02 April 2017


He works.

He really really works. I'm, of course, talking about Donald Glover.

I love 30 Rocks. I'm not really into rap/hiphop but I dig some of Childish Gambino's songs. But I really, absolutely adore Troy Barnes. And Troy has so much Donald in him. And Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna love him they returned to Community on the condition that Donald was on board.

So yeah, I had high hopes for Atlanta. That's why it was a bummer that I struggled through the first three episodes. I blamed it on Donald wants to make people feel black. And yeah, despite many critics praises, the show was called challenging and even surreal.

Leaving my comfort zone (these days it's Castle), I continued watching and I started getting the hang of Earn and the other characters. And the next thing I know I was on the last episode and it was brilliant. And I felt I was missing out. I had gaps to fill and questions need answers. So I started watching again from the first episode.

It might be wishful thinking but I enjoyed the rewatch. The show is smart—whatever that means. (You can say it's smart unlike Silicon Valley is smart because it's filled with nerdy jokes, but smart as the characters make dead-point remarks on some issues and that Earn is a Princeton drop out and all that. That too, but it's more than that) It's beautifully shot (Hiro Murai directs music videos, including Chlidish Gambino's) with details that are easily overlooked on casual watching. It is surreal but grounded—if that makes any sense at all. Earn is surely not Troy, but there is sincerity that I love about Troy emanates from Earn. I had a few LOL moments but in general the comedy is subtle. Donald being a stand up comedian and his constant one-liner in Community sort of prepare you for 'something broader, more accessible and overtly comedic', but Atlanta is just... that. And I'm content with that just like Earn is content of what he becomes in the finale.

And the music, of course, is just perfect

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