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Atlanta Episode 4: “The Streisand Effect” Recap

“Me and my mans make baby sneakers… for adults!”

Everybody has a hustle just like everybody has a price.  This is especially true in our digital age where everything is a commodity. Where genuine emotion and thought are distilled down to fifteen second YouTube clips and Harambe t shirts.  This week, Paperboi learns a lesson about the game from a very unusual source. Zan sidles up to him and Earn outside da cloob like a living, breathing Buzzfeed listicle and he instantly rubs them the wrong way. Zan is an unashamed self-promoter, always angling for a soundbite or a photo op. He also makes profuse use of the word “nigga”. No one is really sure if Zan is half black/half Chinese or Dominican or Indian. One thing’s for sure, though. This Chinese ninja really enjoys throwing out lowercase “n” bombs and it makes Paperboi really uncomfortable in the same way Justin Bieber makes me uncomfortable when he speaks with a blaccent.  I blame Usher. Because Zan iss a shameless self-promoter, he is really trying to make this chance (Or was it?) encounter go viral with the help of some cheesy product placement and a picture for the ‘gram.  For better or for worse, Zan is a marketing genius and realizes that hits, likes and page visits are a transferable currency in the online world.

Earn’s sleeping on his cousin’s couch. Did he make one too many “corny dude” jokes with his babymomtuation and get kicked out of the crib? I guess we’ll have to find out next episode because Vanessa is nowhere to be found.  The guys wake up to find out that Zan has been trashing Paperboi all over social media, saying that he is “not as talented as people think.” Earn urges his cousin not to take Zan’s bait but it falls on deaf ears. Earn and Darius decide to leave Paperboi to his own devices as they take a drive to a local pawn shop so Earn can make some quick cash.  Keith Stanfield deserves a Best Supporting Actor Emmy next year for this role, striking a perfect balance between your one friend from high school who’s always sharing misspelled, inaccurate Hotep memes on Facebook and the quite possible reincarnation of Immanuel Kant.  Darius assumes a guy like Earn would know who Steve McQueen is because he just seems like the kind of black guy that is used to having his black card triple-inspected like a fake i.d. at dollar shot night.  Earn is only slightly insulted. I mean, sure, Darius knows who Steve McQueen is but that’s because he’s Nigerian and we all know Nigerians know everything.

[Sorry Nigerians (I aint sorry) fight me if you will and of course by “fight me” I mean “make me some jollof rice”.]

Darius convinces Earn to trade his cell phone in for a sweet-ass sword, triggering a series of maneuvers that lead to the procurement of a Cane Corso stud from some Asian guy who is definitely not a Chinese n*gga. Meanwhile, Paperboi is on a citywide mission to track down Zan and confront him about all that ish he’s been talking, including a Vine that posits the streets have no love for our dude or his unoriginal- arsed rap moniker. Paperboi has thus far been able to navigate and veer away from the traps of the trap game but he can’t seem to get away from the urge to feed this internet troll.  He tracks Zan down to a local pizza shop where he works and is dumbfounded to learn that for Zan there is no line of demarcation where social media and the real world meet.

“I scare people at ATMs!”

After confronting Zan and meeting his pint-size, foul-mouthed business associate, Paperboi decides to try to appeal to Zan’s sense of reasonability. The only problem is Zan seems to have no reason to cease and desist with his bad behavior. Being a walking Perez Hilton article is actually working for him. He’s not ashamed of it and he sees no difference between exploiting rappers for monetary gain and the very rappers themselves who he claims exploit their own abject poverty and the many symptoms of systemic racism for a monetary come-up.  As Zan puts it, “everything is valuable to someone.” We learn that in addition to making pizza deliveries that the young kid in the back seat is equipped with a colorful series of clever catchphrases including, “F***” ,and a string of obscenities so long and so foul that they required FX to not only bleep them out but blur his mouth in post. It’s no, “Whatchu talkin’ ‘bout, Willis?” but it was funny.  I laughed until I thought about the stage mom egging her child actor on from behind the cameras. Then I laughed again because I’m terrible.

“Everything’s made up, nigga. Stay woke.”

