Donald Glover's FX dramedy ATLANTA

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There's a looseness and ease to this show right from the jump that's not like anything else I've watched in a while, but then it gets real AF on a dime.

The scene on the bus with the man and the Nutella sandwich was super weird—I thought it may have even been a dream sequence—but then I remembered some of the real stories I've heard about Marta buses.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Thursday, 8 September 2016 03:23 (six years ago) link

Really liked the first couple episodes. I'm hoping it can go at least six or eight eps before he actually raps.

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Thursday, 8 September 2016 04:07 (six years ago) link

Same. He seems to keep Donald Glover and Childish Gambino separate, though, so maybe he never will!

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Thursday, 8 September 2016 04:49 (six years ago) link

I have to say, if some dude in a Batman mask showed up at my door asking if it was true that I lived there, I'd move asap.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Thursday, 8 September 2016 04:50 (six years ago) link

'I like Flo Rida. Moms need rap to.'

I loved the first two episodes, especially the second one.

Frederik B, Thursday, 8 September 2016 09:07 (six years ago) link

Can I measure your tree?

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Thursday, 8 September 2016 11:47 (six years ago) link

FX is showing the first episode on YouTube for those (like me) who don't have cable and didn't want to pay for it via Amazon Video or something:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qaqwio0bbG4

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Thursday, 8 September 2016 13:53 (six years ago) link

Glad this thread is here to remind me this is happening. Dude's been off my radar long enough that I'd almost forgotten how much I liked him on Community and hoped he'd skyrocket to whatever kind of success best suited him.

Our Meals Are Hot And Fresh! (Old Lunch), Thursday, 8 September 2016 14:18 (six years ago) link

Third episode is out there and just as good

groovypanda, Sunday, 11 September 2016 21:50 (six years ago) link

You know where the word ‘manage’ come from?
‘Manus’ latin for ‘hand’?
… Probably, but I’m gonna say no for the purpose of my argument… Manage come from the word ‘Man’, and that isn’t really your lane
My lane?
Yeah, I need Malcolm. You’re too Martin, and you know what they did to him? They killed him.
Didn’t they kill Malcolm too?
Nah, they say that, but nobody’s seen the body since the funeral!
… That’s how funerals work…

Frederik B, Sunday, 11 September 2016 23:09 (six years ago) link

This is really well filmed as well. Earn with a gun in his face, Darius waiting with a knife and a mask over his face, the shots from the prison with people staring out of windows. There's a visual comedy to it, though it's incredibly dark.

Frederik B, Sunday, 11 September 2016 23:11 (six years ago) link

I was late catching Episode 3, but is it out of the realm of possibility that show could maintain this level of quality for its whole run? Because this is absolutely the best new thing I've been into on tv (cable or broadcast) since The Americans and Orphan Black started, not that it's in any way like either of those. It's just that I want to COMMIT to loving this.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Saturday, 17 September 2016 04:54 (six years ago) link

i really need to give Americans another go

serge thoroughgoods (will), Saturday, 17 September 2016 16:59 (six years ago) link

This is pointed the right direction and very well executed. Cautiously more excited here than with the equally hyped but somewhat more underwhelming first two eps of Better Things.

thrusted pelvis-first back (ulysses), Saturday, 17 September 2016 17:06 (six years ago) link

the bullet in the cereal box gag really cracked me up

Darin, Saturday, 17 September 2016 18:43 (six years ago) link

Some brilliant laugh out loud moments in Episode 3 (the valet guy, for example)

groovypanda, Sunday, 18 September 2016 20:00 (six years ago) link

I...had no idea that was Dave Chappelle. What the hell is wrong with me? I'm actually jonesing for a new episode right now. Solid show so far, although my initial reaction was "this won't last past the first season". It has apparently been surprisingly well-received though.

viborg, Sunday, 18 September 2016 23:39 (six years ago) link

Is it gauche to name top drop that I know the director and he's a great guy?

carthago delenda est (mayor jingleberries), Monday, 19 September 2016 00:26 (six years ago) link

Name drop too

carthago delenda est (mayor jingleberries), Monday, 19 September 2016 00:27 (six years ago) link

That wasn't Chappelle.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4790467/?ref_=tt_cl_t7

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Monday, 19 September 2016 00:32 (six years ago) link

In my defense, it was all Wikipedia's fault.

viborg, Monday, 19 September 2016 03:32 (six years ago) link

This. Show. Is. BRILLIANT.

