Tuesday, November 15, 2022

What I’m Watching: Atlanta (Series Finale)

Atlanta: Season 4, Episode 10 “It Was All a Dream”

This isn’t the kind of show that was going to end in a way that actually wrapped up any of its storylines, and therefore ending on an uncertain note that felt a lot like “Inception” was oddly appropriate. It’s hardly surprising that Darius would be into sensory deprivation since he’s always colored outside the lines. He did get a bit too into it in this case, and his Judge Judy test of his reality wasn’t as reliable as he had hoped. It was jarring to see him come out of the tank twice within a few seconds, and he was intent on telling others that they either were in that imagined mode or not, which didn’t seem to be the case. Running into his ex was quite the wild experience, and then he burst right into that Black-owned sushi spot to save his friends from some weird fate in the fancy pink car he stole from the valet. Van encouraging Earn and Alfred to try the restaurant even though she wasn’t even into it and they were constantly thinking about the Popeye’s across the street was a peculiar endeavor to dominate this show’s final outing, but it also felt totally on-brand, especially as both Van and Alfred tried to get away from the horrific experience while Earn continued to try to find a bright side. This show hasn’t always been consistent, but when it has, it’s been hard to forget. I’ll be eager to see what all these people do next, particularly Donald Glover’s subsequent projects behind the camera.

Series finale: B+
Series grade: B
Season MVP: Zazie Beetz as Van
Season grade: B+
Series MVP: Zazie Beetz
Best Season: Season 1
Best Episode: “Cancer Attack

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