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‘Archer’ Season 5 Premiere: One Dies As The Entire Series Explodes

Tue, January 14, 2014 9:51am EDT by Shaunna Murphy 11 Comments
Archer Season 5 Premiere
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Everybody knew that we were in for a big surprise during the ‘Archer’ Season 5 premiere, but the show once again pulled one over on us by revealing that ISIS was a sham the whole time.

Archer has always been wonderfully insane, but at least Sterling Archer (H. Jon Benjamin), Malory Archer (Jessica Walters) and the rest of the gang had the law on their side as they did morally questionable things season after season. Unfortunately for them, that all blew up in their face last night — and one agent didn’t even get to live to tell the crazy tale.

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We’ve known that Malory was morally corrupt since day one, but when the freaking FBI raided ISIS HQ we realized that she’s also a lawbreaking psychopath. “This is about conducting espionage operations for years with no authority or permission whatsoever from the United States government,” an agent explains to the bewildered spies.

So Malory’s big lie has now reset the entire series, as ISIS is no more and all of its employees are out of the job. Also, Brett is totally (finally) dead! He was shot right in his forehead during the raid — which was awful, but Archer really put things into perspective: “Well, he died doing what he loved. Getting shot.”

So the whole gang was taken in to jail, and everyone but Archer and Lana (Aisha Tyler) told them everything, despite Malory’s assertion that she had a plan. Lana and Archer also managed to rid their captors of their guns, but by the time they’d released the rest of the team and found Malory, she’d already agreed to a total cease of operations for ISIS.

Say what?!

ISIS, which has been the setting of this entire show about spies, no longer exists. Luckily, there’s a backup plan — and it’s not just Cheryl’s (Judy Greer) country music career, though from the looks of things that might actually come into play. No, the plan is a bit more… well, Archer-y than that.

“What are we gonna do with literally—not figuratively—a ton of cocaine?” Archer asks, when he realizes just how much white stuff ISIS has to fork over to the government.

“Well, how hard can it be if Mexicans can do it?” Malory replies.

So, to recap, it looks like Archer will now be a show about insane, occasionally morally corrupt drug dealers instead of insane, occasionally morally corrupt spies. They estimate that they have about $50 million worth of blow to share with the world, but given the show’s history and that insane dream montage at the end of the episode, it looks like things will go horribly, horribly wrong for just about everyone. Needless to say, it’s going to be an interesting season.

What did you think of the episode, Archer fans? How do you feel about them completely changing the show’s setting? Were you surprised that it was Brett who bit it? Let us know in the comments!

— Shaunna Murphy

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