Earlier this year, Archer creator Adam Reed announced that Sterling Archer and the gang were going back to ISIS, their non-governmental spy agency, when Season 6 begins. In the meantime, the jihadist state ISIS (or ISIL or IS) started making headlines around the world for their brutal and inhumane tactics. So it is without a whole lot of surprise that the hit FX series is dropping the “ISIS” name from the series completely.
Though there is an ample opportunity for Archer’s animated world to react to this in a big, bold, satirical manner, viewers might not even notice the acronym’s excision from the show. At some point in the premiere, two movers are seen in the background, rolling the big blue ISIS symbol out of a room as Malory Archer (Jessica Walter) speaks to her son on the phone. That will apparently be the show’s only reference to its former moniker. Executive producer Matt Thompson explained to The Daily Beast the decision behind keeping it short and simple.
I’ll buy into that. Archer is a show known for taking jabs at general ideas about government agencies and political ideals, but Reed doesn’t often target specific real-world incidents. It was somewhat fortuitous that, as the group ISIS first adopted that name in 2013, Reed had taken Archer’s characters off on a new Vice storyline that involved them selling coke to try and keep their lifestyles afloat after the agency ISIS got shut down. Apparently Reed and FX were paying attention to the news at the time.
So do we get to see Krieger, Pam, Cheryl, Cyril and Lana legitimately working for the CIA for the next two seasons? There’s something about these misfits serving as employees of the actual U.S. government that makes me wonder if we wouldn’t be better off with them working with ISIS.
Archer Season 6 will presumably debut in January 2015.
Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.
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