I cry, and watch my DivX's of Brass Eye to console myself.... (stevie), Monday, 19 September 2016 10:25 (six years ago) link

Yup. I want to watch the car ride with Shabazz Palaces over and over.

Frederik B, Monday, 19 September 2016 12:40 (six years ago) link

Four from four

groovypanda, Wednesday, 21 September 2016 20:16 (six years ago) link

Stoner philosopher dude is the fucking best.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Friday, 23 September 2016 03:09 (six years ago) link

Well this is the best thing on the box right now by miles. The tonal shifts between comedy and drama are executed in a seamless way and it has a brilliant cast. I have never been much bothered about Childish Gambino, but he is fab in this.

calzino, Friday, 23 September 2016 19:08 (six years ago) link

darius is my favorite character on television not named "elliot alderson"

if young slothrop don't trust ya i'm gon' rhyme ya (slothroprhymes), Friday, 23 September 2016 19:12 (six years ago) link

glad someone made a thread for this show bc it rules

at the end of the most recent ep, darius saying, "we're friends now!" was the most delightful thing

if young slothrop don't trust ya i'm gon' rhyme ya (slothroprhymes), Friday, 23 September 2016 19:13 (six years ago) link

Everything's made up stay woke

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Friday, 23 September 2016 20:09 (six years ago) link

fourth episode best yet

with this and better things (and i guess Louis) FX is killing it rn

tongue and cheek (stevie), Saturday, 24 September 2016 17:12 (six years ago) link

I think Louis is done, no?

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Saturday, 24 September 2016 17:42 (six years ago) link

i guess

tongue and cheek (stevie), Saturday, 24 September 2016 19:31 (six years ago) link

So did the show actually portray Justin Bieber as a black character or were they just calling him that? Either way, well done. And odd.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 30 September 2016 03:26 (six years ago) link

I <3 this show.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 30 September 2016 04:17 (six years ago) link

this show is great

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 11 October 2016 16:12 (five years ago) link

tonight's ep was incredible, didn't think pulling an Adult Swim midseason would be a good look but damn

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Wednesday, 12 October 2016 08:35 (five years ago) link

hit to miss ratio here is ridiculously high (in a good way) but i kinda thought most of the "adult swim" episode was weak, Chocolate Coco Cereal bit exempted.

the notes the loon doesn't play (ulysses), Sunday, 16 October 2016 20:23 (five years ago) link

Was that the latest one with the ads?

Spottie, Sunday, 16 October 2016 23:09 (five years ago) link

Yeah I thought that one was kinda weak. Just realizing Glover grew up like 15 minutes away from me in the Atlanta burbs

Heez, Monday, 17 October 2016 01:37 (five years ago) link

Yeah, he's a Stone Mountain kid, right?

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Monday, 17 October 2016 01:50 (five years ago) link

The level of anti-trans bigotry in that last episode was a bit much. I mean, the guy who wanted to switch races was basically just a proxy for trans people right? I guess they figured that outright transphobic "humor" would be unacceptable but as long as they aired their bigoted views in the context of switching races it was ok. The rest of the humor in that episode was pretty weak too (except the cereal commercial).

viborg, Monday, 17 October 2016 04:24 (five years ago) link

Yeah, he's a Stone Mountain kid, right?

yep, he wrote a plurality of the jokes about Kenneth coming from Stone Mountain on 30 Rock

Shakey δσς (sic), Monday, 17 October 2016 07:18 (five years ago) link

I thought the episode was a bit queasy as well, but it's worth noting that the link between transgender and transracial is made by 'Montague' not 'Atlanta'. The episode is first and foremost attacking respectability politics, it seemed to me, but it all becomes weird when the commercials seem so self aware, while the talkshow doesn't.

