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The eighth season of the animated television series Archer, known as Archer Dreamland,[1] began airing on April 5, 2017 and consisted of eight episodes. This season is also the first to air on FXX since the series was moved from FX.

Archer (season 8)
Archer S8 Poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 8
Release
Original network FXX
Original release April 5 (2017-04-05) – May 24, 2017 (2017-05-24)
Season chronology
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List of Archer episodes

Contents

ProductionEdit

FX renewed Archer for three more seasons with each season consisting of a total of eight episodes.[2] On January 12, 2017, it was announced that the series will relocate to FX's sister channel FXX, beginning with Season 8 onwards.[1]

This season resolves the cliffhanger from last season, which ended with Archer floating lifeless in a swimming pool after being shot several times. It is revealed that Archer survived but has been in a coma for three months, trapped in a 1947 noir-esque Los Angeles setting called Dreamland.[3] It also reveals the fate of Woodhouse, whose voice actor George Coe died in 2015; the heroin-addicted valet of Archer dies shortly before the season premiere.

EpisodesEdit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Written by Original air date Prod.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
86 1 "Archer Dreamland: No Good Deed" Adam Reed April 5, 2017 (2017-04-05) XAR08001 0.74[4]

Archer is in a coma as a result of the gunshot wounds he sustained from Veronica Deane. While in the coma, he dreams he is a private-eye set on finding justice for his murdered partner Woodhouse, following his comatose self unconsciously hearing from Malory Archer of Woodhouse's death. Archer butts heads with detectives Figgis and “Poovey”. Archer interrogates Woodhouse’s dealer Krieger, a bartender at a club owned by the crime boss known as Mother. Impressed with his experience in the war, Mother agrees to help Archer find Woodhouse’s killer but, in exchange he must get information on Len Trexler, the biggest mob boss in town. While spying on Trexler’s second in command Dutch Dylan, Archer runs into “Poovey” and together they clumsily stop Trexler’s sex trade scheme. Poovey is sent to help find jobs for all the abducted women, while Archer returns to his office only to find that it has been ransacked and Woodhouse’s envelope of clues has been stolen. Charlotte VanderTunt enters, and hires Archer to murder her.

Guest star: Wyatt Cenac as Cliff
87 2 "Archer Dreamland: Berenice" Adam Reed April 12, 2017 (2017-04-12) XAR08002 0.50[5]

Charlotte elaborates on her request for Archer to murder her, explaining that she actually wants him to help her fake her own death in exchange for $10,000. Charlotte has already provided a convincing body double and Archer comes up with a plan. After their plan is set, Archer and Charlotte stop at club Dreamland, where they find Figgis and Poovey are talking to Mother. Dutch hires Krieger to build him new feet. While getting ready to launch Charlotte’s car off of a cliff, Archer and Charlotte are caught red handed with the dead body by detectives Figgis and Poovey.

Guest star: Jeffrey Tambor as Len Trexler
88 3 "Archer Dreamland: Jane Doe" Adam Reed April 19, 2017 (2017-04-19) XAR08003 0.47[6]
Guest stars: Wyatt Cenac as Cliff, Keegan-Michael Key as Floyd, Wendell Pierce as Verl and Jeffrey Tambor as Len Trexler
89 4 "Archer Dreamland: Ladyfingers" Adam Reed April 26, 2017 (2017-04-26) XAR08004 0.48[7]
Guest star: Eugene Mirman as Cecil Vandertunt
90 5 "Archer Dreamland: Sleepers Wake" Adam Reed May 3, 2017 (2017-05-03) XAR08005 0.44[8]

Lana tries to seduce Archer for a cut of the ransom as he races Figgis and Poovey to collect the money.

Guest stars: Eugene Mirman as Cecil Vandertunt and Jeffrey Tambor as Len Trexler
91 6 "Archer Dreamland: Waxing Gibbous" Adam Reed May 10, 2017 (2017-05-10) XAR08006 0.38[9]
Guest stars: Eugene Mirman as Cecil Vandertunt and Jeffrey Tambor as Len Trexler
92 7 "Archer Dreamland: Gramercy, Halberd!" Adam Reed May 17, 2017 (2017-05-17) XAR08007 0.31[10]

Archer and Trexler try to escape a rampaging Dutch by telling the world's worst knock-knock joke.

Guest stars: Eugene Mirman as Cecil Vandertunt and Jeffrey Tambor as Len Trexler
93 8 "Archer Dreamland: Auflösung" Adam Reed May 24, 2017 (2017-05-24) XAR08008 0.42[11]

Season finale where Archer finally discovers who actually killed Woodhouse. Poovey comes back home to find that all her Chinese sex slave hostages have left, leaving nothing but a good bye note. Episode ends with a credit scene "Dedicated to George Coe" the late actor who voiced Woodhouse in the earlier seasons of the series.

Guest stars: Eugene Mirman as Cecil Vandertunt and Jeffrey Tambor as Len Trexler

Critical responseEdit

On Rotten Tomatoes the season has an approval rating of 88% based on 8 reviews, with an average rating of 7.7/10.[12] On Metacritic the season has a score of 72 out of 100, based on 8 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Kofi Outlaw (January 12, 2017). "Archer Season 8 and The Americans Season 5 Premiere Dates Revealed". Comicbook.com. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  2. ^ Natalie Abrams (June 21, 2016). "Archer renewed for three more seasons on FX". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  3. ^ Kofi Outlaw (July 22, 2016). "‘Archer’ Season 8 Trailer Answers Season 7 Cliffhanger, Introduces ‘Dreamland’". Indie Wire. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  4. ^ Welch, Alex (April 5, 2017). "Wednesday cable ratings: ‘Underground’ holds steady, ‘Archer’ premieres well". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 5, 2017. 
  5. ^ Welch, Alex (April 13, 2017). "Wednesday cable ratings: ‘Greenleaf’ holds steady, ‘Archer’ dips". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 14, 2017. 
  6. ^ Welch, Alex (April 20, 2017). "Wednesday cable ratings: ‘Fargo’ returns down, ‘The Magicians’ holds steady". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 21, 2017. 
  7. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (April 27, 2017). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 4.26.2017". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved April 27, 2017. 
  8. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (May 4, 2017). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 5.3.2017". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved May 4, 2017. 
  9. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (May 11, 2017). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 5.10.2017". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved May 11, 2017. 
  10. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (May 18, 2017). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 5.17.2017". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved May 18, 2017. 
  11. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (May 25, 2017). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 5.24.2017". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved May 25, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Archer: Season 8 (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 6, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Archer: Season 8 reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved April 10, 2017. 

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