Archer: Danger Island (2018)


Danger Island

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Though long-time fans may be frustrated by this slim diversion from Archer's main narrative, Danger Island gleefully colors outside the lines of 1930s serial tropes while incorporating many of the series' treasured jokes into a self-contained story.



Critic Ratings: 12


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User Ratings: 184

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Air date: Apr 25, 2018

Archer inserts himself into a domestic dispute and engine troubles threaten to ruin his business. -- (C) FX

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Air date: May 2, 2018

Archer estimates his impact on the world while Pam samples the local nightlife.

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Air date: May 9, 2018

Archer, Pam and Crackers try to find the missing key to their latest get-rich-quick scheme.

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Air date: May 16, 2018

Archer keeps an eye out for a past nemesis.

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Air date: May 23, 2018

There is no joy in Mudville—mighty Pam has struck out.

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Air date: May 30, 2018

Archer and Pam request help from a newcomer, but he refuses to lend them a hand.

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Air date: Jun 6, 2018

Archer helps defend a village from party crashers intent on ruining oysterfest.

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Air date: Jun 13, 2018

Archer and the gang enter a deadly temple in search of an even deadlier treasure.

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Archer: Danger Island is an animated, half-hour comedy that centers on the semi-functioning alcoholic seaplane pilot, Sterling Archer, a lush on the lush South Pacific island of Mitimotu in 1939. While the rest of the world is concerned about the impending Second World War, Archer is only concerned with who's buying his next drink. Along with his trusty co-pilot Pam, Sterling must navigate quicksand, cannibals, super-intelligent monkeys, poison darts, pirates, and did we mention quicksand? Welcome to the mysterious and deadly world of Archer: Danger Island.


H. Jon Benjamin
as Sterling Archer
Aisha Tyler
as Agent Lana Kane
Chris Parnell
as Cyril Figgis
Judy Greer
as Cheryl
Lucky Yates
as Krieger
George Coe
as Woodhouse
Adam Reed
as Ray Gillette
Dave Willis
as Barry Dylan
Ona Grauer
as Katya Kazanova
Ron Leibman
as Ron Cadillac
Jeffrey Tambor
as Len Trexler
Coby Bell
as Conway Stern
Flula Borg
as Gunter Ziegler
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Critic Reviews for Archer Danger Island

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

Archer remains the same terrific spoof it's always been, even as it shifts from a spy satire to a jokey, adventure homage.

Apr 20, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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Nothing signifies the weird swerve Adam Reed and company are doing with this season of Archer better than Crackers The Macaw, the latest addition to the show's cast of consistently dysfunctional characters.

Apr 26, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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The bona fide Archer is still in bed, though we can only presume that much. The new season doesn't even bother checking in with him before it's off and running in its own fantasy.

Apr 26, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Danger Island is a follow-up spring break in Miami. There's still pleasures to be had, but it's all a bit hollow...undercutting of all prior narrative stakes is very Archer, but it's also a little disappointing for those looking for any resolution.

Apr 24, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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[Adam] Reed is getting better and better at fine-tuning these reboots so that everyone is happy. This season had a lot of the old jokes, old banter, and similar relationships.

Nov 4, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's always exciting to see a show return to form. Luckily we didn't have to wait long.

Oct 10, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

In a way this sort of satire makes sense, because this was always meant to poke fun at all those spy movies, a good many of them taking place in exotic locales. But fans are still left waiting for their hero to wake up.

Aug 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Funny as some of the one liners and non sequiturs are, Danger Island feels remarkably light and inessential in the grand scheme of things.

Apr 26, 2018 | Full Review…

It's every bit as bonkers as it sounds. And Archer is still as clever as ever.

Apr 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Even though fans can recognize Archer's developed friendship with Pam (Amber Nash), little is built up besides islander Archer fan-fiction.

Apr 23, 2018 | Rating: 4.8/10 | Full Review…

The folks behind Archer are rightly confident in their ability to meld the show's sensibilities to these new environs.

Apr 23, 2018 | Full Review…

Beyond just the characters too, the season's central plot and themes are too scattered and aimless for about one and a half episodes.

