‘Atlanta’ recap: Black American Network
Donald Glover is a national treasure
Before I start, I just want to state that this was the funniest Atlanta episode of the season so far. It was so hilarious, smart and all over the place at the same time. The first thing I noticed was the TV show Paper Boi was on was being featured on the Black American Network. Its initials are “BAN.”
Wait a minute.
— Black Girl Geeks (@BlackGirlGeeks) October 12, 2016
Was that shade to BET for having too many commercials lol 😂 #AtlantaFX
— DAMN (@7ElevenTevin) October 12, 2016
This show had a public television vibe while also feeling like it was in some sort of alternate reality unrelated to the rest of Atlanta. The show tried pitting Paper Boi and Dr. Holt against each other for the sake of ratings. Montague would ask Paper Boi about important issues and seemingly try to twist Paper Boi’s words at every turn. The host was even caught trying to instigate even after Dr. Holt and Paper Boi started to agree with each other on issues. Got to get those ratings up somehow I guess, huh, Montague?
All jokes aside, Paper Boi was actually saying some real stuff on the show. He says what he means and is never one to renege on his words. On another note, why do people care whether he cares about certain topics? Where is Ja Rule at a time like this? Paper Boi was spewing off quotes of realness like this:
"It's hard for me to care about this when people don't care about me as a Black human man" – Paper Boi #AtlantaFX
— STiXX EDiTZ (@MR_STiXX) October 12, 2016
— Ready Player None (@MarLew29) October 12, 2016
… and even this.
"You look like a fake Ellen Degeneres, a Felon Degeneres" – Paper Boi #AtlantaFX great line and great episode.
— César $queeze ฿ocachica III (@squeezeb3) October 12, 2016
Paper Boi saying what folks been saying #OnHere forever lmaoooo
— Team Pup ‘N Suds 🐶 (@iKickClouds_) October 12, 2016
While the show tried to make Paper Boi out to look like a villain, in the end, he just came off as a genuine dude who’s just trying to rap to get this money. Joke’s on the TV crew.
While there was no Earn, Darius or Van in this episode, there was more than enough to keep us entertained.
First, the commercials. That first Arizona commercial had me believing it was an actual commercial and not just in the show. Then I started to realize that it was just Donald Glover’s unpredictability as a television writer and comedian. Brilliant execution.
That Arizona commercial just as funny the second time around 😂
— DJ K-Ro (@DJKRO) October 12, 2016
The commercials on Atlanta have me questioning whether that was an actual Arizona iced tea commercial or not. I have no idea anymore
— Idris Elbruh (@CapitalSS) October 12, 2016
I keep thinking im watching real commercials…stop playing with me #atlantafx
— Alexandria. (@_LexJanayy) October 12, 2016
The commercials took a turn midway through the episode with the knockoff cereal commercial that turned into a cartoon memo on police brutality, turning one of the most innocent parts of the episode and twisting the plot in an instant. It hit home for viewers, given the events that have happened over the last couple of years.
THIS MAN PUT POLICE BRUTALITY INTO A CHOCOLATE CEREAL ANIMATED COMMERCIAL, uggghhhhhhhhhh 😭 #AtlantaFX
— Ms. Racqueletta Moss ALL 2018 (@beaniejean_) October 12, 2016
It’s intriguing to think of how Glover is going to top the crazy creativeness of this episode. It seems like this show is influenced by his 2012 comedy special Weirdo, in which Glover talks about a wide spectrum of crazy topics.
The best part of the show was the mini-story on Antoine, aka Harrison.
— Seasonal Shade (@SeasonalShade) October 12, 2016
Harrison Booth is a trans racial white man but he's Blk. I'M CRYING!!!!! 😂😂😂😂😂😂💀💀💀💀 #AtlantaFX
— KFreeman (@KeKeSimming87) October 12, 2016
That whole exchange and interview had me laughing.
I’m so glad that Niles Stewart, aka Retro Spectro, was able to make an appearance on the show. He’s been killing it on Twitter and YouTube as part of the comedy group LeanSquad for a while now. I love how Glover has been finding and putting talent on the small screen.
I’m not going to lie, I would tune into this show every week as long as Darius had a segment, and if Paper Boi was a musical guest and got to roast Harrison for at least three minutes. That roast was hilarious.
Did Paper Boi call him DRAKE Malfoy? 😂
— Reagan Gomez (@ReaganGomez) October 12, 2016
"You look like a dying palm tree right now. Like the fifth Beetle they don't talk about. Power Up, Man"
Best verse Paper Boi pit #AtlantaFX
— Black Nerd Problems (@BlkNrdProblems) October 12, 2016
PAPER BOI CALLED HIM FELON DEGENERES LMAO pic.twitter.com/7Ix7PlhMfq
— Soul Skater (@peterandsons) October 12, 2016
While this again seemed like another episode that was intended to feel like a filler, Glover reminds us that everything on this show is important. You can look away from the screen for a matter of seconds and miss something very important. Am I still worried about the well-being of all of the characters who didn’t show up? Yes. Van is still jobless, Earn is still trying to stay afloat and Darius is probably out there doing who knows what.
Can’t wait to see what happens next week.