Atlanta: Three Slaps
March 31, 2022 3:48 PM - Season 3, Episode 1 - Subscribe

Donald Glover's comedy/horror/drama show Atlanta is back with 2 new episodes dropped this week (four years after the season 2 finale). The premiere half-hour again defies expectations to introduce a new young protagonist and tell his increasingly intense story.
posted by mediareport (4 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Glover at the SXSW premiere of the new season:

“We just wanted to make a black fairytale. I remember sitting in the writers’ room and being like, ‘What do we write about?’ We just wanted to do short stories. Something I would want to watch.”

The dreamlike intro on Georgia's notoriously dangerous/haunted Lake Lanier with the conversation about whiteness set the stage for a really creepy story. I'd forgotten how much this show can really pile on the discomfort and the situation young Loquareeous finds himself in definitely goes there. It seemed familiar and it is: the episode is a reimagining of the real-life tragedy of Devonte Hart and his adopted siblings.

It's beautifully directed once again by Hiro Murai and written by Donald's brother Stephen, with the usual excellent use of odd musical choices and great acting by Christopher Farrar, who plays Loquareeous. It's suspenseful and well-done, and a sharp, unexpected choice to start the new season of one of the most idiosyncratic and unpredictable shows on television.
posted by mediareport at 5:33 PM on March 31, 2022

This was an incredible episode. Brilliant casting, too.
posted by Catblack at 6:23 PM on March 31, 2022 [1 favorite]

Wow that was heavy. Really well done, but super squirmy and uncomfortable.
posted by Nelson at 10:05 PM on April 9, 2022

A fairytale like the old Celtic ones, not Disney style. Be careful what you wish for, because returning from your adventure permanently damaged might be the best outcome you can hope for.

At least in this fairytale the children all lived. I hadn't heard of the Harts before, so thankyou for mentioning it. It felt so probable while I was watching that I thought it must be based on something, but it also had the usual surreal atmosphere of an Atlanta episode so I doubted myself.
posted by harriet vane at 8:55 AM on July 4, 2022

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