Apr 23, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Archer: Danger Island

  • May 28, 2020
    Might as well have been a different show.
  • Jan 10, 2020
    Narratively bankrupt and uncharacteristically unfunny, this season is an extreme disappointment compared to any other season of Archer.
  • Nov 13, 2019
    Smart funny and willing to take a chance. Great animation and dialog keep it moving along. Love Archer!
  • Sep 18, 2019
    The show is good. Season 9 was not archer it was some other show the writers felt like making and made no sense to the story line followed by the previous 8 seasons. They should've just made it a different show instead of warping the characters.
  • Sep 02, 2019
    Probably one of my least favorite seasons but still thoroughly enjoyed it.
  • Jun 21, 2019
    I thought that previous seasons had already ruined this legend of a show, but this season managed to take it a step lower. It's not clever, It's not funny in any sense, and unless the dialogue is meant to make the viewer cringe instead of laugh, I don't see why this ninth season was even produced. Not worth your time. If you're craving more Archer, it's best to just re-watch the earliest seasons.
  • May 16, 2019
    A slight step up from the last season, but still really bad, all jokes in this season are recycled.
  • Mar 31, 2019
    It's sad that people express their discontent with stars, causing the popcorn to spill. Spilling popcorn is not cool, people. And for what it's worth, I already know that I'll be re-watching the existing episodes of Archer for many years to come. And I really hope that we will get at least one season of Archer being awake before the show is done. Archer has spent two seasons philosophically observing everyone he knows in different settings. I'm waiting for him to come-back super-knowledgable about everyone's dark secrets, because of course his dream perceptions of everyone will turn out to be spot-on :D
  • Mar 25, 2019
    I LOVE Archer. I've seen each episode at least 10 times, and can quote more lines than I care to admit. That being said, I am highly disappointed with this most recent season. I watched each episode with a wince on my face because of what the writers did to my favorite characters. Archer has done some pretty outlandish things and have switched things up significantly, but until Danger Island, it's always felt like Archer. This is the first time Archer didn't feel like Archer. I feel this way so heavily, in fact, that if I had not seen the previous seasons whilst watching season 9, I would not say that I liked the show and would not want to watch any more of it, which is heartbreaking given my love for Archer. They have proven that they can still make Archer great while not being stuck in the confines of working at ISIS (first three episodes of season 3, all of season 5, all of season 7, and season 8, to a lesser extent however), but this is because the characters still felt like themselves. Malory is a strong intimidating and powerful woman and mother, and those under her have reasons to fear her. In season 8, though she wasn't working as the head of ISIS, nor was she (technically) Sterling's mother, she was still the same person. In Danger Island, she played a very minimal role, and her character was completely wasted on trying to make Cheryl a prostitute, until she switched her interest onto something much more important: looking for a bar. Malory is a smart person, but they made her a bumbling idiot who asks "is there a bar?" upon finding the idol. I am so profoundly disappointed and saddened by what happened to her. And it's not just Malory. Nobody feels like themselves, not even Archer, who is supposed to be the star of the show (hence the very name of the show). Archer is usually hilarious, constantly coming up with new running gags and when they repeated a reoccurring joke, it was funny and it felt like it belonged. In Danger Island though, whenever it used a joke from seasons past, it just felt wrong, like it was recycled material and they couldn't be bothered to come up with anything better...except for the comic masterpiece of the line: "shut up bird". "Shut up bird" is a line that was slightly amusing the first time, but as they said it more and more, it hurt even more each time they dropped the unfunny burn. And when watching the sneak peak for Season 10, I crossed all of my fingers and prayed that they would be returning to the Golden Age of Archer...and upon seeing what it would be, my heart sank to unimaginable depths because I knew that the season to come would be exactly like the train wreck that was Danger Island. Again, I love Archer with a passion, but I am beyond disappointed and saddened by what it has become.
  • Mar 02, 2019
    I've been a die hard Archer fan since the beginning. Seasons 1-3 are funniest. I'm not sure what happened in seasons 8 and 9: they're simply not funny. It's as though the writers intentionally tried to avoid making the viewers laugh.

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