Archer Live Review: The T-Shirt Cannon, The Tentacle Porn, And Much More
Photo credit: Joel Murphy of Hobo Trashcan.
When the show opened up to questions from the fans, queries ranged from the identity of Archer's father (they are not telling), to if Benjamin would hang out with the questioner (after a spotlight revealed him, the answer was no), to Arrested Development. Aside from confessing to her adoring crowd that Michael Cera's interested in a guest spot on Archer, Walter also shared her personal favorite line from the cult-adored series: "I'd like to cry, but I can't spare the moisture." Walter is so graceful and chipper out of character that her brief transformation to Lucille Bluth before our very eyes was utterly thrilling and caused such cheers from the audience that Benjamin grumbled that she should remember why she was on stage.
The event drew to a close shortly after a sizzle reel for Season 4 was shown, which elicited plenty of gasps and guffaws from the audience. When the show was over, people clamored to have t-shirts signed and pictures snapped with the cast, and I was exhilarated and exhausted. It was an event stuffed with gifts for the fans, both literal and figurative.
We were thrilled to be in the presence of the people behind the show we watch and quote obsessively, and with the repeated literal reaching out to the audience, Archer Live! offered more contact and inclusion than any Comic Con panel I've ever seen. We all had a chance to geek out in a safe space, and see our excitement for Archer reflected by its cast. But beyond that, it was fascinating to get a peek at the people behind the cartoons. Yates has an incredible and open energy that doesn't get much play in the fetish-obsessed Hitler clone Krieger. Tyler had a witty retort for every occasion, like joking that she couldn't strip to her bra and panties for "Skytanic" realism because she wasn't wearing any. (Instead, she insisted, she was favoring a "unitard and Mormon sexual suit.") Walter was utterly delightful and seemed the rightful queen of the scene. Parnell and Nash were playful and clearly awed by the audience response, and Benjamin's curmudgeon shtick might sound harsh on paper, but in contrast to the high energy of the rest of the cast, it played to cheers again and again. All in all, it was…it was…wait, I had something for this…Fuck it. It was awesome.
If you missed out on Archer Live!, don't fret because a recording of it will be included on the Season 4 DVD. In the meantime, watch for the debut of Archer Season 4 on Thursday, January 17th at 10:00 p.m. on FX. And get Archer Season 3 on DVD now, which includes a trailer for Archer's fan-made movie Gator 2, an idea he pitched in the Burt Reynolds' episode, "The Man from Jupiter."
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