Monday, November 7, 2022

What I'm Watching: Atlanta (Penultimate Episode)

Atlanta: Season 4, Episode 9 “Andrew Wyeth. Alfred's World.” (B)

I guess there’s something to be said about simplicity, which is what this second-to-last episode offered, just following Alfred on his “safe farm” as he fought nature and almost lost. I was amused to recognize the episode’s featured guest star, Steve Coulter, from the other very different role he’s had this season on “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” portraying Holden Holliway, Jen’s soulless new boss. Alfred didn’t seem sure what to think of him when he saw the “We don’t call the police” sign and then expressed that he knew Alfred was just going to buy what he needed from Amazon rather than waiting for him to order it, but ultimately he had some good advice that Alfred seemed determined not to follow. He didn’t want to talk about whether the feces were wet or not and laughed off the idea that he was going to have to kill the feral hogs before they killed him. Yet that’s precisely what happened, though Alfred may have been in more danger from the tractor that he struggled to fix and then finally did just long enough for it to nearly roll over on him and kill him. Escaping that fate and then having to contend with the hog lunging at him gave him exactly the adrenaline rush he needed to pretty much beat it to death. Earn’s phone call made things seem less intense, and ending with him laughing as they talked made it all feel a lot more serene and relaxed. My favorite line was Earn’s response to Alfred suggesting that Captain Phillips couldn’t get sunburnt when he very clearly meant the Somali pirate played by Barkhad Abdi and not Tom Hanks.

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