Platonic Episode 1: Pilot – 9.1/10
Platonic is great, the show is both funny and oh so awkward, and it works well for Seth Rogen. Although we are only 1 episode in, Platonic is a great show in the making.
Apple TV has given us some really solid content over the past couple of years, from Black Bird to Ted Lasso, and Platonic feels like the start of another really good series. Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne star as two Platonic friends who grew apart as their lives moved on. After reuniting 5 years later, the show follows the pair as they get into endless shenanigans. Both characters are polar opposites of the other, and it makes for hilarious TV.
Episode 1 establishes our characters and sets the tone for the rest of the series, but it doesn’t do much more than that. The plot is slimmer than slim, and we really focus on our characters, their lives, and more than a few funny moments. The show has a certain vibe that is either going to be a fan favourite, or disliked by many.
Seth Rogen fits this role so well, and he is awesome in episode 1. The humour style, mixed with an abundance of curse words makes for a great half-hour episode. Will feels like the same character we’ve seen Rogen play time and time again. It’s a great experience and a lot of fun.
While Rogen is awesome, this first episode doesn’t work without Rose Byrne. Her performance is also so good, and her character is great. Byrne is hilarious, bringing witty quips to Rogen’s stoned humour. As well, the chemistry between both actors that made Neighbours so good is apparent from the very beginning and I’m excited to see where it goes. Syliva’s kind of starting to have a mid-life crisis, and the issues that will cause in future episodes is clear as day.
The idea behind the show is pretty interesting as well, and it sets up so many jokes. The idea of a hippie, newly-single dude rekindling his platonic friendship with a married woman with three kids, who is a stay-at-home suburban mom, sets the table for a series full of laughter and inappropriate jokes. The only warning I would give is to watch this yourself, if there are any sensitive parties around. The language and the content is definitely worthy of the 18+ rating. While that is what makes the show so funny, it’s worth noting.
As of writing there are 3 episodes out now, with future episodes releasing every Wednesday on Apple TV+. The show is hilarious, and while Pilot episodes don’t truly give the whole story, I really think this is going to be a good one. It isn’t super deep, but it is a lot of fun to watch.