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Archer Review: "Tragical History"

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Archer definitely came back strong with tonight's episode after last week's flashback-laden "The Double Deuce."  Sure this week had no Wee Baby Seamus, but it featured the under-utilized Cyril in a very prominent way.

Since Cyrl's sex addiction antics of season one, the ISIS comptroller has rarely contributed much more than a couple lines an episode this season.  Now not only did Cyril head up this week's adventure, but we even explored his "Tragical History" and got some sexy ninjas along the way.

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Cyril may not be the funniest or most talented member of the ISIS drones, but former SNL funnyman Chris Parnell proved he could help carry an episode with the help of some decent dialogue given to his character and an actual adventure outside cooking the books.

As Cyril and Archer went out to fix the former's screw-up we were treated to some great adventure as Sterling took on sexy ninja twins and George Spelvin in a sword fight, while Cyril contributed some quality whining and the gun shots that saved the day.

It was nice to see Cyril kind of save the day, even if it was from his own greed and screw-ups.  Poor guy may need to always watch out for Archer from now on, but at least he made his father and the audience proud by stopping Spelvin.

Meanwhile, the goons back at ISIS did a great job of keeping the humor going between scenes.  Pam and Cheryl were amazing with their "What! Whaaat!" and Kriger was hilarious with his virtual girlfriend and failed attempts to stop the worm.

Overall, it was a great standalone episode with plenty of repeating jokes, continuity and fun obscure references.  We'll break down some our favorites from the Archer trio:

  • "What! What!"
  • "Do you not?"
  • Who am I? Elisha Otis? Alan Turing?  Count Bulletsula?
  • "I should definitely get my turtleneck"
  • The fact they named the bad guy George Spelvin.  Look it up.  Very clever.


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Rating: 4.4 / 5.0 (15 Votes)

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