Season 2 of my favorite show, ATLANTA, will premier on FX Thursday March, 1st.
I remember the pure sadness I felt after Season 1 of ATLANTA. That not only did I not have another episode to look forward to the following week, but it was announced that the show would not be back until 2018. Mind you, the last episode of Season 1 was released in November 2016.
Back then, 2018 seemed like forever away, but Donald Glover had to go be in a Star Wars and I completely understood. Season 1 felt like the spark of a new era when I first watched it and little did I know that I was right. Only a few months after it’s last episode aired, Jordan Peel’s acclaimed thriller ‘Get Out’ was released. Girls Trip broke box office records, a live action reboot of The Lion King was announced, and currently Black Panther is killing it in the box office. It’s like “BAM! BAM! BAM!” A black excellence chain reaction and nothing was the same. ATLANTA Season 1 went on to rack up two Golden Globes and two Emmy’s, making Season 2 one of 2018’s most highly anticipated comedy series.
So in honor of ATLANTA Season 2 (aka ‘Robbin’ Season’), I want to take a look back at the many questions that Season 1 left unanswered.
How Long Has Earn Been Living In A Storage Container?
When we last left off in the ATLANTA Season 1 finale, Earn (Donald Glover) left his jacket inside of an Uber. He spends most of the episode panicked about getting the jacket back. It wasn’t a particularly remarkable looking jacket, but we soon learn that it’s what’s inside the jacket’s pocket that is of extreme importance. Earn eventually gets his windbreaker back and the valuable key that he so desperately needed. The episode ends with him using the key to open a storage unit. We, the audience, find out that he’s been homeless and sleeping in it the entire time. Looking back, it makes total sense. He doesn’t have a job. He sleeps over at his baby mama’s when she’s not upset with him. There was also that one episode where Van picked him up from a random woman’s apartment one morning.
Was he fucking her just for a place to sleep? Most importantly will Earn still be homeless in Season 2?
Will Van Find Another Job?
In episode episode 6, ‘Value’, Earn’s baby mama/sometimes girlfriend Van meets up with a bestie she hasn’t seen in awhile. Like many long term friendships, Van and her friend Jayde have drifted apart and lead very different lives.
Jayde is a basketball WAG who loves the lavish lifestyle the men in her life afford her. Van is a single mother, with a natural aesthetic and a scrub for a co-parent. The one thing that brings them together is hotboxing a sedan in a multi-tiered parking lot. The only problem is that Van is a teacher with a scheduled drug test the next morning. Oops! Van tries all the standard ‘pass a drug test at the last minute’ tricks but after failing miserably, Van does the noble thing and admits to smoking weed the night before. As most black people know, doing the right thing in a work environment is rarely rewarded. As employees we are usually seen as replaceable and thus Van’s admission is also her demise. She is immediately fired.
Now Van and Earn’s daughter Lottie is now left with two unemployed parents. Will Van find another job in Season 2? Will she enlist the ACLU’s help to get her teaching gig back?
Was Darius Able To Flip That Mutt Into Prize Winning Cane Corso Puppies?
The most anti-climactic episode of ATLANTA’s first season is hands down episode 4, ‘The Streisand Effect’. So much so that Season 2 has to offer fans some sort of resolution! Because if not, then what tf was it’s purpose?
Most of the episode focuses on Earn trying to sell his phone in order to get some extra cash to give to Van for their daughter, Lottie. Darius convinces Earn that if he trades in his cell phone for a vintage sword, he can flip that sword for way more than he would have gotten for the phone. So naturally Earn gets the sword. The rest of the episode is just a big wormhole of Earn and Darius trading the sword for a dog, and the dog, for nothing….at the moment. Like all ‘good’ investments, you don’t initially see a return until later, which pisses Earn off because he needs the cash and he needs it now! But Darius quickly re-assures him that the Cane Corso breed dog they acquired will yield high priced Cane Corso puppies. At some point, and that it’s worth the wait.
Will we ever find out if trading in your phone for a sword, a sword for a dog, and a dog for a potential R.O.E is sound financial advice?
What Made Earn Drop Out Of Princeton In The First Place?
Perhaps the biggest mystery of all is why Earn dropped out of Princeton? One would assume that if you had the chops to make it into the same Ivy League university as Michelle Obama, JFK, and Jeff Bezos that you had your shit together at one point in time. So why is Earn fucking up so badly now? Did he experience some sort of trauma while in school? Did he suffer from imposter syndrome amongst his predominately white and wealthy classmates? Or did he simply just lack direction? The latter combined with sky high yearly tuition is enough to send anyone into a spiral, but ATLANTA failed to explain just why Earn is in his current predicament. We need answers!!
Are Sushi Flavored SunFlower Seeds Real?
Even if you are a fan of the show, you may not have noticed this ‘Blink and you’ll miss it’ intense off-screen discussion between Darius and Paper Boi.
In the same Season Finale where Earn leaves his jacket in an Uber. Darius and Paper Boi have a hilarious discussion about Sushi Flavored Sunflower Seeds. It’s an easy convo to miss because the primary discussion being had in this scene is between Earn on his cellphone trying to coordinate a jacket pickup with the Uber driver. Honestly the only reason I noticed the side conversation about strange sunflower seed flavors, is because I watched the episode for the second time with Closed Captioning on. While Earn is on the phone trying to get his jacket back, Darius and Paper Boi are sitting on the infamous meet-up couch. I was able to find the transcript for those of you who may have missed this gem of a dialogue:
Darius – Speaking of money, how do you think these sunflower seeds make money? They only 75 cents.
Paper Boi – I don’t know man… [can’t hear, but he compares it to something]
Darius – And now they comin’ out with all of these different flavors. You got BBQ … teriyaki … sushi
Paper Boi – Sushi nigga?
Darius – … catfish. You got all kinds of different flavors.
Paper Boi – I don’t love on them sushi seeds man.
Darius – No, they’re delicious.
Paper Boi – Sushi sunflower seeds?
Darius – Yeh, yeh.
Paper Boi – Why you don’t get those?
Darius – Well, I mean, I feel guilty.
Paper Boi – Guilty? Why you feel guilty?
Darius – I care about the animals and I don’t really support sushi hunting. It’s a bigger issue than people talk about.
Paper Boi – Wait, how is that … It’s not like they killing sushi and putting them on the seeds bruh.
Darius – Oh, so that’s artificial?
Paper Boi – They’re artificial… mind blown right.
Darius – I wonder why … it’s just not real sushi.
Paper Boi – I don’t know man
Will Darius and Paper Boi get to the bottom of the Sushi Seed mystery?
Find out when Season 2 of ATLANTA premiers on FX Thursday March 1st.