Understanding what’s truly occurring with out the psychological crutch of narrative is what Glover and the spectacular workforce behind Atlanta have been doing for 2, occurring three seasons now. First premiering in 2016 on FX, Atlanta follows the “story” of ascendant Atlanta rapper Alfred “Paper Boi” Miles (Brian Tyree Henry), his buddy Darius Epps (LaKeith Stanfield), his Princeton-dropout cousin-turned-manager Earnest “Earn” Marks (Glover), and Earn’s on-again-off-again girlfriend Vanessa “Van” Keefer (Zazie Beetz).
The arc of Paper Boi’s music profession offers the framework for the moment-mining that Atlanta is understood for. When tuning in to a brand new episode of the sequence, no viewer can have a dependable expectation of what they’re about to expertise. Any given installment may function Earn working the logistics of Paper Boi’s newest live performance, presenting a dispatch from a fictional native cable channel, or sending Paper Boi into the woods for a journey of Georgian magical realism.
One episode particularly, season 2’s “Teddy Perkins,” has turn out to be one thing of a contemporary horror TV basic. That half-hour finds Darius visiting the mansion of the reclusive titular musician to purchase a piano solely to turn out to be a prisoner to the person with a pale, mask-like face (performed by Glover underneath sheets of corpse-white make-up).
“The trustworthy reality is a whole lot of the occasions once we’re speaking about these items [genre episodes] they don’t really feel that totally different from anything that we’re doing,” govt producer and author Stefani Robinson says. “Teddy Perkins is a good instance. That episode for us was extra humorous than it was scary. It was extra about how eerie this character was and the way ridiculous we may conceive of a personality.”
Intentional or not, the surreal intersection of horror and comedy continues apace in Atlanta’s long-awaited third season. Although the present hasn’t been on the air since Could of 2018, as a consequence of Glover’s busy schedule adopted by the COVID-19 pandemic interrupting manufacturing, when audiences tune in to season 3’s first episode, they received’t see Earn, Paper Boi, Darius, or Van… no less than not instantly.
As an alternative, season 3 opens with a quiet second shared between two fishermen on a lake within the Georgia countryside at night time. The second is darkish, eerie, and successfully units up season 3’s themes of curses, whiteness, and the curse of whiteness.