Frederik B, Monday, 17 October 2016 10:39 (five years ago) link

I haven't seen the episode yet but I highly doubt "trans racial" is mocking transgender. The term first had currency when Rachel dolezal claimed she was black and the kid they use (@r3trosp3ctro) who is "trans racial" had an online sketch at the time that went viral where he inverted the dolezal line as a joke

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Monday, 17 October 2016 15:50 (five years ago) link

I thought the part where the trams racial dude was acting white was the best part. Esp ratting out the black dude to the cops. "But I called the cops!"

Heez, Monday, 17 October 2016 17:21 (five years ago) link

worth noting that "adult swim" elements in that last episode went well beyond homage: the montague theme song incorporates the bumper music from Eric Andre and the reporter on the trans-racial bit was "Nathan Wielder"

the notes the loon doesn't play (ulysses), Monday, 17 October 2016 18:19 (five years ago) link

Paper Boi/Alfred is a great character.. his reactions are priceless.

Glover's Earn is the least interesting character, here.. his personality feels vague or lacking somehow

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Saturday, 22 October 2016 21:22 (five years ago) link

The callback joke towards the end of this episode was amazing.

groovypanda, Monday, 24 October 2016 07:55 (five years ago) link

"2 gangbangers hold a pastor & a drug dealer hostage in a stripclub during Katrina"

johnny crunch, Thursday, 27 October 2016 01:22 (five years ago) link

I didn't like the finale at all.

clemenza, Monday, 23 May 2022 02:54 (four months ago) link

yeah I was pretty disappointed, the Drake episode that focused on Van in S2 was one of the series' best

Vinnie, Monday, 23 May 2022 06:14 (four months ago) link

the van/darius episode in s3 keeps floating back into my mind

mh, Monday, 23 May 2022 13:23 (four months ago) link

i watched the first half of the Van episode and honestly idgi
Maybe the second half will explain it
maybe

Piggy Lepton (La Lechera), Monday, 23 May 2022 14:27 (four months ago) link

Kinda does but also not really worth it

Vinnie, Monday, 23 May 2022 15:22 (four months ago) link

I'm not sure if I did end up getting it. Dream/fantasy sequence is the obvious answer, her Amélie-like adventure brought on by guilt over Lottie, but the transition didn't make that clear.

clemenza, Monday, 23 May 2022 15:26 (four months ago) link

Damn! Italicized instead of hiding the text. Sorry.

clemenza, Monday, 23 May 2022 15:26 (four months ago) link

Skarsgård’a last few lines were great

mh, Monday, 23 May 2022 15:28 (four months ago) link

it was absolutely not a dream sequence, there wasn't even any ambiguity like there was in the edible adventure episode

in places all over the world, real stuff be happening (voodoo chili), Monday, 23 May 2022 15:29 (four months ago) link

anyway, i thought this episode was hilarious, one of the funniest of the season if not the funniest

in places all over the world, real stuff be happening (voodoo chili), Monday, 23 May 2022 15:30 (four months ago) link

for anyone wondering, my prior post about how maybe Van was going to show us how to be was definitely tongue-in-cheek. even I wasn't expecting this level of meltdown

mh, Monday, 23 May 2022 15:30 (four months ago) link

I don't think any of it's a dream/fantasy sequence, just an ongoing state of absurdity that this season has leaned into

mh, Monday, 23 May 2022 15:31 (four months ago) link

Read up a bit, and you're right, it's not a dream. I thought the whole thing was silly, even if it has all these artful references I just read about. I sat there the whole time thinking "this is ridiculous." And yes, I loved those other Van episodes like the Drake one.