Earn and Darius end up at a farm where they trade their newly acquired stud for the promise of two stacks come September. Quite the come up from the $90 Earn’s phone originally netted him at the Pawn Shop. Only problem is Earn is broke AF. Not T.V. Broke. Broke-broke. And if he don’t move his feet, his daughter Lottie don’t eat so we like neck to neck. Earn tries to explain to Darius that poor people have more pressing monetary concerns and investing in dog breeding schemes and savings bonds is not high on the priority list right now because poor people are too busy trying not to be poor. Darius has been in the game too long so he doesn’t quite understand how poverty creates immediacy out of every aspect of life. He doesn’t get that angst and anguish that comes with having to juggle one too many past due bills while figuring out how to convince your kids that they aren’t still hungry after they come home from school because you can’t afford snacks until next week.  Darius is our most empathetic Atlanta character, however, and he can see that his new friend is desperate. He decides to give him his burner phone to sell and Earn is too broke right now to protest or entertain any illusions of pridefulness.

And that’s where we leave off until next week.  FX renewed Atlanta for a second season, ordering another set of ten episodes. Here’s hoping Glover and his talented room of black ass writers can keep the momentum that we have seen so far. We aren’t even at the half-way point in the season yet but the show has outperformed expectations pulling in 1.3 million viewers last week alone so it makes sense that FX would attempt to further capitalize on all of the hype and maybe even take a piece of that (not) coveted “Black” market that people who can’t tell the difference between Empire and Blackish are always talking about. I’m excited to sit in for the ride and see where this show takes us.

What did you think about this week’s episode? Let me know in the comments so I can disagree with you with my contrarian ass.

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  • Hey a woman writer (hope she stays)

    I don’t know what the show really does for continuity, but Earn spending a day with Darius should’ve made him see how frustrating he must be to everyone he cares about

    • dos pesos

      “Earn spending a day with Darius should’ve made him see how frustrating he must be to everyone he cares about.”

      Earn really is kinda the worst-which makes me more impressed with Donald Glover for writing/playing him as a self absorbed lost boy. As the creator and star of the show, Glover could have easily made the character more sympathetic/affable, but he didn’t.

      I was genuinely touched when Darius told Earn they were friends. You rarely see young black men expressing affection so directly and openly on TV (or in real life tbh). Usually the affection is indirect or hidden between jokes at each other’s expense. And honestly, Earn hasn’t really done anything to earn Darius’ friendship.

      • Epsilonicus

        “You rarely see young black men expressing affection so directly and openly on TV (or in real life tbh). Usually the affection is indirect or hidden between jokes at each other’s expense. And honestly, Earn hasn’t really done anything to earn Darius’ friendship.”

        It is weird to see people say this.

        • BuffinBoss

          Doesn’t matter that we have these moments between each other all the time if nobody else is around to see it.

          • Epsilonicus

            Maybe people are around and they just don’t “see” it. For example, my first car was a K car. Never noticed the other K cars around. Once I got one, I saw them everywhere. You dont notice it if you are not looking for it.

            • BuffinBoss

              Fair point. Although it seems the people that are always looking for it claim to never see it.

            • Val

              Heightened awareness.

      • That’s interesting. Thought they would be easy friends because they’re very, very similar people.

        • David

          Easy associates connected through Alfred, sure. But real friends on their own right..nah. Earn, at least from what we have seen, has been nothing but condescending to Darius. That’s why I don’t think he really earned the friendship. He’s put nothing into it. The entire episode Darius was helping Earn. The only reason Darius was even there was because Earn needed a ride to the pawnshop. I don’t think at that moment Earn would have considered Darius a friend–but for Darius stating it.

        • Earn thinks he is better than Darius..because D is “weird”.

          • They’re both weird. Earn’s nonsequitors may just be more high brow

            • True dat but Earn tries not to be hood.

            • Brooklyn_Bruin

              Earn thinks he’s smarter than Darius. But he’s clearly not.

          • cyanic

            He ain’t weird, he’s clearly high.

      • Yaaaaas.. I loved that scene.

      • Sigma_Since 93

        It was a good lesson in real money growth takes time.

        • Epsilonicus

          Indeed

      • Roz Cat

        Loved that one line and scene. Made him a sympathetic genuine character for me, finally. Like everyone seems to be, I am fanboying over Darius’ dialogue, but have already been hoping the writers don’t keep him as just a two dimensional cutout of a philosophical weedhead…making his weekly quirky one liners something akin to J.J. Evans’ “Dynomite!”

        • Brooklyn_Bruin

          Thank you!

