Platonic Episode 9 – 8.5/10
Platonic continues be a really solid Apple TV show, but this is a weird episode. I liked it, but golly is it a mood changer for sure. The tones are a quite a bit different, and the negative emotions come out in anger instead of embarrassment. It’s an interesting take, and it sets the stage for the finale, but it wasn’t quite what I had in mind.
Without a doubt, this review is going to have some spoilers so go give the episode a watch and then come on back.
Andy and Reggie make a couple of appearances, but the main focus stays on Charlie, Sylvia, and Will. The triangle of friends makes another solid appearance, and I am loving their performances. Rose Byrne is awesome, playing a character that goes through a variety of emotions. Sylvia goes from up to down very quickly, and Byrne does an awesome job of keeping those emotions real. The writers did a great job for the very beginning, giving Sylvia a fairly decent backstory that makes her character and the proceeding actions make scene.
Will falls into the same boat. We’ve been learning about him since the get go and I love the direction they have taken with his character. He’s weird, a little bit out-there, but he also cares for the people around him. He also really wants to screw with Reggie, which might be the most relatable part of his character. It feels like Seth Rogen is just playing himself, and that role works perfectly. Will is more extravagant that Sylvia is, going through about 7 emotions within minutes, but Rogen handles that well. Everything feels natural and that’s due to both of our leads.
Luke Macfarlane continues to be the odd man out, but I’ve enjoyed his performance so far. Charlie does some interesting things in this episode, specifically the office dry hump, and it’s pretty funny watching him grovel to try and fix what he did. It’s a different kind of awkward, but I thought it worked for the humour.
The plot of the episode revolves a lot around that scandal, as well as Will having some issues at the bar. This throws Sylvia and Will together for nearly the entire episode, which ends up being great for both our characters. It does result in a garage being destroyed, but surprisingly that is the action that smooths things over between Charlie and Sylvia.
I really enjoyed the way the animosity between Charlie and Sylvia was handled within an episode. It comes up, has it’s time in the sun, and then dies down. It’s pretty simple, and more importantly, it doesn’t leak into the finale. The couple isn’t on real bad terms, and it sets things up nicely.
Will on the other hand, is on bad terms with his partners at the bar, which will play a decently large role in the finale. By focusing only on one problem during this episode, the show allowed for a more straight forward plot, leaving Will’s never-ending issue to really evolve in the finale.
Overall, it was a good episode. The jokes are there, and our acting continues to be good. This isn’t Apple TV’s best work, hint hint Black Bird, but it is pretty solid. Our finale comes next, and I liked the way the table was set for a proper final episode.