‘Atlanta’ Season Two Premiere Review: “Alligator Man”
Donald Glover hit a high note with viewers and critics with the first season of his FX series, Atlanta. He serves as the show’s producer and one of its writers. He’s even directed two episodes. Thursday, the show returned for season two aka Robbin’ Season.
Just like season one, the series premiere presented scenes and ideas before completely twisting them or having something unexpected happen. The opening scene of the premiere was one of those moments. You have two young men, Curtis and an unnamed character, talking about buying drugs while one plays FIFA and you expect them to hit up this fast food place and buy weed. Instead, the pair robbed the restaurant. They surely weren’t expecting one of the employees to be armed with an automatic gun.
During the episode, we see Earn still struggling. He’s homeless, struggling to pay for classes required after his arrest, and trying his best to stay on Al’s good side. Staying on Al’s good side means running errands like checking in on his uncle Willy, also known as The Alligator Man to his neighbors.
Darius, who still delivers the series’ out there lines and humor in the premiere, drives Earn to his meeting and then to his uncle’s place after Yvonne (played by Monique Grant) threatens to call the police on Willy. Atlanta does an amazing job of finding humor in situations that are also still very serious. With Katt Williams playing Willy, his scenes were bound to be funny.
Between the seriousness of the police threatening to pull Willy out his house and the tense discussion between Earn and Willy, we get lines that made us laugh. For example, Willy bringing up Florida Man, backing up Darius’ idea of the dangerous man. Favorite moment of the episode? Willy sprinting down the street after releasing the alligator.
Final Thoughts on Last Week’s Atlanta
Overall, this was a good episode. The show has an interesting mellowness that balances out the humor and the subject matter. I’m not sure how the writers will incorporate the concept of “robbin’ season” (the months before Christmas when the number of robberies goes up because people want to get money during the holidays) into the season’s plotline.
I’m interested to find out what’s going on between Darius and Al since they seemed to be beefing. I’m also curious to see what Van is up to since she wasn’t in the season premiere. I was not expecting Katt Williams to appear on the series, but Donald is good at having unexpected cast appearances. It was nice seeing him in a somewhat serious role. This episode wasn’t a laugh out loud episode, but I enjoyed it.
I’m giving Alligator Man a 7/10.
Atlanta airs on FX Thursdays at 10 PM
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.