About the new Archer episode. It’s the fourth of the season, and by this time the people responsible for creating the show are making important decisions regarding the current and future status of the program. One such choice is bringing back a certain long-missed “frickin’ cyborg” intent on ending Sterling’s life prematurely, like an early frost which kills the budding apricot flowers before they fully bloom.
“You can just say New York.” I will, thank you. While Sterling accompanies Pam to the wedding of her long-referenced but ne’er before seen sister Edie, Lana frantically tries to find a baby sitter in New York to watch her child. Unfortunately, with Ray trapped behind closing elevator doors and Krieger an unsuitable candidate for sustaining a child’s life in natural and organic ways, Lana must resort to asking Cyril for assistance.
This is an episode which rewards a close viewing. There are plenty of references to earlier episodes (as usual), and a good number of callbacks within the episode that could easily be missed were one too drunk to focus or too depressed to care. I managed to pick up on a few anyway, such as the titillating climax of the the oracular end to Pam’s first love. There is a good amount of comedy in this episode, but despite that, it’s the plot that drives “Edie’s Wedding” more than the humor.
Of course, definitively concluding anything on a TV show these days is pointless. My girlfriend got me into the show Arrow last semester, and as I watch it I reflect on the inability of any character to die permanently. It’s the same with Archer. After last week’s conclusion of “he’s probably dead,” we get the exact same thing this time around. While I recognize that part of the utility of a television show is its ability to maintain itself and keep running, it seems like The Sopranos never ran out of characters to kill permanently, and that finality was, for me, a lot more satisfying than “oh, this partially resolved plot point has been resurrected to once again not be resolved.”
For all the new and old characters this episode brings to the table, it still feels like a throw-away by the end. I doubt I’ll re-watch this episode for any reason. There are a few good jokes but, once again, I’m left wanting more and feeling that what I’ve gotten was less satisfying than a packet of airline peanuts. At least those come with the suspense of finding out how many nuts are inside; this episode of Archer ultimately has no surprises at all.