clemenza, Monday, 23 May 2022 15:34 (four months ago) link

The funniest line drop for me was Van admitting she started this Amelie shtick a few weeks ago

mh, Monday, 23 May 2022 15:49 (four months ago) link

one thing this finale revealed is that van 100% definitely did steal that wig that the karen accused her of stealing lol

in places all over the world, real stuff be happening (voodoo chili), Monday, 23 May 2022 15:55 (four months ago) link

and it was likely the amelie wig

in places all over the world, real stuff be happening (voodoo chili), Monday, 23 May 2022 15:56 (four months ago) link

Good catch...I feel like I'm coming down too harshly on a show I've really admired. I thought about it some more, and here's the problem for me: stylistically, it's done in a broad, over-the-top manner that strongly suggests dream/fantasy. If it is for real, I think you need to tone that down quite a bit and somehow anchor it in the here and now. The celebrity cameo is not helpful in that regard.

clemenza, Monday, 23 May 2022 16:54 (four months ago) link

i don't think it was particularly out of step with the heightened reality that has always existed in this show, but mileage may vary, i guess

in places all over the world, real stuff be happening (voodoo chili), Monday, 23 May 2022 16:58 (four months ago) link

feels a lot like satire through magic realism to me tbh

mh, Monday, 23 May 2022 17:03 (four months ago) link

have we already forgotten the invisible car

mh, Monday, 23 May 2022 17:03 (four months ago) link

or, say, the entirety of that teddy perkins episode

in places all over the world, real stuff be happening (voodoo chili), Monday, 23 May 2022 17:07 (four months ago) link

I actually have forgotten the invisible car (Teddy Perkins was one of my least favourite episodes).

Maybe I'm over-explaining something much simpler: I like the real Van a lot, and hated her as that character.

clemenza, Monday, 23 May 2022 17:18 (four months ago) link

I had fun with this season but understand the frustrations many have with it.

Hopefully S4 will be more straightforward.

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Monday, 23 May 2022 17:46 (four months ago) link

I loved everything about this season. It was very discomfiting, as m/l explicitly intended.

If you were really hard core, you'd have thrown a full bottle (WmC), Monday, 23 May 2022 17:47 (four months ago) link

I just finished Ron Brownstein's Rock Me on the Water, about film/music/TV/Jerry Brown in early-'70s L.A., and one of the things it goes into is network interference in the early days of All in the Family/Mary Tyler Moore/MASH. I take it that such a thing barely exists these days. I'm not even talking about sex or profanity, more conceptually; it's almost inconceivable you could have a show where the three lead characters are not in four out of 10 episodes.

clemenza, Monday, 23 May 2022 21:06 (four months ago) link

I don't think Atlanta's level of rule breaking would be allowed in most other places, even now. Glover(s) got special allowances from FX/Hulu.

nickn, Monday, 23 May 2022 21:11 (four months ago) link

i would guess that it's less about "allowing" 4 episodes where the main cast doesn't appear, more like "lakeith is only available for 5 episodes, zazie can do 4, brian can do 6–how can we make this work?"

in places all over the world, real stuff be happening (voodoo chili), Monday, 23 May 2022 21:17 (four months ago) link

these folks are busy, and this fractured approach is probably more a result of busy schedules and covid regulations than anyone on the creative team would likely admit

in places all over the world, real stuff be happening (voodoo chili), Monday, 23 May 2022 21:18 (four months ago) link

Hadn't considered that, but it's still something to get the go-ahead; I would think most shows would just shut down (like Mindhunter did, so yes, xposts, maybe Atlanta's the exception right now) until everyone's available.

clemenza, Monday, 23 May 2022 23:01 (four months ago) link

this fractured approach is probably more a result of busy schedules and covid regulations

Yeah I figured that was the case, much like how Arrested Development S4 focused on one character at a time to accommodate busy schedules

It would be strange to hate the finale because of the surrealism, it's a show built around that. I just found the episode a lot more annoying than amusing, seems that everyone's mileage varies. I think I'd feel the same about Amelie if I watched that movie again now heh

