I’m a big fan of “adult” cartoons: The Venture Bros., Boondocks, Robot Chicken, etc. Basically, if I lost my subscription to the Cartoon Network, I’d probably fall into a deep depression. One of my new great loves is the FX Network cartoon, Archer, a spoof on the 1960s spy/agent TV shows. I’ve watched it since its first season and I love the witty, irreverent writing and the characters: Sterling Archer, the handsome ISIS agent and all around macho, self-involved a%@#hole; Pam Poovey, the insane HR director who is the office resident gossip, participates in fight clubs, and loves anything dairy; Cheryl Tunt, the office secretary who has a pet ocelot and a disturbing affinity for strangulation during sex; and last but not least, my girl… Lana Kane!
|Lana is one pissed off chick!|
Another trait that cracks me up about Lana – she’s always angry. She resents being ignored and disrespected by the higher ups at ISIS like Malory Archer – Sterling’s mom. She’s angry that she can’t find a decent guy who’s her equal who won’t cheat on her. Because she’s an environmentalist, she’s angry at companies who destroy the planet and gets pissed whenever ISIS takes spy contracts with these companies. She is one black, green-eyed ball of pint-up rage. Usually, I’m not fond of black female stereotypes. (Why does the one black chick on the show always have to be so angry?) But it works for Lana. I can identify with her frustration. She’s the one normal person in a crazy cartoon world and no one will listen to her. We’ve all felt that way at some point in our lives… right?
I heart Lana and hope to see more characters like her on TV. I hope to talk more about Lana on Monday, March 18, Black Girl Nerds podcast.
Archer appears on the FX Network on Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET.
- Black Girl Nerds contributor, Shelly Ellis