A Discovery
Archer s9e8 Title
Series Information
Series Archer                              
Season No. 9
Episode Information
Episode No. 8
Original Air Date June 13, 2018
Written by Adam Reed
Animation Directed by unknown
Production Code XAR09008
Episode Navigation
Previous Comparative Wickedness of Civilized and Unenlightened Peoples
Next Season 10
"Danger Island: A Discovery" is the eighth and final episode of Season 9, and the one hundred and first episode overall.


Archer and the gang enter a deadly temple in search of an even deadlier treasure.[1]




Cultural ReferencesEdit

  • Baby Makes 3 (1949): when Lanaluakalani tells Archer that "you and me and the idol makes three" she makes a compound reference to this romantic comedy and the song
  • The Hobbit (1937): the book, (according to Charlotte), published in 1937 by JRR Tolkien
    • Smaug / a thrush / Portal of Erebor (the volcano in Danger Island references the Lonely Mountain, or Erebor in Sindarin).
  • Trader Vic's is a chain of Polynesian-themed restaurants that bore the founder Victor Jules Bergeron, Jr's nickname, "Trader Vic". He was one of two people who claimed to have invented the Mai Tai.
  • Good Will Hunting (1997): A lot people know of the saying "how d'you like them apples?" from this film about the troubled maths genius but the origins are uncertain. It is possibly a WWI reference to hand grenades, and is a rhetorical colloquialism meaning "how do you like that?"[3]
  • Dem Bones (1920s):[4] this well-known spiritual song was composed by author and songwriter James Weldon Johnson (1871–1938) and was first recorded by The Famous Myers Jubilee Singers in 1928.[5]
  • Alien 3 (1992) - when Archer descends into the lava death soup, this ending mirrors that of the third installment of the Alien franchise. This connection makes more sense in light of the ending in the spaceship.
    • A robot being melted by molten red metal is also a motif in Terminator 2, but it would be a stretch to say this is a direct reference: indirect at most, coincidental at least.
  • The Lord of the RingsArcher's death by falling into lava along with the treasure he sought is possibly an indirect reference to the death of Gollum in the third book in The Lord of the Rings Series, The Return of the King. The Lord of the Rings series was a sequel to JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit, which is referenced directly (see above).
    • The allusions to Alien 3 and resonance with Gollum's fate - as well as mention of The Hobbit - indicate it is likely that Archer's fall is a compound reference to both fantasy and science fiction franchises, with the revelation that the next season will be set in space on a spaceship providing the most powerful connection.
  • Petroglyphs: images created by removing part of a rock surface by incising, picking, carving, or abrading, as a form of rock art.

  • St. Elsewhere (1982-88): in the Season 10 preview, Archer's "What? You couldn't find a snow globe?" line upon waking up in the spaceship refers to the series' finale of this show, in which it's revealed that the entire series has been the dream of an autistic child staring into a snow globe.

Running GagsEdit


  • Reality (Non-Dream):
  • Dream / Reality Crossover:
    • (Dream)... / (Reality) ...
  • Dream (Non-Reality):


  • The wiki article's analysis of The Hobbit is as an 'episodic quest, and most chapters introduce a specific creature or type of creature of Tolkien's geography'. This framework corresponds loosely with Danger Island:
    • Ep1 introduces the characters (and foreshadows the creatures and dangers on the island)
    • Ep 2 - snakes and lizards
    • Ep 3 - the map/idol
    • Ep 4 - the Nazis
    • Ep 5 - quicksand / monkeys / cannibals (briefly)
    • Ep 6 - cannibals and more Nazis
    • Ep 7 - showdown between protagonists and antagonists / Mech
    • Ep 8 - the Idol / End Boss
  • The volcanic fire god is named turako / turaco or Tarako. The spelling and pronunciation are uncertain and could refer to any or none of these. Given show creator Adam Reed's previous reference to yaoi manga in White Elephant (s5e1) it is a possible nod to the writer, illustrator and creator of Love Pistols, Tarako Kotobuki.
  • The monitor unit which monitors the life signs of the cryopods in the space ship reads "M/V Seamus" (Merchant Vessel Seamus). In the original Alien movie, the ship MV Nostromo, named after Joseph Conrad's boatswain, was a working-class freighter tugging a refinery through deep space (although the subsequent cryopods scene has a closer resemblance to the sequel, Aliens). The Nostromo's AI is known as "Mother", linking Archer's snow-globe comment to the MV Seamus' AI, confirming his continued coma. 
  • Fuchs mech has twin MG42 machine guns mounted on the right arm, but those didn’t exist in 1938. But then, neither did a mech suit, so...


For dialog translations, fictional product placement, and interpretations see:


  • Mitimotu, French Polynesia ( Dream Location )


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