Tuesday, March 29, 2022

What I’m Watching: Atlanta

Atlanta: Season 3, Episode 2 “Sinterklaas is Coming to Town” (B)

We may have gotten our regular characters back, but this still wasn’t a straightforward episode. Not having the players we know interact with each other but instead with other people makes it more interesting to see how their lives are even if it might be nice to have conversation other than momentary exchanges or Darius being insanely high to the degree that Van doesn’t even know what he’s saying. The relationship between Van and Earn is particularly interesting because they’ve been through a lot and are now at different stages of their lives, and him not being able to pick her up from the airport wasn’t a great start, which led to a surprisingly casual encounter in the hallway late at night. Alfred was reveling in the luxury that he was being treated to in Amsterdam, but unfortunately the two women that he started a nice night with made enough of a mess to get him arrested. His experience in custody was a far cry from a jail cell in the United States, and of course that would result in him being disappointed that he was bailed out so quickly. The Zwarte Piet was very off-putting and predictably led to Alfred pulling out of the concert, which resulted in someone dressed in that offensive garb taking a beating that the furious Dirk meant for Earn. The living funeral was an interesting concept, but watching someone be suffocated in front of a crowd took it to an entirely different level that was understandably disturbing for Van to watch.

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