Archer 2.09 “Placebo Effect” Review

Those revenge/rampage/man-with-nothing-to-lose thrillers like Deathwish, Get Carter and Falling Down have always been wildly entertaining to me. They’re not the most relatable characters but it’s in our nature to root for the underdog. I also always kind of hoped the man who ran into my work and pepper sprayed me a few months ago would cross paths with a super pissed off vigilante. Oh well.

In this week’s Archer, Archer finds that the chemotherapy drugs he’s been taking are counterfeit and goes on a rampage, looking for the man responsible. Meanwhile, Cyril discovers a terrifying (though, not so surprising if you think about it) secret about Dr. Krieger.

This was certainly the most violent episode of Archer in recent memory. He plays a deadly game of “Family Feud” with Irish mobsters, who pay dearly with their kneecaps. He also, uh, inserts a grenade into another gangster a la Denzel Washington in Man on Fire. The climax, though, is a pitch-perfect parody of a Magnum P.I. scene in which Tom Selleck and his beautiful mustache kill an unarmed villain.

“Ivan?”

“Yes?”

“Did you see the sunrise this morning?”

“Yes, why?”

POW!

That happened. Having the entire rampage caught on tape by Lana, Archer calls his “movie” Terms of Enrampagement, but Cyril suggests Magnum P.U. Not only was this a dig at Archer’s final kill, but that final kill was basically a carbon copy of a scene from Magnum P.I. You see, Seth Macfarlane? That’s how you do pop culture references.

Another brilliantly crafted reference was the revelation that Dr. Krieger was one of the boys from Brazil. The Boys from Brazil, in case you’re unfamiliar, is a 1978 film about a man tracking down a scientist who is attempting to clone Hitler. Not only was that real in the Archer-verse, but Krieger was one of those clones. Everything from Krieger accidentally referring to Nazi Germany as “we” to Pam calling Krieger names like “Clone Wars” was fantastic.

I think it’s safe to say that Archer is the best written comedies on cable, if not on all of television. And it’s a cartoon. Who’d have thought?

One Response

  1. monkey April 16, 2011

Leave a Reply

Al Roker on Ryan Lochte
Ryan Lochte Lied: Why We Love Al Roker Losing it With Billy Bush
The Voice Season 11 Preview
The Voice Season 11 Preview: Miley Cyrus & Alicia Keys – Keeping it Real
New Fall 2016 TV Shows
The 10 New Fall 2016 TV Shows You Don’t Want To Miss!
Runaways
Marvel’s ‘Runaways’ Ordered to Series at Hulu
Deadshot and Harley
‘Suicide Squad’ Sets More Box Office Records, Beats ‘Civil War’
Archive 81
‘Archive 81’: An Interview with the Creators of the Horror Audio Drama, Daniel Powell & Marc Sollinger
Jared Leto as the Joker, laughing in the faces of critics.
‘Suicide Squad’ Shatters August Record for $135M Opening Weekend
Jared Leto as the Joker, laughing in the faces of critics.
‘Suicide Squad’ Soars with $65.1M Friday, Now Heading Toward $150M Opening Weekend
Moviepilot
What Are Twitter Users’ #7favfilms?
The Star Trek 50th Anniversary Blu-ray Set Has 30 Discs
The Star Trek 50th Anniversary Blu-ray Set Has 30 Discs
Ghostbusters
Hollywood: Women in Movies From Past to Present
Actress Zoe Kravitz is added to Fantastic Beasts
Harry Potter’s “Fantastic Beasts” Just Got Hotter – With Zoe Kravitz!
Kehlani, "Gangsta"
Check Out the New Music Video for Kehlani’s ‘Gangsta’ from ‘Suicide Squad!’
Suicide Squad: The Album
‘Suicide Squad’ Soundtrack Is the Best of the Summer: Review
Jared Leto as the Joker
Jared Leto Returns as Joker in ‘Purple Lamborghini’ Music Video for ‘Suicide Squad!’
Galactic Empire
Why Star Wars Fans Should Be Paying Attention to Galactic Empire
Sports News
The Best Lessons From the 2016 Olympics Opening Ceremony
150415194757-2015-playoff-graphic-2-041515.1200x672
The Top Five Moments in NBA Playoffs History
2themastes
Your Official Guide to Watching the Masters Tournament on TV
Austin X Games
X Games Austin 2016 Has an Amazing Sports and Music Lineup

Get more stuff like this
in your inbox

Subscribe to our mailing list and get interesting stuff and updates to your email inbox.