Here's How 'Archer' Plans To Deal With That Whole ISIS Thing

Everyone's favourite animated spy Sterling Archer, and his colleagues at the International Secret Intelligence Service (or ISIS) are in a bit of a fictional pickle: they now accidentally share a name with Islamic State extremists who are currently terrorising Iraqis, threatening anyone who challenges them (including Australians) and beheading people for spectacle — awful. Here's how one of our favourite shows plans to deal with this mess.

Mild Archer spoilers below...

Showrunner Adam Reed spoke to The Daily Beast this week and said that, rather than address the problem head on and acknowledge the name clash in the show, the storyline will skirt right around it.

The fake agency will be merging with the Central Intelligence Agency in the sixth season of the show, and the ISIS name won't be mentioned in dialogue again.

Reed said:

We were waiting for it to go away, at least I was. Back in Season 5, FX said, ‘This might be a thing,’ and I thought, ‘Maybe it won’t be? Maybe it’ll be the mole that I’m gonna ignore and nothing will happen.’ We got sort of lucky and could organically make a merger with the CIA, so we went back and retroactively painted out the ISIS logos in parts of the show, and we just don’t talk about it in dialogue.”

Executive producer Matt Thompson said in the interview that the only real visual reference we'll see is someone rolling the circular ISIS logo off the set. Very dignified.

Read the full interview here.


Comments

    Better to make a joke about some morons stealing the name rather than just queef it out quietly like that.

      I agree... this method is like letting ISIS win.
      It's being referred to as ISIL more and more these days anyway

        ISIS, ISIL, they can't make up their mind what they want to call themselves. Hell even that bloody flag looks like a bird shit on it..!

          In the Arab world they are called Daesh with no reference to an Islamic State.
          An Egyptian friend tells me the members of the group detest being called Daesh so that's how I refer to them - specifically, "The Daesh Cutthroats".

          For what it's worth.

    Season six doesn't start till early next year, I'm sure they'll fix it with aplomb..! :)

    I am a tad disappointed in this and have been wondering how they would deal with this.
    It sounds like theyre censoring themselves and if they: "so we went back and retroactively painted out the ISIS logos in parts of the show" to my mind that's cowardly and a re-write of the shows history.

    Personally, I was hoping they'd confront it directly and send Archer over to humiliate, denigrate and ultimatley destroy Daesh (ISIS). There are so many rich opportunities to twist the group and load the show with subtext.

    Imagine Archer going over to 'discuss' the name-theft and introduce the Daesh name, then Archer to charm and womanise the ladies of Daesh in his typically misogynistic way and lead them to 'the chosen land' of the USA etc.

    Arms dealing, inter-tribal historical disagreements, governmental missteps, naming conventions, Persians vs. Arabs (the real elephant in the room) , border definitions -- the list is endless.

    The ISIS flag t-shirt I ordered from the screen printers should arrive this week XD

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