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Crabs in a Barrel 

Earn, Alfred and Darius get ready to go on tour in Europe.

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Hiro Murai

Writers:

Stephen Glover, Donald Glover (created by) | 3 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Glover ... Earnest 'Earn' Marks
Brian Tyree Henry ... Alfred 'Paper Boi' Miles
LaKeith Stanfield ... Darius (as Lakeith Stanfield)
Zazie Beetz ... Van
Khris Davis ... Tracy
RJ Walker ... Clark County
Nadjah Dabney Nadjah Dabney ... Driver
Mia Atehortua Mia Atehortua ... Lottie
Antwan Mills ... Christian
Sir Brodie ... Kenny
Greta Glenn ... Mrs. Granger
Johnnie Gordon ... Dontrelle
Jalyn Hall ... Shawn
Daniel Annone ... Young Guy
Jody Vain Jody Vain ... Credit Card Salesman
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Earn, Alfred and Darius get ready to go on tour in Europe.

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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Release Date:

10 May 2018 (USA) See more »

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Crabs in a Barrel See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Darius responds to being called "Mr. X" This is the first time the audience hears his last name. See more »

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Written and Performed by OJ Da Juiceman
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S2: Observant while also having an other-worldly detachment - not even a hint of 'difficult second album'
27 August 2018 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Everyone seems to be Donald Glover crazy at the moment, with the This is America video, his turn in Solo, and of course the return of this show for a second season. It made me wonder if it could live up to the hype, or if all the critical praise was really just mob rule rather than genuine individual feeling. It took almost no time to understand that Atlanta is even better in its second season than it was in its first.

The season takes a loose structure which continues Earn's management of Alfred's rap career, but within this there are many episodes which stand alone in that overall flow. One would expect that this could mean they feel like filler episodes, or make the season feel episodic. In truth they fit perfectly, stepping away to spend time with individual characters in episodes that are funny, telling, engaging, and well paced. In the broad sweep of the season, characters are moved forward, and in particular Earn's journey is engaging and honest. The individual threads move those characters forward mostly, although some are essentially a black Curb (which is no bad thing, as demonstrated in the great barber episode).

The meditative and other-worldly detached feeling to the show continues, and it has that mix of being in the world but also on the hazy edge of it looking in. As a tone it is very well constructed and consistently delivered, managing to be funny while also being engaging, dramatic, energetic, or creepy, depending on the specifics. The world of music business is within this, and it works even if it is not particularly subtle. We see the hangers-on, the fame-seekers, the impact of social media, and the many other pressures and realities. It helps ground the season in that main thread, allowing it to do more than this thread.

Unsurprisingly the show has already been okayed for a third season, and I hope it can continue to do as much as well as this season did.


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