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After a season of couch surfing, Earn is finally ready to stand on his own two feet.
It's hard to overstate how good "Atlanta" is. (Indeed, it's also hard to merely state how good it is - it's such a subtle and complete show that saying more feels inept and superfluous, like tacking on post-its to a framed painting.)
Atlanta never aimed for grandiose statements about what it means to be black. It didn't create black characters who fixate on how nonblack people view them. This season was a deeply thought reflection of a particular experience.
When Earn falls asleep satisfied, I'm nodding my head because he deserves it. The writers caught me with the unflinching aspect of the story.
The series does in 'The Jacket' what it's done all season long: find something meaningful in the smallest of details and blow them up so that everyone can see.
If there's a more fitting way for the FX comedy to end its excellent freshman outing, I can't think of it.
Atlanta is a show that's invested in visual symmetry and callbacks, and it's no doubt intentional that "The Jacket" feels so much like a bookend to the pilot. But it also feels retroactively significant, a key to understanding the show.
... it all added to a well-done look at Earn's life (and financial situation) from a very offbeat, very Atlanta viewpoint.
On the one hand, "The Jacket" feels oddly muted as finale to such an exceptional debut season. On the other, "The Jacket" feels like the perfect way to close out Atlanta season 1.