Archer Season 11 Preview: Sterling Needs a Little Help with His Range
When Sterling Archer (H. Jon Benjamin) returns to the real world with the eleventh season of FXX/FX on Hulu's long-running animated series Archer on September 16, he won't be returning as the same Archer we know, love, and shake our heads in disbelief at. All of those years spent in a coma had an impact on his physical skills, which we're pretty sure is feeding into his mindset as he gets used to a spy agency that's actually gotten its act together and having to use an amped-up cane for support. As you'll see in the following teaser "Lost Without Me," Archer's going to need a little practice time with the cane- especially when it comes to figuring out its range.
In season 11 of FXX's comedy Archer, Sterling is ready to return to the spy world after a three-year coma. While many things changed during his absence, Archer is confident it will take just a little time for him to reset things back to the old ways. The problem: does the rest of the team want that? The others may not be ready for his return to throw a wrench in their well-oiled machine.
Last summer, executive producers Matt Thompson and Casey Willis revealed that the series would be returning to its main storyline after several coma-induced genre-themed seasons. But as we mentioned above, after three seasons out of action Archer is returning to a world – and agency – that's passed him by. For Thompson and Willis, it gives them the opportunity to present an Archer that viewers haven't seen before. It's one thing when the screw-ups and bumbling are backed-up with the skills of a trained spy, but Archer finds himself at both a physical and psychological disadvantage.
As Thompson explains it, "The main thing is Archer and how lost he is. He feels everyone has left him behind. The only person who seems to give a f— is Pam, and she's like, 'Hey, buddy, let's go get a drink, I still love you.' But everybody else treats him like an afterthought, he's not what he was, and he's actually making them worse at their jobs. He's in the way. And that exploration of truly something different for Archer as a character is exciting for us. So it's about him, and how having him back in the group forces change upon all of them." For Willis, it's about him no longer being the center of his own universe: "Archer can't understand how everything moved on without him; he's the center of the universe in his mind. And Archer is going to change throughout the season as well."