Platonic Episode 7 – Let The River Run – 9.0/10
We are into the final stretch of Platonic Season 1, and boy did we get an interesting plot this week. Sylvia, after landing her new job in episode 6, you can check that review out here, starts that job this episode. The entire episode focuses on her going back to work and all of the struggles that come with that. It’s filled with awkward moments, funny lines, and we get to see the bar a couple of times.
Sylvia has grown into a pretty fleshed out character, and further develops that this week. Will plays a smaller role in this episode, compared to others, but he does manage to be involved. Byrne and Rogen have put on great performances in this show so far, and episode 7 is no different. This is a different Sylvia than we have seen, as she puts on a facade while at work. It’s an interesting element to her character and further rounds out the character.
Little spoiler warning here as I’m going to go into details in the second half of the episode.
Will on the other hand still seems very stuck. His ways are stuck, his mind is closed, and he is struggling to adapt to anything new in his life. Case in point, the party that happens at the bar or the beer he makes for 60 dollars a bottle that he would like to sell for 5 dollars. I think we are going to see him make some real progress in the next couple episodes, but so far our male protagonist can’t escape his old life.
Sylvia’s office adventures end up being hilarious for all the wrong reasons. It starts off with her interrupting the man who got her the job while he’s on the phone, and it ends with a painting with a penis on it. Sylvia destroys a portrait while she was working late and gets help from Audrey, Will’s ex-wife, to fix it. The only problem is that Audrey’s art restoration guy decided he wanted to add his own personal touch. A penis.
The lead up was great, and having the painting hang in the office was hilarious. It’s just awkward event after awkward event, and it’s a special kind of humour that requires the right writing and acting to pull off. I will say, not all of the jokes this week were great, and there was a couple of times where it was just really cringey to watch. That’s pretty much the point of this show, to make you laugh, cringe, or both, so we roll with it.
The episode ends in a sort of full-circle way, with Sylvia getting fired. It’s an uncomfortable end to an uncomfortable episode, but I love that they did it. The vibe of the show gets destroyed if Sylvia has to go to work every day for like 15 hours. Just doesn’t flow with what this show is trying do. As a result, we get a funny episode that puts us back where we started, kind of, and leads us into a very interesting episode 8. Charlie is going to be pissed, and I could see some trouble between him and Will as well.