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ARCHER, “Sea Tunt: Part 1” Episode Recap

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I’m so glad that this season of Archer‘s almost over because it’s been largely a miss, and the first part of the finale didn’t sway my opinion one bit.

A Navy bomber crashed off the coast of Bermuda and a hydrogen bomb sank to the bottom of the ocean, so of course Mallory cooked up a scheme to recover it so she could hold it ransom or sell it to the Russians. Since ISIS didn’t have access to a deep submergence vehicle, they had to work with Cheryl’s brother Cecil. On the way, he tried to get some dirt on his sister so he could claim her half of their parents’ billion dollar inheritance and finance his philanthropic endeavors, one of which was being led by an eco-terrorist will

Like most of this season, “Sea Tunt: Part 1” came off as another retread of an idea this show’s done much better in the past. Instead of going to space to deal with a crazy megalomaniac voiced by an AMC star, the ISIS gang headed to the middle of the ocean  to deal with a crazy megalomaniac voiced by an AMC star (this time it was Jon Hamm). Ho hum. On top of the stale premise, we got way too much Cheryl, Pam being stuck in an idiotic running gag, and Mallory’s continued descent into greed-fueled sociopathy. To be fair, those are the elements I hate the most, so of course I was put off by this one. Yet, a few Sterling zingers kept the episode from being a complete waste. Such a disappointment.

Other Odds and Ends:

  • The Archer/Bob’s Burgers bridge was completed because Cecil and his girlfriend were voiced by Eugene Mirman and Kristen Schaal respectively, but I couldn’t help but hear Gene and Louise saying cutesy things to one another. It was a little disturbing.
  • “Scrimps” needs to be retired.
  • “Because of you look fierce. Rawr.”
  • “She’s my patient, Lana!”

“Sea Tunt: Part 1” ended up being another episode of Archer that was a letdown because of Adam Reed’s need to do the same thing over and over again. Fingers crossed for something new to happen next week, but we’ll probably get Don Draper saying “Danger Zone” before dying via some action movie cliche. We’ll just have to wait and see. What did everyone else think? Did the episode work for you better than it did for me? Probably. Either way, sound off in the comments section.

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Marcos Canales

Marcos is a recently converted television junkie whose gateway show was CHUCK, and has added shows like CASTLE, LEVERAGE, GLEE (don't judge), COMMUNITY, and THE VAMPIRE DIARIES to his must-watch list. While he does not have formal ties to the entertainment industry, he's been blogging about TV, movies, and pop culture since 2008. Visit his website - https://www.smallscreenhappenings.com