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Season 4 Episode 7 “Snipe Hunt”

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Donald Glover Marks and Zazie Beetz as Van

Donald Glover Marks and Zazie Beetz as Van
Photograph: Guy D’Alema/FX

Compared to the last three episodes Atlanta, the truly all-star series “Snipe Hunt,” which is a laugh-out-loud take on the show’s chameleon modes, is so chill. No landmarks or intricate surrealist sets parts; Instead of introducing some random enemies like Nando or Zan, the conflict is internal. We don’t meet any new characters other than a brief appearance by the camper that could be a record for this show. Instead, director Hiro Murai and writer Francesca Sloane produce a silent family drama in the middle of a large campground that focuses on the characters and gives us more time with Earn, Van and Lottie as a family unit.

Atlanta he hasn’t spent much time in a rural setting since “Forest” (which Murai also directed). At that time, the forest was dark and menacing, even during the day, but “Snipe Hunting” is more dreamy, naturally sunny similar vibe Post-pandemic scenes from Murai’s work Station Eleven. (If you didn’t catch Station Eleven, watch it. Please.)

While the forest is absolutely gorgeous, there seems to be a hint of menace as well.. First, I thought it was because I didn’t make fun of nature like that, but there is also a destruction in the shot composition. in the library Footage of Earn and Van loading and unloading cars, seen from far away, like us looking through the trees. There’s a great shot of Earn peeing and something unclear behind him is revealed, but only Van and Lottie pee too. then there is The moment Lottie looked into the trees, like someone – maybe the camp owner and his wife – spy him a distance. Once I stopped getting close to the screen while searching Troubled House on the Hill I realized that hidden ghosts, voyeuristic framing, in this case, can also express an intimacy that comes from being alone with others. wide landscape.

Once they arrive at the campground, the trip isn’t the best ever or a disaster. It is just a little weird. Van has obviously camped before (of course he has), but Earn really doesn’t know what he’s doing. Tries to make a fashion multiple room tent a porch, but apparently a tent that big means they won’t have enough body heat to stay warm. Later, while hiking, he suggests crossing a river that will wipe them out if they try. Lottie is on her own, though Van brushes it all off. and as time goes on, it turns out that he prefers to address his mother rather than his father. He even says he wants his grandparents to be there while he fishes.

Earn, frustrated by the distance between them, and Lottie, it makes sense. The six-year-old would probably want to be with people he was more familiar with; We saw “Business Ethics!” In it she said that her and Van’s relationship was very strong and that her grandmother used to babysit her and take her to the Kirkwood Chocolate movies. Like Earn said, hanging out with the three of them doesn’t always happen, and it’s weird. Assuming Earn is working harder and not as hard as in previous seasons, there is a tension between father and daughter that will take more quality time to heal. It won’t be easy if there are three time zones between them.

When Van and Earn finally have the L.a. speechone day laterpleasure nIt’s clear that they both have issues getting rid of their boobs. Van’s quiet part is loud, saying that Earn is trying to get into Lottie’s heart with such extravagance as renting out the entire campground. This Big Money Maker seems to be a fan of throwing money at a problem rather than taking personal responsibility (see “The Most Homeless Little Horse”), and there is a valid concern about Whether one move would change anything in their relationship with Van and Lottie. Van says Lottie would prefer to stay in Atlanta, where she is familiar and has friends, let alone the support of her grandparents. Van fears Earn sees him as a “security blanket,” and it’s fair to wonder if Earn will kick him out of the house and then leave him and Lottie on their own without giving them time as a family.


Photograph: Guy D’Alema/FX

When Earn restarts the conversation in the tent, it’s only natural for him to mess up. reveal your thoughts, and comes off as cocky. He later says he wants to be a family, but focuses on Lottie, noting that she is “the physical manifestation of what happens when we get together.” (Again, Sloane’s script is great.) When Earn finally takes the words out of his mouth and admits that he loves Van as a woman, not just as Lottie’s mother, it seems to take him by surprise. The couple’s relationship has fluctuated from romantic to friendly and casual, but judging by Van’s expression, he seems to assume that Van will always be there out of necessity, not desire. This is Earn’s most vulnerable outside of therapy we’ve seen. Something really seems to have changed in him since Europe, maybe it was a moment when Van felt so far away, as if he could lose her. Either way, Van sees her sincerity and says yes, although it will take a few weeks to back up her words before the girl is fully revealed.

I skipped the actual snipe hunt for which the episode is named, but that’s the part of the plot that bothers me.As Lottie grew up and remembered her childhood over the years, it would become a classic family anecdote casually mentioned by Earn and Van. When I first read the chapter title, I definitely thought: As Earn did, this “snipe” would have a racist connotation, which means I fell for the same joke he and little Van made. The snipe hunt is apparently a outdoor tradition, where recruits are tricked into searching for a mysterious animal with some made-up hunting strategy. The part where Lottie actually caught some hissing was the black-eel-looking thing? just a highlight Atlanta’s Marks family vacation.

stray observations

  • I never thought about the purpose of sleeping bags, Like making sure you don’t touch the dirt (or a tent as shelter) while you sleep. That body temperature thing makes sense!
  • I always have an existential question when it comes to stunting: Do you have money to burn, or is it just showing that a salesperson/influencer/Instagram can convince you to buy the flashiest, most useless thing? (The REI salesperson for the tent wins.)
  • You know when people say a kid has been “here before”? Lottie gives that air of being between pessimism and catching a frog.
  • Earn says he’s dreamed of Van since Amsterdam, but they weren’t together until London. Yet Amsterdam is where he started acting weird.
  • Van’s “Kanye being a little passionate…” might take you off the stage a bit, but I understand why the joke is there. Earn gives him a lot of emotion at that moment.
  • The more I think about it, the more I like that it’s just a cold episode. Atlantaproving that she can handle anything, including family life.
  • Sade’s needle falls “I am your loves King” and “Love is stronger than pride” trip booking is very nice.
  • Earn’s question, “What’s so great about Atlanta that you can’t leave it behind?” she asks. It means little in the context of possible move, but It’s the theme I’m hoping to explore more of overall this season. So far, we’ve seen Al take this question into account, if anything. many as he receives reminders of the past and looks to a possible future. Earn may have been ready to cut and run since those first therapy talks, but he’s already left (for Princeton). It would have been easier to go. Basically, I’ve been waiting for Earn and Al to talk about Earn’s move all season long.