        • I think they are more intelligent than that… His actions tell a story too

    • cyanic

      The series opened with Alfred getting into a confrontation. He gained a rep as someone who got away with murder despite no murder taking place. Zan knows he’s wired with devices and anyone attempting to right his wrongs will be documented doing so at their own demise in the court system. Alfred’s celebrity is teaching him about the screwed up mentality the public and those on the fringes of the industry.

    • Brooklyn_Bruin

      Glover said about the show generally,, that he wanted to show white people that they didn’t know black life. This is an episode he wrote.

      The pool hall owner’s description of the guy looking for Paper is a bit of that, but none of the reviews I’ve read so far really pick up on what white people think that black people know about.

      For me, there are so many Easter eggs of blackness that I catch, I wonder if you need a team of black critics to comb through it like comic book fan boys and Dr. Strange trailers

  • Julian Green

    All of the episodes of Atlanta so far have made me laugh, but this most recent one made me think. The Paperboi & Zan convo about exploitation hits on a thought I’ve had about gangsta/trap rap. Regardless of how “real” a street rapper is, he’s still mining the pain and dysfunction of his community for money. The show frames Zan as a clown/culture vulture, but is what he’s doing really any more questionable than your average trap star?

    • Well I mean Zan confirms he is a clown/culture vulture. He does have a valid critique of Paperboi though. Far too many street/trap rappers try to frame themselves as another side of Chuck D as far as hip hop being Rap’s CNN. That’s probably why I prefer Pusha T over everyone else who raps about because 90% of the time he refrains from being moralistic or excuse ridden.

      • Epsilonicus

        Malice was the one who seemed to be more conflicted about drug dealing than Pusha. Example “Im Not You”

        Rappers is talking to me as if
        We in the same boat I tell them quick no I move Coke!
        And you and I don’t share no common bond
        So forgive me if I don’t receive you with open arms
        It shames me to no end
        To feed poison to those who could very well be my kin
        But where there’s demand, someone will supply
        So I feed them their needs at the same time cry
        Yes it pains me to see them need this
        All of them lost souls and I’m their Jesus
        Deepest regret and sympathy to the street
        I see them pay for they fix when they kids couldn’t eat
        And with this in mind, I still didn’t quit
        And that’s how I know, that I ain’t sh*t
        My heart bleed but that’s aside from the fact
        I live for my kids and theirs and them youngins after that

        • TheCollinB

          Top 5 rap verse of all time.

          • Epsilonicus

            One of my fave Clipse songs

            • TheCollinB

              Favorite one?

              • Epsilonicus

                This might be tops. Close runners up: “Nightmares”, “Virginia”, “Keys Open Doors”

                • TheCollinB

                  Welp Eps, we’re friends for life now.

                • Sigma_Since 93

                  Freedom doesn’t make the list????

                  • PhlyyPhree

                    You and me are here Sig. HERE. I was just about to say Freedom is one of my top 5 Clipse songs.

                  • Epsilonicus

                    It is definitely dope.

                • Brass Tacks

                  “Kinda Like a Big Deal”, “Popeyes”, “Keys Open Doors”.

                  “Wamp Wamp” was ready rock (pun intended).

                  • Epsilonicus

                    Wamp Wamp definitely knocked.

        • PhlyyPhree

          Malice was defiitely the one who expressed his regrets more clearly and put his actions behind his words . I like the Clipse individually and as a duo because there was never anything but a direct presentation of what the situations were. That’s it.

        • Sigma_Since 93

          This reminds me of immigration and the agreement immigrants counter with when folks claim they are taking jobs. Someone has to clean that chicken coop, pick those berries, de bone the meat. I’m choosing to do what you won’t do.

          • Epsilonicus

            When you intentionally create the conditions in poor Black communities, what do you expect happen? An underground economy is going to be created.

            • Brooklyn_Bruin

              Ten dogs, three bones..something bad is going to happen.

        • Kas

          I have a friend who used to be in the drug game. Decades later he still laments about the same he did to the community. Spends a lot of his time giving back now.

          • Brooklyn_Bruin

            John Kennedy Sr. didn’t feel the same.

            Parlayed illegal profits into a political dynasty.

            Only ebony tower guys like myself wonder what would happen if BMF were to use their ill gotten gains to secure more than the latest luxury car and poor young college student dancing her way into that communications degree.

            • Cleojonz

              If Frank Lucas was allowed to continue as he was he could have built that empire. That ninja brought his whole family up here and set them each up with a business they could front the real business with. The community loved him.

