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Watch FX's ATLANTA, it will blow your mind, one episode at a time

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I had to take a moment and remind folks to watch Donald Glover's Atlanta because the show is masterful in a lot of ways, similar to Donald Glover himself, who's been doing a lot of things right in the past years. From singing and producing to acting and directing to stand-up, the man is as multi-talented as it gets nowadays and each one of his skills has a palpable product attached to it.

Season two has been working on presenting a variety of situations and typologies of people, some you might meet in your everyday life, others you might read about in the paper or see on TV. Either way, each episode is an insightful exploration of what it means to be a human being filled with blind spots, a spectrum of emotions swimming in a pool of other people's expectations. And of course, the outer and inner landscape of an rapper's life is also touched upon layer by layer.

Atlanta is "a sharply observed commentary on being young and black in today's America that merely masquerades as a comedy about rappers in the southern capital. The show seemed to come out of nowhere and quickly scored the highest half-hour ratings in its network's history, not to mention a Peabody, an AFI award, a pair of Golden Globes and six Emmy nominations, with at least a few prognosticators predicting it'll unseat perennial winner Veep come September. As the head of FX, John Landgraf, puts it, "Underestimate Donald Glover at your own peril."" (The Hollywood Reporter)

"It was hard to get FX to understand what I was doing [with Atlanta] at first. I had to, for lack of a better term, lie about it in a lot of ways because I was like, 'If you hear this, it's not going to sound good. It's going to sound crazy,'" says Glover. More here.

Take Earn (Glover), Paper Boi (Brian Tyree Henry), Darius (Lakeith Stanfield) and Vanessa (Zazie Beetz) for a ride. Trailer below.

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ȚMeticulous but surprising, the initial 90 minutes of “Robbin’ Season” are laudable independent entries — truly strong solo episodes. But grouped together, their best trait is a lurking sense of anticipation; anticipation that feels a lot like dread.

“Atlanta” began its exquisite first season with a slew of smart set-ups: Characters were introduced. Tone was established. Disaster struck. “Robbin’ Season” is following suit, although how it establishes when the new season takes place and what has happened in the time jump is perhaps less interesting than how it formally repurposes the pilot’s framing: The very first scene of Season 2 is entirely disconnected from what follows, hinting (if not outright promising) that what’s coming later will deliver the goods — in harrowing fashion. [...] “Atlanta” has always excelled at specificity: Just think of the ads for the Dodge Charger and Swisher Sweets in “B.A.N.” or how many different topics came up in bottle episodes like “The Club” and “Juneteenth.” The third episode of “Robbin’ Season” dials in on one central idea — Earn wants to go out — and uses a half-dozen examples to break down why that’s not as easy for him as it should be. Not only does it further Earn’s motivation in intriguing new ways, but it invites a broader understanding of his perspective. His problems are both his and so many others’." (Indiewire)

Check out season two trailer below.

And season one promo.

"Donald Glover’s new FX show Atlanta operates on a whole different plane. It’s not about hooking you in on what happens next or mapping out an overarching narrative, its enjoyments being varied and manifold. I was utterly, 100%, not-even-checking-my-phone, grabbed by it from the very first episode, and I say that as someone who doesn’t usually feel in the magnetic field of a show until around episode 4. Set amid the still very much burgeoning Atlanta trap scene, it could easily have relied on fairly stock, stereotypical characters, the emphasis being on the depiction of the genre and the era, but the show has a lot of personality and a lot of heart. rian Tyree Henry is an absolute revelation as Alfred ‘Paper Boi’ Miles, a despairing rapper who is simultaneously aggressive (and you best believe he’ll follow through) and yet kind of a softie; an overgrown kid who is desirous of the life hip-hop infamy brings, but who comes to realise that the perks of bullshit aren’t meant for him, to paraphrase Kendrick." (Independent)

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