[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Atlanta” Season 2, Episode 1, “Alligator Man.”]
Welcome back to “Atlanta,” where the more things change, the more they stay the same. While the premiere offers a bounty of enticing new developments — namely a tragic, telling, and seemingly disconnected first scene — the episode as a whole matches its distinct tone with the insightful comedy we’ve come to expect from Donald Glover’s Emmy-winning series. It still feels like “Atlanta,” even if we’re entering a darker season.
Just look at the title: The second season isn’t just “Atlanta” anymore. Nor is it “Atlanta” Season 2. It’s “Atlanta: Robbin’ Season,” and in case anyone was wondering why that’s the title or how it would affect an already outstanding show, Glover & Co. answered the second question right off the bat and explicitly addressed the former shortly thereafter.
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