We quietly did. We were waiting for it to go away—at least I was. Back in Season 5, FX said, ‘This might be a thing,’ and I thought, ‘Maybe it won’t be? Maybe it’ll be the mole that I’m gonna ignore and nothing will happen.’
We got sort of lucky and could organically make a merger with the CIA, so we went back and retroactively painted out the ISIS logos in parts of the show, and we just don’t talk about it in dialogue.
It’s just the most awful thing, and we didn’t want to have anything to do with it.
Although a different version was shown at SDCC 2014, the decision was made to go back and insert the moving scene to put the troubling ISIS acronym to rest. Now Archer and the rest work for the CIA.
Thompson addressed why and their reasoning behind how they made the change saying:
We won’t say ISIS anymore, and the only visual representation of it will be that sign rolling off the show. It’s just the most awful thing, and we didn’t want to have anything to do with it. There were people online saying that we should address it and say, ‘Oh, I can’t believe these guys have co-opted our name.’ That’s the way South Park would do it, coming after them and saying, ‘These assholes stole our name,’ but that’s not the way the Archer universe works, where it’s all our own creations. In our universe, they don’t exist.
There are no plans to go back and change anything in the first five season, and most fans have already bought DVDs of those seasons anyways. FX is stuck with a crap-load of ISIS merchandise that will gather dust until most likely getting destroyed and written off as a tax deduction.
Jessica Walter, who plays Malory Archer, the spy master and crazy as hell mother of our hero Archer had this to say:
I’m one of the few people that have the white ISIS cup and it’s mixed in with all my other cups. The other day, I was looking at it and thought, ‘Should I throw it out? But it reminds me of Archer.’
Creator Adam Reed related a funny story about a conversation he had with his father the other day:
I gave my Dad one of the ISIS hats and he said, ‘You know son, I’m not going to be able to wear the hat anymore. I’m gettin’ looks at the hardware store.’
Reed also discussed the meeting with FX in which they discussed all that ISIS merchandise:
I was at a meeting with the FX execs and I said, ‘You know, with all this extra ISIS merchandise, you should just make the bad guys buy it.’ Dead silence. And then they said, ‘We have a lot of ISIS merchandise.’ So I guess that’s all going to a landfill somewhere.
I’m guessing that as soon as this news makes the Internet rounds any Archer ISIS stuff might get a quick spike in price as collectors try to make a quick buck.
What do you think of their decision to do things quietly, should they have made the change and used it as a storyline in the season?
Via: The Daily Beast