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The season two of Donald Glover's ATLANTA is here


Doland Glover's (aka Childish Gambino) Atlanta has returned to FX just a few days ago, on March 1. We're thrilled to have the smoothly directed and acted series back on our watch list, after a very rich first season. You can watch the teaser below.

The show debuted in in 2016 and it took season two this long to be released because of Glover's production schedule. He was tapped to play Lando Calrissian in the forthcoming Han Solo film, and will soon portray Simba in the live-action remake of The Lion King. Big year for an artist who has been nominated for five Grammys, including Album of the Year for Awaken, My Love.

In the new season, Glover reprises his role as Earn Marks, a young manager trying to get his cousin’s (Brian Tyree Henry) rap career off the ground while juggling a friendship with his cousin’s right hand man Darius (Lakeith Lee Stanfield), a relationship with his best friend and mother to his child Van (Zazie Beetz), and of course fatherhood. We don't see all these facets in the first episode of the new season, but it's clear that the jig is up and we're about to enter a whirlpool of dramas.

"The first season of the FX comedy Atlanta didn't just introduce its characters through a series of memorable vignettes about relationships, music, weed and money. It gradually broke down expectations until it could do almost anything. It could cast a black actor to play Justin Bieber without elaborating. It could turn itself into a half-hour send-up of a low-budget cable talk show. It stretched the boundaries in which it existed, and in the second season, it feels more settled — and not in a bad way.

FX provided three new episodes from what they're calling Atlanta: Robbin' Season to critics, and none of them break format the way some episodes in the first season did. (Robbin' Season refers to the holidays, when people are more eager for money.) Instead, these episodes create new situations for the characters the show has so carefully constructed: Earn (Donald Glover), the aspiring music producer; his rapper cousin Al (Brian Tyree Henry), who's had one hit that he's trying to turn into a career; their buddy Darius (Lakeith Stanfield), who tends to lay low until he needs to speak; and Earn's on-and-off girlfriend Vanessa (Zazie Beetz), who cares for him (and roots for him) even as she's often disappointed by him (and angry at him).

The second season, early on, doesn't feel plot-driven so much as theme-driven. Al is now a little bit successful, but he's successful in the way that subjects him to frustration over and over. He still has to buy his own weed, for instance, but he has to worry about somebody taking his picture. He takes his own calls and answers his own phone, but every time he gives out his number, he risks having his privacy breached by the curious. He has enough notoriety to lose his anonymity, but not enough to pay anyone to protect him from the consequences of success." (NPR)

"The Season 2 premiere’s opening nails the dark comedy’s signature unpredictability factor, but offers up zero chuckles, off-kilter or otherwise. Instead, it socks viewers with the kind of sobering grittiness you’d expect from an episode of “The Wire.”

It all starts benignly enough, with a pair of anonymous teens trash talking over sports drinks and video games. Cut to those same teens getting away with armed robbery. A fast-food restaurant is riddled with bullets after a high-octane shootout, a bloody teenage girl is howling in terror, and there’s no explanation for the breakneck escalation of events other than this: It’s robbin’ season.

“Christmas approaches and everybody gotta eat,” Darius muses, summing up the recent uptick in neighborhood crime.

Just like that, a sense of foreboding seeps in. While the city braces for a surge in random violence, Earn comes face-to-face with a chilling future version of himself. And nobody seems to be doing much to prevent either oncoming tragedy.

Last season, Alfred (a.k.a. “Paper Boi”) stumbled toward rap relevancy while cousin Earn shrugged his way into a music manager role. They both fell haphazardly into modest fame — by way of notoriety — and it seemed possible that they’d return to show off a little bit this time around. Instead, we find them stuck on the same sofas, cruising the same struggling streets and hamstrung by the same old obstacles (rap sheets and general inertia)." (New York Times)

Also, the trailer.

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