Donald Glover’s ‘Atlanta’ is already addictive
Friendship, wings, realistic conversations — this is a show we can truly relate to
There was only one thing I was saying over and over in my head when I was mentally preparing for FX’s Atlanta. “Earnest Marks is not Childish Gambino. Earnest ‘Earn’ Marks is not Donald Glover.”
I’m going to go on the record and say that I’m a huge fan of Donald Glover. I’m a fan of the standup comedy, the music (for which he’s known as Childish Gambino) and the acting he’s done in the past. I’ve seen Glover play and be himself for so long that it’s going to be a process when it comes to just seeing him as Earnest Marks. I was delighted to see that this show is already making some steps to help the transition. Instead of seeing Glover on a TV show, I just saw him as a character in a pretty balanced first episode. The best part so far? The dialogue seems effortless and like an actual conversation that you’d have with your homies/co-workers.
Watching #AtlantaFX. Pleasantly surprised so far. Snappy dialogue. Camera work is genius.
— Sam Sanders (@samsanders) September 7, 2016
Atlanta touched on white people saying the N-word, up-and-coming rappers trying to stay out of trouble, as well as being broke with a kid. I like the overall vibe from Earnest, Alfred and Darius, as it just seems like three guys in Atlanta trying to make it in the world. It was, though, impossible to watch certain parts of Atlanta without having old Gambino lyrics swirling in your head. For example, when I first saw Earn in short shorts I had the line from his 2011 Backpackers looping in my head:
Black male in short shorts / I’m double suspect
And Earnest’s interaction with the white dude who only said the N-word around him reminded me of the lyric in 2011’s Outside when Gambino talked about being a black kid in a white kid.
And I hate it there / They all make fun of my clothes and wanna touch my hair
Being one of few black kids in an all-white school, I could relate to how it felt when a white guy felt compelled and comfortable to say the N-word around you … and just you.
— A.Pegasus 🦄 (@MissAP) September 7, 2016
— Philip Demond Powell (@Terrysboy) September 7, 2016
Where Atlanta seems to separate itself from the popular shows such as Power and Empire is that a lot of stuff seems very relatable.
You might not be making drug deals with crime syndicates, but you do know some dude who is trying to make it in the rap game.
The show doesn't reflect my life growing up in Atlanta, however I do know people who can relate to this representation of ATL. #AtlantaFX
— Lawnyá Benton (@AtlCane09) September 7, 2016
This show is something we all can relate too. I like it #AtlantaFX
— King Alex 🤴🏽 (@AleWill_) September 7, 2016
And we all like getting the hookup on wings.
— World Series Champs (@mccauley318) September 7, 2016
From a character standpoint, the chemistry between Alfred and Darius had me laughing so hard. When Darius was two seconds away from holding Earn at knifepoint and then offered him a cookie two seconds later, it was absolutely hilarious.
"Remember me, I gave you a cookie?" The chemistry between these 3, already. I love it #AtlantaFX
— Jamal Washington (@jamal_wash) September 7, 2016
While this show seems lighthearted and casual, there were some serious undertones in the first two episodes, such as the part when the policeman beat up a mentally ill man in the jail even though he was known as a harmless regular.
Dude clearly belongs under psychiatric care and the cops do what cops do–they beat him with a truncheon. #AtlantaFX
— (((Chai Chai Rodrigweez))) (@DaDorq) September 7, 2016
That's so sad. That's how we really treat Black people with mental health issues too smdh #AtlantaFX
— Krystal (@thekrissychula) September 7, 2016
From the lighthearted events to the serious topics and issues, Atlanta is showcasing its potential to be a very versatile show.
This is only the beginning. I can’t wait for the rest of the episodes.
#AtlantaFX was really good, props to everyone involved. Can't wait to watch future episodes.
— MrNeo (@neomaphage) September 7, 2016