      • TheCollinB

        He expresses the ideas of our inner sociopath. For the person that wants to not give a fuck but life dictates things differently. His career paths, successes and set backs easily allow him the ability to rap the stuff he does.

        The same path/success/setbacks allows his brother to be where he is in his life. It’s intersecting and interesting.

      • Brooklyn_Bruin

        Pusha is self aware, he reminds me of Prodigy often.

    • Brooklyn_Bruin

      Many a soul singer mines their relationship for material to make others feel.

      It’s to the point where folks were talking about how good Jay Z’s album could be, if he gave his side to Lemonade.

      As consumers we monetarily reward those who bare themselves, demand more from them, and then discard them for the next shiny object.

  • Epsilonicus

    I find myself liking Darius more and more.

    • TheCollinB

      darius is a perfect “Everyman” literary archetype.

    • Me too.. he’d be somebody in my circle. What you see is what you get.

    • Sigma_Since 93

      He’s more in tune to things than he leads on.

      • L8Comer

        When Glovers character was like you made that up and he responds “everything is made up” ? He’s right lol

    • KingsCounty

      He’s been A1 since 1st episode

    • Brooklyn_Bruin

      He could JJ/Dave Chappelle the show. Like Ron Swanson/Barney Stinson. A character far more entertaining, but ultimately leads the serious story into unserious territory.

    • Mr. Mooggyy

      He’s that high friend that, if you actually listen to him, he makes some sense! ….Without you being high, btw!

  • I know who Steve McQueen is.

    • Other_guy13

      I knew you were cool.

    • Epsilonicus

      I would expect you to.

    • Quirlygirly

      What you want a cookie? LOL- Im joking. I know who he is too but that is because he was in the original “Magnificient Seven” and my mom loved that movie

      • Gibbous

        He was also in the Great Escape which I had to watch after watching Chicken Run.

        • Chicken run is an underrated classic.

          • ” ..but I don’t WANT to be a pie…. I don’t like gravy.”

            Classic.

    • PhlyyPhree

      I knew you would

      • The Getaway is a classic.

        • PhlyyPhree

          See, I know OF him, but I don’t KNOW him. I need to do better.

          • brothaskeeper

            The Thomas Crown Affair is also a classic.

      • Sigma_Since 93

        GQ calls him a style icon

        • He was!

        • He was. I had a Bullit poster on my wall along with Shaft, and Will Cane.

    • Vanity in Peril

      I thought I knew who he was until I googled his name. I was incorrect.

      • cyanic

        There are two Steve McQueens.

    • Brass Tacks

      Bullitt!

    • miss t-lee

      You’re a rarity.

      • Your pops watches those Wanted Dead or Alive reruns doesn’t he?

        • miss t-lee

          Pops discovered that all westerns channel, I think it’s a Starz sub-station.
          He’s all over that like a cheap suit.

    • LilMissSideEye

      I do as well, but I’m also “the kind of black [girl] that is used to having [her] black card triple-inspected like a fake i.d. at dollar shot night.”

    • MsSula

      I was actually surprised when they said Black People don’t know who Steve McQueen is. Lol. Didn’t Kanye use his stunts (flying car) complete with the oufits etc in one of his videos?

      • That’s Evel Knievel love.

  • The best scene was when old boy gave Earn his phone to pawn. That moment was what being black is all about..my eyes stung because it’s a fucked up thing to just not have it with no way to get it.

    I like dude.. then he said, “We friends now ”

    Took me down

    • Vanity in Peril

      Same!

      The, “Thank you” broke my heart.

      • catgee12

        Just hearing y’all replay the scene is getting me caught up. Feels on high … This show is bringing all the truth …

    • I’ve had to take the phone before. It’s humbling.

      • Bro, we do what we have to do.

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  • PhlyyPhree

    I thought the scene with Zan and his partner was a not so subliminal shot at all these children getting pimped out while imitating adult behavior. Also, I really wanted Zan to get punched in the mouth but eh. I get it.
    I think Darius understands the immediacy of being broke. Like he told Darius “I asked if you wanted more money and you said yea.” He knew Darius’ needs, but Darius made the choice to engage in that whole get rich or die trading up Magic Man scheme.

    • Omg.. I was waiting for Paperboy to whoop him.

      Excellent analysis on the kids.

      • Epsilonicus

        Zan definitely should have caught hands.

        • I would’ve given him these feet too..lol

          • PhlyyPhree

            LMAO!!! I just said that too. He needed as many body parts as could be spared because I wanted him punched in all of them.

