Atlanta: Go for Broke
September 14, 2016 11:53 AM - Season 1, Episode 3 - Subscribe

This man Earn broke as hell. How you gone go out on a date with no money? Umm mhmm these Atlanta dudes trifling. But Ok, Paper Boi might really be about that life tho.
posted by filthy light thief (5 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
That's the episode summary from IMDb, which isn't my favorite, but actually does a decent job summarizing the episode.

This episode seemed more serious than the prior two, but hints of humor to lighten some heavy moments. I wonder if we'll see the four (or just three) Migos in the future. And nice use of Shabazz Palaces to set a frickin' creepy "into the woods" mood.

With that, here's the music from this episode:
* Skrt by Kodak Black
* Shoutout by Cousin Stizz
* Cook It Up by Migos
* Get It Shawty by Lloyd
* An Echo from the Hosts That Profess Infinitum by Shabazz Palaces
* Gang by Max P
* Spray the Champagne by Migos
posted by filthy light thief at 12:19 PM on September 14, 2016 [2 favorites]

I really like this. Reminds me of Curb Your Enthusiasm except with serious parts (an observation I made in the earlier episodes which became more hilarious to me with the thing with the briefcase key). I love all the actors especially the actor who plays Alfred - he gets a great range of emotions on his face in a way that's really subtle & expressive at the same time and I love that.
posted by bleep at 10:26 PM on September 14, 2016

I liked this best of the 3 so far - those AHS promos are still creeping me the fuck out, but maybe FX will dial back the frequency a little once that season starts or there's another series they want to promote?

Reminds me of Curb Your Enthusiasm except with serious parts

Maybe that's my problem - I could never get into Curb or other shows where a lot of the humor is embarrassment-based. I like that Atlanta gives Earn scenes in which he gets to be the winner sometimes (like his putting douchebag DJ white-bro on the spot over his Flo Rida story in episode 2).
posted by oh yeah! at 7:53 AM on September 17, 2016 [1 favorite]

I don't really like embarrasment based humor either but I see it more like the humor of seeing someone else having blundered into a seemingly no-win situation and seeing how they get out of it, because we've all been there.
posted by bleep at 2:13 PM on September 17, 2016

I could do without the violence. The guy playing paperboi has the best expressions though, and I actually like him more than Earn. Of course Darius is great too. I just wish they would dial back the shootings. With so much of black media, for us to be on screen there has to be some overriding thing explaining why - someone in danger, someone getting shot or attacked or killed. I love that there are a lot of good moments where that isn't the case at all in this show, but really, every episode or every other episode is a bit much. Hopefully that gets better, because I'd just love to watch all the characters doing things. They're all compelling. What siblings does Darius have? What about the guy who had the cracked phone screen who Earn worked with in episode one? I even want to see what that woman is doing who was getting people to sign up when they couldn't. I don't need boyz in the hood made into a comedy with the n word every other word.

But anyway, Alfred (paperboi, but I can't stand how so many black characters get known by goofy names like "t-dog" and "dash" instead of actual names) has the best reactions to things that are happening. He's like at Dorothy from Golden Girls level.

If they gave me some more background about Darius and how he got to be that way, I'd love him even more.
posted by cashman at 6:20 PM on September 18, 2016 [2 favorites]

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