Archer is going even further back in time next season. After a year in “Dreamland” — specifically the year 1947 — “Archer: Danger Island,” Season 9, will take place in the spring of 1939 on a remote beach locale in the South Pacific.
Announced by executive producer Matt Thompson during the Comic-Con panel in San Diego, it was also unveiled that Archer will be a seaplane pilot with one eyepatch and two partners: One is Pam Poovy, his co-pilot who he’s gotten into “many scrapes” with across the globe. The other is a “talking, fucking” parrot named Crackers, who will be voiced by Lucky Yates (who usually plays Dr. Krieger).
Lana is a princess on the island, while Mallory is a bar owner and (unlike last season) Archer’s mother. Mallory’s character in “Dreamland” was not related to Archer, and voice actress Jessica Walter said she was glad the familial connection has been restored.
“I am in Season 9, and I am his mother again,” Walter said. “There’s something about what she does to him as a mother that’s so vile because she’s his mother, as opposed to when he’s a stranger.”
Other new roles for the characters include Charlotte, who’s still an heiress to a massive fortune, but in 1939 she’s visiting the island on her honeymoon. Cyril will now be Cypert Fuchs, a British intelligence officer posing as a local on the island.
“Last season, we loved it, but things got pretty dark, pretty fast,” Thompson said. “Adam Reed has been talking about doing something fun and just having a blast [this season]. There will be quicksand, cannibals, and super intelligent monkeys.”
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While some things will remain the same — Archer is still a “semi-functioning alcoholic,” for instance — “Danger Island” marks the fourth major change in setting and second major story overhaul for the series in five years. While “Archer: Vice” and Season 7 maintained the ongoing story of the series, “Dreamland” and now “Danger Island” will take place in an alternate reality.
Thompson did not say whether this means the real Archer is still trapped in a coma. At the end of Season 7, Archer was shot and the premiere of Season 8 found him comatose. The season was set inside his dream, and it ended without any clarification as to Archer’s life-or-death status.
“Archer” has had a major presence at Comic-Con in 2017. The animated program has made hosting a panel an annual tradition, but the character was also featured during the “Kingsman” presentation on Thursday in a video of Sterling mocking Eggsy (voiced by Taron Egerton) and his British customs.
“Archer: Danger Island” is expected to premiere in 2018.