In the seven seasons aired so far, Archer has seen a truly diverse range of adventures for the espionage gang reluctant known as The Figgis Agency. Spies, independent intelligence contractors and, for brief period that wasn’t really all that brief, drug lords, the team returned to what they’re best at: cleaning up after the mishaps of the World’s Most Dangerous Spy, Sterling Archer. The seventh season saw the gang take on job after job, with a mystery hanging over them all the while that came to climax in a deadly cliffhanger that will finally be resolved this spring.
In the meantime, FXX – the sister channel to FX that will be hosting the new episodes from now on – has released not one but two teasers to keep fans intrigued.
The teasers take Archer not only on new adventures, but to a whole new time and setting. Up until now, the show has taken place in a probably intentionally vague pseudo-present, with relatively modern and sometimes futuristic technology but nothing too complicated or anything that could be too convenient a way to ruin a storyline.
The new teasers show the gang running amok, officially, in the noir era of 1940s spy thrillers in a series entitled Archer: Dreamland.
While the gang have had their fair share of roles in the past – working with the government, working independently, working as criminals, and so on – this will be the first time the timeline has been disrupted like this.
The overview of the series’s plot tells the story of “the hardboiled private eye Sterling Archer and his quest to find his partner’s killer in 1947 Los Angeles”. The murdered partner has already revealed to be Wodehouse, who as a character went mysteriously missing in season 6 when his voice actor, George Coe, died in 2015.
For all the difference in era and location, it seems that the key ingredients that make Archer so popular will still be in the mix, as the synopsis goes on to explain:
“Archer quickly gets mixed up in a deadly game of tug of war between Los Angeles’ most powerful crime bosses. Every clue leads Archer further away from his goal and deeper into a mystery involving kidnapping, prostitution and drug addiction.”
Sounds familiar enough.