been rooting for Lana and Archer since day 1, this whole episode was perfect for me! It’s very rare that a show delivers on everything that fans want to see.
We got to see just how much Archer loves and cares for Lana shown at how worried was for her, how supportive he was through her labor and how helpless he felt when he couldn’t do more. I really how to give props to him. Throughout this season, we saw how serious he took the whole pregnancy, so much so that he read up on all the possible complications, studied lamaze and even got certified as a doula. He didn’t want anything to go wrong.
Yeah, Archer is a mess. He’s selfish and immature and bit of an idiot. And don’t even get me started relationship wise. He’s horrible at them. But when it comes to things that matter the most to him, in this case Lana, he doesn’t mess around.
Now, we ALL knew that the baby was his. Let’s not pretend that it was really a big surprise. Although I got to say that the reveal was cleverly executed to say the least. It wasn’t done half-assed or just shoe-horned in for the sake that the fans wanted it. There was some actual backstory to it. So kudos to you, writers!
Back to Archer, I can’t gush about this episode enough. It was just so good! Like I said, everything that I had been hoping for finally happened, and if the series were to end here, I would be more than happy.
So now that he and Lana have a baby together, I can’t wait until to see where their relationship goes from here. I’m not expecting marriage (atleast anything soon), but it’s going to very interesting seeing these two trying to work together as parents.
Ah what the hell, I’ll just say it - Welcome to the world Abbiejean Archer!!