‘Atlanta’ Review: “Sportin’ Waves”
Let me start off by saying that before I even saw Thursday’s episode of Atlanta, everyone was telling me how funny it was. It’s safe to say I went in with high expectations. I was not disappointed.
Right from the start of “Sportin’ Waves”, Atlanta once again managed to make a serious situation funny. Case in point, Al getting robbed at gunpoint by his plug. A serious situation made funny by child locks on the door, Brian Tyree Henry’s performance, and the fact that the dude said he was going to pay Al back.
I loved the whole sequence of Al and Earn visiting the offices of a streaming company. It was awkward from the beginning but something I could really imagine happening when artists in certain genres visit companies that promote black music but everyone in corporate, from the managers to the interns, aren’t people of color. Al’s demeanor throughout the visit had me chuckling the entire time.
Tracy is the character you know from the jump can’t be trusted. That’s why it was hilarious yet cringe-worthy to watch Earn give him the $4,000 Darius just gave him with the promise of the amount being doubled. My favorite Tracy moments are when he refuses to let Darius see his hair, his use of the no-chase policy to steal the shoes, and when he texted Earn. How nervous would you be if someone texted you “They’re on to you”?
I felt a little bad for Al because he doesn’t know who to trust and he has to deal with fans being awkward and stalkerish. I’m sure there are thousands of acoustic covers of rap songs like Amber’s on YouTube which makes that moment in the episode so funny. I am happy to see Darius and Al getting along again. We’ll have to see if they explain why they were cold towards each other in the premiere.
Final thoughts: I really expected Earn to be smarter with his money. Get it together, man! On another note, shoutout to Tracy’s socks and those waves. They did not disappoint!
I’m giving this week’s episode of Atlanta a 10/10.
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_.
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