FX | Thursdays, 10PM
Starring Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Stanfield, Zazie Beetz
It's been almost a year-and-a-half since the finale of Season 1 aired and we saw Princeton dropout, Earnest "Earn" Marks, closing the door on his secret storage unit, which is essentially his studio apartment. Season 2, aka Robbin' Season, kicks off with exactly that. Glover described the second chapter of his show as "eat or be eaten" and in The A, around the holidays, residents are often robbed of their gifts and such.
Penned by Glover himself and, as always, well-directed by Hiro Murai, episode one is still on par with the previous season. It's comedic. It's outlandish. It's awkward. Earn is still in search of a better place to call home, Alfred is under house arrest, and Darius listens to heavy metal. I did wish Vanessa was in the episode because Zazie Beetz is a great actress, but the episode still shined without her presence.
The main focus, however, was on Paper Boi's father and how fucked up he is. Played by an immaculate Katt Williams, it was incredible that Glover and Co. was even able to book him based on his multiple run-ins with the police in real life. Also, Florida Man? Genius. The cadence and perfection is still very present from the first season, but I'm excited to see how it contrasts with Robbin' Season and maybe (hopefully) we'll get another episode like "B.A.N." ★★★★★
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