The first trailers for Archer Season 8 have arrived, and just as the show has done the past few seasons, we’re getting a brand new setting. This season is subtitled Dreamland and takes place in 1947 Hollywood, taking on a heavy noir theme. Starting with Season 5, the animated series began moving away from its traditional spy setting and theme and switching things up with season-long arcs. Season 5 was subtitled Archer Vice and carried a heavy Miami Vice vibe and last season pulled from Magnum, P.I. and Sunset Boulevard. This year the show is just straight up taking place in 1947, so it’s a full-on noir.
How this figures into the overall plot of the series is unclear. Last season’s finale ended with Archer dead and/or dying, so it’s possible the Dreamland subtitle is literal—that the season takes place inside Archer’s dying dream.
Another big change this year is that Archer is on a new network. The series is switching from FX to FXX, where it joins original programming like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Man Seeking Woman, and You’re the Worst.
Archer is an animated, half-hour comedy that revolves around the hardboiled private eye Sterling Archer and his quest to find his partner’s killer in 1947 Los Angeles. The case proves to be more difficult than expected after 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.
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