Vinnie, Tuesday, 24 May 2022 01:52 (four months ago) link

I think they probably have a decent script backlog, and apparently all of this season (according to what I read) was written in 2019, when everyone was even more busy

mh, Tuesday, 24 May 2022 02:01 (four months ago) link

It would be strange to hate the finale because of the surrealism, it's a show built around that. I just found the episode a lot more annoying than amusing

Same for me, if I've been ambiguous about that; I didn't at all object to the weirdness or surrealism, just the specific idea and the execution of it.

clemenza, Tuesday, 24 May 2022 16:39 (four months ago) link

What was the significance of the photo in the post credits scene?

groovypanda, Tuesday, 24 May 2022 16:44 (four months ago) link

the white guy from the beginning of the season has the same name as him?

dan selzer, Tuesday, 24 May 2022 16:56 (four months ago) link

Ah, cheers

groovypanda, Tuesday, 24 May 2022 17:21 (four months ago) link

two months pass...

We be in the city. OFFICIAL TRAILER for #AtlantaFX: The Final Season. September 15 on FX. Stream on @Hulu. pic.twitter.com/LdxidH63oI

— AtlantaFX (@AtlantaFX) August 2, 2022

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Sunday, 7 August 2022 00:32 (one month ago) link

for the final season, they’re taking it back to where it all began

wait that’s still the title of the show, wtf

mh, Sunday, 7 August 2022 14:04 (one month ago) link

Can't wait!

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Sunday, 7 August 2022 14:21 (one month ago) link

I was pretty up-to-date with Top 40 hip-hop in 1993, so I'm surprised I have no memory at all of Paperboy's "Ditty," which I stumbled over when I started looking into the origins of the name Paper Boi--an amalgamation, I guess, of Big Boi and Paperboy. Anyway, I started down that road because of a book I'm reading on the USFL. I wanted to know if the name was maybe a reference to an obscure corner of league history having to do with Greg Fields' nickname for a couple of teammates: "The two were heading for a meeting, and Fields looked at Kraus--who was being paid $1 million over six years--and said, 'Wellllllll, fuck--there's the big paper boy!'" Fields starting calling the two teammates "the big paper boys," and he became known as Big Paper.

Maybe the 1993 Paperboy took his name from all of that.

clemenza, Sunday, 7 August 2022 15:12 (one month ago) link

I thought paper was a straightforward reference to money? (all about that paper, boy)

Piggy Lepton (La Lechera), Sunday, 7 August 2022 15:26 (one month ago) link

I'm looking for meaning in all the wrong places--I'm sure it's a straightforward as you say. (In which case 1993 Paperboy was at least thinking along the same lines as 1984 Greg Fields.)

clemenza, Sunday, 7 August 2022 15:31 (one month ago) link

great use of Cousteau in the trailer

fpsa, Sunday, 7 August 2022 16:24 (one month ago) link

in the us, the paperboy delivered your morning paper. in atlanta, paper boi gets that paper

mh, Sunday, 7 August 2022 19:06 (one month ago) link

Halfway between, Tony Soprano, standing at the end of his driveway.

https://phildellio.tripod.com/paper.jpg

clemenza, Sunday, 7 August 2022 19:48 (one month ago) link

There were/are many rappers out there named Paperboy (with various spellings, etc).

The Triumphant Return of Bernard & Stubbs (Raymond Cummings), Sunday, 7 August 2022 19:49 (one month ago) link

This will never not be hilarious.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1kmT_Yv3Ss

The Triumphant Return of Bernard & Stubbs (Raymond Cummings), Sunday, 7 August 2022 19:51 (one month ago) link

yes!

mh, Monday, 8 August 2022 03:34 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

This has started up again--final season, right? I'm just finishing a rewatch of The Americans, will get started right after.

clemenza, Saturday, 17 September 2022 15:33 (two weeks ago) link

Yep. We’re back!

The Triumphant Return of Bernard & Stubbs (Raymond Cummings), Sunday, 18 September 2022 02:07 (two weeks ago) link

First episode was hilarious

groovypanda, Wednesday, 21 September 2022 08:13 (one week ago) link


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