Like the FBI did to the ISIS offices, Archer creators just demolished the entire foundation of the outlandish FX show's plot structure on last night's fifth season premiere. And fans couldn't be more excited.
Don't say we didn't warn you that the show was about to undergo a radical change. On last night's episode, Archer and company were removed from their spying duties at ISIS, and are heading on the road to adventure as cocaine dealers. After the FBI reveals that ISIS had acted for four seasons without any government approval for its missions, the organization is shuttered, and their espionage acts ended for good. The next step: Become a drug cartel using the ton of cocaine that just happens to be lying around. "Well, how hard can it be–" Mallory intones, pausing, "–if Mexicans can do it."
Though Andy Greenwald of Grantland called it a "radical" departure, it's clear fans can expect a lot of the same from the core gang, with all their personal tics and traits intact. But if the drastic plot changes sounds like an important shift that would change the dynamics of the show, well, fans aren't too worried about it.
oh my god this season of archer is going to be just the best thing— Bill Hanstock (@sundownmotel) January 14, 2014
I wish Archer was an 8-hour show on every day and it was my job to watch it.— Matt Ufford (@mattufford) January 14, 2014
"So Archer is no longer about spies, and it is awesome," writes AV Club. Spies or not, Archer is a show that people will still watch.