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Archer 1999: "Space Pirates" is the seventh episode of Season 10, and the one hundred and eighth episode overall.



A voyage home gets interrupted by an alien battle cruiser carrying precious cargo.


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Cultural References[]

  • Gene Kranz: Ray says he needs his "Crisis Management Vest," and we see one hanging in his closet. This is a reference to Flight Director Gene Krantz at NASA who wore vests hand-made by his wife Marta for each mission he commanded beginning with Gemini 4 in 1962. This was featured in the Ron Howard film Apollo 13 (1995) .
  • Star Wars (1977)
  • "Space cowboy": Arguably both a reference to Cowboy Bebop (1998) and Firefly (2002) as some of the more influential creative works with the space western central theme.
  • Firefly (2002)
    • Cheryl closes her eyes to make two stunning ace shots near the door in the same vein as River in "War Stories."

Running Gags / Callbacks[]

  • Crisis Vest - Ray's Crisis Vest, though unused, makes a brief cameo in this episode. The vest is a callback to the season 1 episode, "Skytanic", wherein Ray is wearing it while helping Lana and Archer to defuse the bomb onboard the Excelsior. It also makes another appearance in "Tragical History" in season 2; Ray is wearing it when trying to ascertain the scope of damage caused by Spelvin's Pirate Virus.
  • Additionally, the ISIS patch on the breast pocket of Ray's Crisis Vest has been replaced with a picture of an ocelot's face.
  • This episode features Grimalkians, which Archer notes are essentially space ocelots (a fact he obviously finds delightful, due to his infatuation with ocelots). The gag began in the season 2 episode, "El Secuestro", when Archer is introduced to Babou for the first time at Tunt Manor. Archer routinely mentions the ocelot by name throughout the series, with Babou also making the occasional guest appearance.
  • "Baby Crazy" - In "Mole Hunt", Archer claims he broke up with Lana because "she is baby crazy". This episode revives both Archer's claim that he is put off by Lana's desire to settle down and have a child, and Lana's denial that she wants a baby.
  • Pirates - Space pirates is a callback to season 3, in which Archer spent most of the season's run as a prisoner of pirates (or as a Pirate King, depending on how you look at it).
  • Lana is forced to go topless as in "Space Race: Part II" and "Fugue and Riffs".


  • Reality (Non-Dream): Archer remains in a coma brought upon by the events of "Deadly Velvet: Part II".
  • Dream / Reality Crossover:
    • (Dream) ... / (Reality) ...



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First Appearances[]


Lana: "Get those uniforms on and put in your voice changers; more pirates will be coming."
Pam: "On my tits, wha-a-at?"
Archer: "Do you even have tits?"
Pam: "They're retractable!"


Archer: "Shit, we’ve only got seven minutes to get off this death star — lower case d, lower case s."

Gallery of Images[]

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