TV Club: Archer: “The Holdout”

After throwing convention to the winds last season what with all the cocaine dealing, country singing, and dictator swapping, Archer is going back to the spy missions of the week that the series knows inside and out. The fact that people are calling it an “unreboot” reveals just how unusual a move this is, since “unreboot” is not, nor will ever be, an actual word my Microsoft Word recognizes. It was startling enough when Archer decided to add “Vice” to its name and throw out its founding concept, but throwing out the new in favor of the old isn’t a move we recognize. Evolution isn’t supposed to mean backward motion, after all.

So it’s not surprising that much of the talk around this sixth season is about whether going back to basics means that last season’s Vice detour was a failed experiment. While opinions on Vice …

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