Sterling Archer and his main crew through seasons 1 to 8 and what I’d like to call their “evolution of sleek”. (Seriously, if you rerun ‘em episodes about a gazillion times, it’s almost impossible to ignore how much prettier and smoother the animation gets.)
I literally cannot with Sterling Archer's character development.
For the record, I don’t get how people aren’t loving Archer Vice right now.
They completely upended the status quo and I adore that, but who cares? Conversation for another time. What I can’t get over is how much Archer has changed since the first season and how I’ve gone from liking him to completely loving him to pieces.
I mean, think about it. He was so unbelievably selfish and dickish when the show began and never had any thoughts about anyone else but himself for the longest time. And now? Let’s check off some of the things he’s done this season alone:
Proposed to Lana and offered to help her raise the baby
Covered for Pam when she was the one who got them in trouble with the cocaine on the way to Texas
Told Pam they liked her better (or, rather, hated her less) when she wasn’t on coke and that she shouldn’t be killing herself over beauty
Brought his mother flowers on her birthday
Offered Lana a chance to run when the FBI was closing in on the house and then made her laugh after he upset her
Threw Lana a baby shower and got Kenny Loggins to go just because he thought that “Danger Zone” was their song
Saved Ray, Cyril, and the two asshole cops who were going to kill them, made a raft, protected the two of them from killer crocs, carried Ray the ENTIRE way through the jungle, resisted the urge to hit Cyril with the gun after he “took command” AND didn’t get mad when he found out Ray was faking being paralyzed the entire time
Hasn’t made one single crack about Lana’s baby being from a donor and told Cyril off for talking shit about it
All of which he’s done while still being the same arrogant pain-in-the-ass we’ve come to know and love in spite of ourselves. I love that he still does shit that is somehow weirdly adorable, like yelling “canonball” before jumping into croc-infested waters and ruffling Cyril’s hair and giving him a stick so he can pretend it’s a gun. I love it. I love that he’s still a jerk, but he’s also softened up a bit and seems to give a shit about his team members, even while making their lives a living hell. That’s some damn good writing, and one of my favorite things about this season so far.
This is exactly why I’m excited that the show’s been renewed already. I really want to see where they’re going to go from here, especially with the baby due by the end of the season. I know I shouldn’t still be shipping Archer and Lana, but dammit, I can’t help myself. It’s clear that he genuinely cares about her and she might still have some feelings for him too, even if she refuses to give in to them since he loves pushing her buttons. It’s going to be one hell of a finale. I can already tell.
Here’s to you, Archer Vice. Looking forward to two more seasons of awesomeness.