Wednesday, October 19, 2022

What I’m Watching: Atlanta

Atlanta: Season 4, Episode 6 “Crank Dat Killer” (B+)

This was another episode that felt a bit like a dream turning over into a nightmare, but with the focus this show has tended to bring to its intriguing and inventive storylines. It’s possible that there should have been a trigger warning for the indiscriminate shooting that went on in a mall, but this was also an instance of someone firing repeatedly because he had a particular target in mind: Paper Boi. The notion that a serial killer or just generally disgruntled individual would go after all the people involved in one trend or action is something mostly reserved for the world of film and television, and of course in this case it involved two people who desperately wanted to get the chance to collaborate with Paper Boi. One of them wasn’t so lucky since he happened to be in the way at a moment where both of them were about to get killed, and he’s not likely to recover from the misery of seeing an idol and then just being shoved into a glass wall by him. Some Guy Named Doug, on the other hand, did happen to be in the right place at the right time and got himself a joint track out of the whole ordeal after Alfred had successfully avoided him time after time by ruining recording studio technology. I appreciated Darius’ casual openness to kissing Earn when the man selling the shoes said that was the only price for the impossible-to-find sneakers, but Earn was not into it at all. Him getting shot while the kiss was happening made the whole situation even weirder and just hard to shake.

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