Platonic continues to get better, and episode 3 is the best one yet. The dry, awkward humour in this episode works really well and we get to see more of the secondary characters.
Platonic Episode 3: Partner’s Retreat – 9.2/10
The awkwardness of this show just keeps getting bigger and bigger each episode it seems. Episode 2 with the weird house, and now episode 3 with the retreat. Episode 3 follows Sylvia and her husband Charlie, played by Luke Macfarlane, as they attend a ‘partners only’ conference for the law firm Charlie works at. The awkwardness is there from the very get go, with Sylvia having to handle seeing former colleagues who are quite successful in a career she put on hold to be a stay-at-home mom. There’s some really great foreshadowing at the start of the episode that leads to a hilarious, yet uncomfortable moment later in the episode.
The Lucky Penny Brewing Company gets to enter the limelight in episode 3, with more of a focus on the business of the bar, as well as the other owners of the bar plus Omar. Andy is a minority owner, like Will, but his focus is more on growing the bar however possible. Andy is played by Tre Hale, who has done a good job in the role so far. Andy is funny, he’s sarcastic, but he also has Will’s best interests in mind. He was also Will’s best friend before Sylvia came back into the picture.
Omar is absolutely hilarious, he feels like the little brother that has watched one to many random YouTube videos and is now filled with knowledge. While he’s a pretty minor character so far, Vinny Thomas is doing a great job with the character and making every interaction hilarious. The majority owner of the bar is Reggie, played by Andrew Lopez. Reggie is also the stepbrother of Audrey, Will’s ex-wife. This inevitably leads to Will absolutely hating Reggie. Lopez has done a decent job, but his character has received the least amount of screen time compared to the rest of the major cast.
I’ve really enjoyed the way the writers have set up this show, with a variety of characters that are unbearable in different ways. It makes for a really funny show, but it also makes at least one of the characters very relatable, and you are going to be able to associate people you know with the characters in Platonic. The humour styles plays off these uncomfortable characters, and it’s really fun to watch.
While there are only 10 confirmed episodes, I could see this show being renewed for season 2. The plot is real thin so far, but I wouldn’t count on that improving. The best parts of this show are the humour and the characters, neither of which need a solid plot to shine. As long as the show continues to tackle uncomfortable events, it is going to do really well.