        • PhlyyPhree

          Caught ALL the hands. Feet too

      • PhlyyPhree

        I thought he was either going to do that or take a shot at redeeming his “image” by getting filmed getting the kid’s delivery money back. Either or.

        • I hollered at that part then I was appalled because nobody gives a dayum about black kids.

    • Epsilonicus

      Good point of the kids. I did not think of it that way.

      • PhlyyPhree

        I immediately thought of it because I think of it every time I see some little child mouthing some rap song or mean mugging with a bottle in his hand. You now that child has been force fed that sh it and is only mimicking what’s around them and then being exploited for the likes and shares of it all.

    • Squat progress update

      • PhlyyPhree

        I mean…. I still go up and down the stairs at work every time I have to use the restroom. I need to add weights in though. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1269b7b2312990ef9d49bc6ff37188e5916077c34daf1b8bd77804c999f015a5.gif

        • SMH. I still believe in you

          • PhlyyPhree

            Thank you. I’m trying to keep the faith in myself. Either that or have someone donate to this fat transfer. Bout to start a gofundme for that.

            • Epsilonicus

              I am sure you are able to find a sugar daddy

              • PhlyyPhree

                Did you forget this is me we’re talking about? ME? Unchosen? I can’t find a sugar, splenda or agave daddy. He ll, I can’t find a father figure period unless we’re talking about Jesus. Lol

                • I can be your father figure.

                  • PhlyyPhree

                    I bet you have plenty of women calling you daddy huh?

                    • I just want someone I can play catch with.

                    • PhlyyPhree

                      Uh huh.

                    • Catching balls?

                    • she seems like she had good hands.

                  • George Michael?!?!

                • Sigma_Since 93

                  I said years ago that you and Daddy O should link up during cuffing season but you nearly cussed me out.

                  BTW cuffing season IS around the corner AND Daddy O is a few blocks away in Philly…………

                  • PhlyyPhree

                    andddd JUST when I thought about being your friend again…NOPE. Please leave expeditiously.

                    • Sigma_Since 93

                      Nah homie…We bonded over music and snacks. You can’t bounce like that!

                • Cleojonz

                  ” I can’t find a sugar, splenda or agave daddy.”

                  CRYING!!! iDied

            • Brass Tacks

              There’s this chica on Instagram (Thanks Malik) named Apple Watts, that does these glute exercises while on a set of stairs. It looks chexy and challenging at the same damb time.

              I think you could be be great at it.

              • PhlyyPhree

                I’m so mad I had to scroll through all the party flyers to find that ONE video….

                …but thank you. Because at least she kept it real and was struggling up those stairs. I got stairs in my building. I think I might give it a shot tonight. Lol

                • Kas
                  • PhlyyPhree

                    RIGHTTTTTT. Gimme bout two years and three transfers and I’m all over that.

                    • Kas

                      She is also a professional track athlete. Nigerian but I think she represents Switzerland.

                • Brass Tacks

                  Just my way of sending sublimin… I mean, showing support.

                  Anywhoo, those things look harsh yet still oddly attractive. It would be perfect for you, and if you tell ya friends, that means health and bliss for the ENTIRE community. Imagine that. Saving the world two cheeks at a time.

                  Oh and er… send footage of your training so that VSS can assist with your technique.

                  Ya know, each one freak one or something like that.

              • Kas
    • cakes_and_pies

      “I thought the scene with Zan and his partner was a not so subliminal shot at all these children getting pimped out ”
      I never found any of those videos funny. Lil Terrio ain’t so little and looks like he needs intense medical intervention.

      • Sigma_Since 93

        When the listen Linda kid gets to school and that routine gets him detention.

      • Epsilonicus

        Truth about Lil Terrio.

    • I also see it as if you’re broke now, you might still be in October. Might as well plan a come up.

    • Quirlygirly

      Hi Phree!!

      Yes to your whole comment. I was wondering where is this kids parents that they let him ride around with a pizza delivery guy and curse like a weathered old sailor. It was disturbing.

      Paperboi should have just taken Earn’s advice and not engaged with Zan. You will have to pick and choose your battles in life. And when it boils down to it, may of the battles we chose to fight are not worth the energy we put in to them.

      • Brooklyn_Bruin

        I don’t know if it’s lazy writing or reality – anytime the character takes the low road- hijinks ensue.

        If he took the high road – what would have happened?

