‘Atlanta’ Recap and Review: “Woods”
This week’s episode of Atlanta focused on Al on the anniversary of his mother’s death. The episode kicked off with Al sleeping in and imagining his mom stopping in for a visit and complaining about his laziness. Later in the day, Earn called to check in on him. When he finally got up, Darius offered to make him food that he turned down. When he heads out with Sierra (who he told Darius is clearly not his girlfriend), she confided that it’s nice to be around someone who gets her schedule. Although he tried not to, he smiled at her excitement when his song came on the radio.
The pair went shopping and then to get pedicures with Sierra telling him more than once that he needed a new manager to boost his brand and get him free stuff. When she took a picture of them together hoping to post it on Instagram and create some buzz, Al got upset and left.
Things take a turn on his walk home. He ran into three guys who acted like fans before they robbed him at gunpoint. They get away with his wallet and watch, but he’s able to avoid getting shot by running into the woods. After hiding for a while, he wonders in the woods and comes across a homeless man. As the night set in, Al was still lost and ran into the same man again.
The man called him stubborn and pulled a knife on him saying that if he didn’t run, he was going to kill him and take his belongings. After running, Al ended up in the parking lot of a gas station. Inside the snack shop, a fan recognized him and Al took a picture with him despite his dirty and bloody appearance. The episode ended with Al telling the young man to be safe.
The Atlanta team delivered yet another episode that was deeper than it appeared. I’m kind of in awe of how a show can have its core characters interact so sparsely throughout the season and still deliver strong episodes. The old man in the woods was almost scarier than the guys who were after Al. It was interesting to see Al in a different way.
This week, he cried and dealt with a lot of emotions. Brian Tyree Henry who plays Al shared in a recent interview that the episode was hard because he’s still dealing with the grief of losing his own mother. Bravo to you Brian for the openness you gave us. I feel like everyone is going to need some therapy by the time robbin’ season is over.
I’m giving this week’s episode of Atlanta a 10 out of 10.
Atlanta airs Thursdays at 10 PM on FX
Kira McCall covers entertainment for MFST. She’s a freelance writer and alum of Towson University where she studied advertising, public relations, and creative writing. Follow her on Twitter at cocovanilla45 (GirlsofManyFandoms) and kiramira_.