FX’s Archer returns tonight – with another big plot change. Kicked out of the CIA for ruining their last mission, the former spies have relocated to Los Angeles to begin a new life as private investigators. How much does that affect the out of control series we’ve come to know and love? And is this what it’ll look like for the forseeable future? To find out, LA Fan Cultures Examiner sat down with stars Amber Nash (who voices the large and lovable Pam Poovey) and Lucky Yates (the not so large but crazier Dr. Algernop Krieger) to see what they could tell us about Season 7.
“I was actually really excited,” Amber said of the new premise. “I thought when [Season 5, Archer] Vice came around, [series creator] Adam [Reed] got super recharged and jazzed to keep writing. And then Season 6 was awesome, because he got jazzed because of how we got back to how it was before. Then this happened and I was like oh my God, you’re just going to keep getting super jazzed every season to write new stuff.
“It’s not so much of a departure as Vice was,” she explained. “It’s still them going on missions and working in a office together and they’re still the same a–holes they’ve always been. It’s just a different setting and it’s got a different feel. It’s fresh and exciting; it’s been so much fun.”
“Personally, I loved every single episode and I loved Vice,” agreed Lucky, who told us, ” I love detective stories and stuff like that. It’s not a departure. I feel like Adam could never have been a better writer than he has been this season. It’s totally opened him up.”
The move to Los Angeles gives the opportunity for these characters to potentially reinvent themselves. After all, no one on this side of the country knows who they are or just how terrible they can be. So will any of the now-former spy gang decide to turn over a new leaf on the West Coast? It’s not likely.
“I don’t think they could reinvent themselves, even if they tried,” Amber laughed. “I think they’re all so flawed that it would be impossible to.”
Added Lucky, “They are all so flawed and they’re so in love with their own flaws that they wouldn’t change.”
Besides, they have bigger problems to deal with. In tonight’s season premiere it’s established that Cyril Figgis (voiced by Chris Parnell) is the only one of the whole group who can legally obtain a private investigator’s license, so he is for all legal intents and purposes the team’s new boss. Cyril, of course, is also te one member of the team who gets no respect. How many minutes will his tenure last before a mutiny occurs?
“It’s Cyril,” Lucky quipped, “I don’t think to push back on Cyril is going to be really hard.”
Then there’s Pam. The last time the show changed premises, she went and got addicted to cocaine. And Los Angeles is known for having ready access to all kinds of drugs. But Amber and Lucky said that fans shouldn’t be worried about a potential relapse. “Pam had her coke time [and] I think it’s over,” said Amber. “I think she’s not going back there. She may have a crazy night once in a while, but I don’t think it’s going to be like it was before.”
“Pam is super smart,” continued Lucky. “The coke [in Archer Vice] was probably her first real dealings with coke, and so in a very Pam way she went overboard and [then] realized that it was a problem and got away from it.”
There are some pieces of past seasons that they’d like to see make a comeback. Lucky would love to see the return of Len Trexler, the rival spy agency boss portrayed by Jeffrey Tambor, or another appearance from Woodhouse – Sterling Archer’s valet, who went into rehab last season after the death of his voice actor George Coe. As for Amber, she suggested calling back Mr. Ford, the character from Frisky Dingo who made a cameo appearance in the Archer episode “Drift Problem.”
Between seasons, these two talented folks have unsurprisingly kept busy. “We did a web series called Hart of America and it’s on YouTube,” Amber explained. “It’s super fun. I play four different characters in it and Lucky’s in it as a dead body and puppeteer. It’s ten episodes; ach are under five minutes.”
“It’s great, beautiful and funny,” added Lucky. “There are several different story lines that converge towards the end. It’s a spectacular watch.”
It’s clear that Season 7 of Archer will be a new chapter. But will it be a one-season experiment like Archer Vice or is this the new normal? Even the actors aren’t sure. “I have no clue,” Lucky said. “I think that we’ll be detectives for a while.”
“I wish it would be more than one season,” Amber concluded, “because it’s so good.”
Archer airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on FX.