Season two also did a nice job expanding the backgrounds of its characters, as we learned of Lana’s militant environmentalist past, Pam’s secret fortune and pet ocelot, Archer’s childhood domestic situation and — most surprisingly and welcome — Woodhouse’s youth as a member of the WWI Royal Flying Corps, where he served as a personal attendant to a soldier he was also in love with. Ever the gracious employer, Archer remarks how similar that job sounds to his current one. “Soldier servant was the official term,” the great George Coe says as Woodhouse. “Yeah, way to advance,” says Archer.
The season two DVD is fairly light on the special features, but there are some amusing extras on the two-disc set, including a riff on the “unaired pilot” from the first season DVD. That supposed pilot — actually just the pilot with a raptor inserted in Archer’s place — was conceptually funny, I guess, but pretty unwatchable. Here, we get an E! True Hollywood Story-type recounting of the dinosaur’s short-lived career. Also included are segments where Archer answers fan mail, gives a shout-out to a Marine fan and horrifically turns into a man with the appearance of Jon Benjamin. A somewhat listless Comic-Con Q&A rounds out the bonus material.