In more great TV this season, I've been super tuned in to the new show Atlanta on FX. I'm not gunna lie, the promo commercials that were out months ago on this show confused the hell out of me. I didn't understand what was going on at all. I'm pretty sure I'm not alone in that statement. Now that I've actually had the pleasure of watching this, I totally get it.
Atlanta is a new comedy/drama ("drama-dy") created by none other than your favorite rapper-singer-actor Donald Glover b.k.a. Childish Gambino. I don't have to tell you that this man is pretty much a genius. He's very talented and this new "baby" of his is yet another testament to that. The show is based on two cousins (one a local rapper, the other his presumed manager) coming up with ways to provide for themselves and their families by getting into the rap scene. Sounds typical, I know, but the depth of the characters is what really draws the viewer in here.
Earn is the star of the show. He's probably someone you would meet in real life and forget soon after. Not very exciting, but somehow not boring. He is, however, absolutely, positively BROKE! The way Earn speaks of himself is funny because he knows he's broke, but he still has a vision. It just seems that he never is able to fully immerse himself in it because he is drowning in broke-ness. Every move he makes is based on a "come-up", yet, he doesn't strike me as ingenuine at all. He lives with his baby mama because his parents kicked him out and they have an on-again off-again relationship (which is a little weird because she does date other guys). He learns early on in the show from his co-worker that his cousin Alfred (rapper name Paper Boi) is now a local up-and-coming rapper and immediately tries to reconnect with him and becomes his manager (cha-ching?). Now, at first I was like uhhhhh....that's foul. But honestly, they both need each other and you start to see that as the show picks up.
My favorite scene with Earn was when he took his BM on a date, trying to be suave, KNOWING he was not financially prepared. I mean, how many guys have been in that situation??? (And don't lie!!). Then he calls the credit card company to report fraud after he sees that bill! LMAO! I fell out!
We're already in episode 4 so I can't go through it all but I'll be reviewing this show after every episode. Put this on your DVR! You won't regret it! And for those who've been watching, what are your thoughts on the show?