Floor takes us on a trippy journey into Sophie’s thoughts [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★☆☆


Floor, the Apple TV+ thriller a few lady with no reminiscence, goes tripping in an episode full of twists, turns, reminiscences and hallucinations.

Sophie has a secret id. Her husband, James, has a secret file that Baden the cop must steal and examine. And actually nothing goes to go as deliberate. Sophie treats herself to just a little psychotropic remedy when her therapist lets her down.

She learns just a little greater than she bargained for on this largely OK episode.

Floor recap: ‘It Is available in Waves’

Season 1, episode 5: Within the episode, titled “It Is available in Waves,” Sophie (performed by Gugu Mbatha-Uncooked) meets up with Thomas Baden (Stephan James) to inform her what her therapist Hannah (Marianne Jean Baptiste) revealed final week.

Sophie’s mom was mentally unwell, so no matter’s improper together with her (if something) could possibly be hereditary. Baden tells her to not sweat it, and in addition to, there’s excellent news coming. The police have sufficient proof on James to take him down. And it’s taking place tomorrow, if all goes in line with plan.

In the meantime, James (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) will get some excellent news of his personal from his pal Harrison (François Arnaud). He’s going to assist James pay again the rest of the cash he stole from their firm. He’s additionally not going to snitch on James.

After all, neither man is aware of, as an example, that Todd (Andres Joseph), an affiliate on the firm, is working for the police. He obtained arrested on a drug associated offense and is determined to get out of it. Todd calls Baden to say he obtained info off of James’ pc. And whereas they’re on the cellphone, Todd begs him for some medication when Baden involves get him.

Baden clearly says no, as a result of he’s a police officer, however Sophie overhears their chat about medication and he confesses that, as a narcotics officer, he retains a stash of artificial medication in his residence to be used in busts and the like.

Medication, you say? The type that may make you entry components of your mind your reminiscence can’t join with after a traumatic harm? Nicely, Baden wouldn’t discover one or two them going lacking, would he?

A journey to the middle of Sophie’s thoughts

Todd’s findings change into quite a lot of nothing, sadly. So Baden asks Sophie to examine James’ dwelling pc for the incriminating proof. The difficulty is, she’s already at a gala for Caroline’s (Ari Graynor) gallery — and she or he took the medication she stole from Baden’s stash.

Sophie’s obtained about 5 minutes earlier than she’s too excessive to perform, however she must get the cellphone away from James to dismantle their dwelling safety system lengthy sufficient for Baden to sneak in.

Sophie will get very excessive certainly and wanders away from the gala simply as Caroline and James get into it about their affair. (“My spouse jumped off of a ferry!” he screams, in in all probability the low level of this not terribly distinguished efficiency.)

Sophie heads downtown to the membership she doesn’t keep in mind being an everyday at, the place she first met up with Baden. She meets a lady named (Millie Brady) who she acknowledges from one in every of her reminiscence k-holes.

Then, Sophie freaks out and flees the scene, solely to run to the waterfront and bounce into the water as soon as once more. She wakes up dry on the pier and asks somebody, lastly, the place the boat she jumped off of truly goes. Seems she was headed to an island with a personal airport on it.


That’s a visit

The drug stuff was OK this week — I wasn’t anticipating that. Good visuals, good sound design, unhurried tempo, precisely what it referred to as for.

The episode began with some counterfeit Khalik Allah pictures displaying Sophie reliving reminiscences of her childhood. This can be a little foolish to me when you might simply rent Allah to run your present. It will immediately develop into probably the most fascinating factor on TV, however when has that ever stopped anybody from making good choices?

The precise journey was a pleasant sequence, permitting us to get misplaced in pockets of sunshine and of Sophie’s unconscious. That’s not an on a regular basis transfer on TV, although drug use has clearly develop into extra normalized onscreen within the final 20 years. I additionally dig the way in which they present Baden utilizing sober-friend etiquette to try to attain Sophie whereas she’s nonetheless tripping downtown. Good when actuality penetrates an in any other case unreal present.

And that’s some high quality performing

There was additionally a good notice of Jackson-Cohen’s efficiency this week for a change. When Baden exhibits up at dwelling to attend for Sophie to get again from her dangerous journey, he and James have their first confrontation.

“You’re the fucking man!” James says.

“No you’re the fuckin’ man,” Baden shoots again.

Clearly, Stephan James makes a greater displaying for himself. However each actors do nice with the clearer aims the scene offers for them. Mbatha-Uncooked additionally does good work sinking into Sophie (kinda sorta actually within the case of the drug journey scenes) in a means she hasn’t actually been given the prospect to prior to now.

Sophie is written not a lot as a personality however as a sequence of aims and mysteries, which is why the actress can’t do a lot together with her week after week. Sophie’s in a relentless state of discovery.

Hopefully that half’s over. What considerations me barely nonetheless is that when James reveals he dedicated all his monetary crimes to cowl up for Sophie, what is that this present truly about now? Is it only a whodunnit?

I’m gonna be just a little bummed if I’ve to observe eight hours of shiny aimlessness simply to unravel a thriller through which I’m not that invested.


Watch Floor on Apple TV+

New episodes of Floor arrive on Apple TV+ each Friday.

Rated: TV-MA

Watch on: Apple TV+

Scout Tafoya is a movie and TV critic, director and creator of the long-running video essay sequence The Unloved for RogerEbert.com. He has written for The Village Voice, Movie Remark, The Los Angeles Evaluation of Books and Nylon Journal. He’s the writer of Cinemaphagy: On the Psychedelic Classical Type of Tobe Hooper, the director of 25 characteristic movies, and the director and editor of greater than 300 video essays, which will be discovered at Patreon.com/honorszombie.


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