Archer “Bloody Ferlin” Review – A Justified Approach

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Archer drives along with its latest from season 3, or technically season 3.5 with “Bloody Ferlin,” as Archer accompanies Ray Gillette to his hometown of West Virginia to rescue his brother Randy (Jack McBrayer) from a corrupt sheriff (Michael Rooker). It’s a bit of a bumpy road getting there, but ultimately “Bloody Ferlin” makes for some good laughs.

After three season it’s starting to feel like there might be a grand total of four, or five potential plot formulas for a standard episode of Archer, tonight’s being to explore the background of Ray Gillette (Adam Reed) as Ray returns home with Archer and Cheryl in tow to save his drug dealer (farmer) brother Randy. That said, Ray usually delivers some of the better one-liners and the trip to West Virginia ranks among the more intriguing deviations of Archer’s usual aesthetic, so the story ends up feeling fresher than it actually is. It also doesn’t hurt  to have not one, but two strong guest stars voicing Ray’s brother Randy Gillette and the Wesfield Sheriff EZ (30 Rock’s perpetual bumpkin Jack McBrayer and The Walking Dead’s Michael Rooker, respectively), even if I’m not generally a fan of Archer resorting to guest actors.

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