‘Atlanta’ Review: “Teddy Perkins”
Thursday’s episode of Atlanta on FX was by far one of, if not the weirdest thus far. In the episode, Darius heads out of town with a Uhaul to pick up a piano after finding out about it via an online chatroom. Things start off a bit funny as Darius draws on a “Southern Made” hat to make it say “U Mad” much to the displeasure of a caucasian lady in the store’s parking lot.
Things start getting weird when the current owner of the piano steps out of the shadows of his mansion-like home looking like he’s had a lot of plastic surgery or he’s wearing a mask from The Purge. It doesn’t help that he had a weird voice too. Weirder, all the old pictures of him show him as a black man.
Things start feeling like Get Out when the man, Teddy Perkins, wonders away from Darius into the upstairs part of the house to supposedly take care of his musician brother Benny who has an illness that keeps him from going into the sunlight.
When Darius hears someone playing piano and follows the sound, Teddy tells him Benny is asleep and to go back downstairs.
Reminiscent of Get Out, Darius calls Al to tell him how strange the situation is and we get a bit of humor. Al and the others tell him to leave and forget about the piano, but Darius is determined to get what he came for and I almost wanted to yell at my TV. Darius finally gets the piano after upsetting Teddy when discussing his abusive father and his desire to turn the house into a museum paying homage to other demanding (abusive) fathers like Joe Jackson and Serena Williams’ father.
I was almost afraid to be watching the episode in the dark when the elevator meant to take Darius to the first floor ended up in the basement. There he wanders out and comes across a person covered in clothing from head to toe and wearing sunglasses. The relief of realizing Benny does exist doesn’t last long as he writes out on a chalkboard that Teddy will kill them both and he needs Darius to get the gun out of the attic.
My face the moment Darius walked outside to see that Teddy’s car had been moved and was blocking him in:
When Teddy held Darius at gunpoint and started talking about a sacrifice I was super nervous. For a moment, I thought Darius’ attempt to make amends for the evil done by Teddy’s father and relate to the man’s story would work. I certainly wasn’t expecting Benny to roll off of the elevator with his own gun and kill his brother before shooting himself in the head.
I’m just glad Darius made it out physically okay. He’s always talking about crazy stuff and conspiracy theory type things so I know that this will be on his mind probably for the rest of his life. I’m also wondering how the guys will react when they hear Darius’ story. Sometimes Atlanta skips ahead in the timeline from episode to episode, so we don’t always see the immediate reaction to what went down previously.
I’m giving this week’s episode of Atlanta a 10/10 for the creepiness that kept me fully engaged. It was different but that’s what makes the show worth a watch every week. I would never have guessed that Teddy was played Donald Glover himself.
Atlanta airs Thursdays at 10 PM EST 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_.