        Might have been a missed opportunity for the writers to play with that middle class/learned reaction to the same scenario

        • Quirlygirly

          I mean he certainly learned from engaging with Zan. I think we have all at one point taken the low road and found it was not worth it or at least a waste of energy/brain cells.

          Paperboi should have recognized from jump that Zan was looking for a come up. He was taking pics with them and barked on Darius. He was strange and should have just left Zan and his antics in that alley.

          • Brooklyn_Bruin

            Had he let sleeping pitbulls lie, possibly it would blow over, or it could go viral.

            The Streisand effect indeed.

            I’m still overall amazed at the writing

    • Zan needed to get supplexed.

  • LisaLisa NoCultJam

    Had no idea who steve mcqueen was and I am Nigerian…well half.

    • focuseddaily

      I just assumed all dudes in their mid 30’s watched “Bullit”, “Magnificent Seven” and “The great escape” over and over and over with their dads like I did lol

      • brothaskeeper

        Bullitt made me want either a black Charger or a forest green Mustang when I became an adult.

        • Kas

          If you ever get a chance peep White Lightning with Burt Reynolds.

          • brothaskeeper

            Hmmmm. I don’t know how I missed that one. Pops had me watching all those 70s joints with Burt Reynolds, Clint Eastwood, etc. on a Saturday afternoon.

            • Kas

              White Lightning was my favorite of them all.

        • I want a Mustang but matte black with black rims.

      • MsSula

        I assumed everyone watched The Great Escape.

  • TheCollinB

    do you know that feeling of never meeting a stranger or generally having an interest in every person you talk to? Darius’ spoken acknowledgement of friendship with Earn felt genuine and familiar to me. I classify almost everyone I meet as a friend, which is foolish, but I do. I think the most unsettling part is that in the same way Darius views them as friends Earn does not. Darius can “do” for Earn which makes him a friend for now but at some point Earn will do something to betray the friendship. it’s just how shyt happens with people that view relationships like Darius does.

    • Naaaaw.. everybody AIN’T a friend but I’m also very intuitive. Some people need YOUR energy to be ok but that doesn’t necessarily mean you need theirs.

      • TheCollinB

        It works to my detriment but I get it. As a teenager and young adult I was more comfortable with it but it’s kinda strange as an adult.

        I’ll invest positive vibes into people’s lives with absolutely no return but i just think it’s the man God made me to be. His service of me to His people.

        • Well the way my ancestors are set up… I AM NOT THAT VESSEL. lol

      • L8Comer

        Word

    • brothaskeeper

      I think Darius is empathetic, but not sympathetic. Even though Earn’s poverty and fatherhood has increased his sense of urgency, Darius wants Earn to learn patience and to be self-sufficient, which is probably why he didn’t expose his entire plan to Earn.

  • KingsCounty

    I called Courtney B Vance winning the Emmy, and I agree dude who plays Darius deserves some recognition. This show all together should get a nod.
    I loved when Zans offered Darius the hat and he not only took it but rocked it immediately. I like his happiness.
    And yes us Nigerians know how to flip a sword for a dog for 2 stacks in 6 months don’t hate cuz you can’t relate beloved.

  • KingsCounty

    You left out the best part tho
    When the kid delivered the pizza and got his pockets tapped
    That kinda realness I haven’t seen on tv since The Wire.

    • Kas

      The first season of The Wire was pure perfection.

      • Epsilonicus

        All seasons. Fixed it for you

        • PhlyyPhree

          Except 2. Fixed for you

          And miss me with that “Season 2 was important”. It was. But it was still boring as sh it

          • Epsilonicus

            Season 2 was good tv in general. It just was not as good as orher seasons. But it moved the story forward. And it told a side of Baltimore no one ever thinks about

            • Brooklyn_Bruin

              Working white folks are neglected by the media and culture.

              White people on tv all seem to have amazing jobs, houses, and lives.

              • Epsilonicus

                People forget Baltimore has blue collar white people.

          • Brooklyn_Bruin

            A whole lot of 5 was weak.

            • PhlyyPhree

              You say weak, I say rushed. But I get where you’re coming from though.

          • Season 2 would of been just as great as the others if it didn’t feel so repetitive.

        • Kas

          I loved all the seasons but none as much as season 1.

    • MsSula

      Nobody is taking about the fact that Paperboi is just a good guy at heart trying to get by. He felt it necessary to go help the kid/Zan. I am sure next episode will let us know what happens (maybe Zan will become a stan).

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