The beauty of “Younger” is how intricately it pulls from reality to give a great look at a television series. With several industries experiencing downturns due to online product presence, the publishing world is one such industry that has felt the burn immensely. Although Liza and Kelsey embrace and utilize online resources with their imprint ‘Millennial’, the elder statespeople (Charles and Diana) have been slower pace to accept change and adapt.
Evolving to keep a company afloat can have dire consequences. Charles’s decision to bring in hotshot, annoying, hipster progressive, techie whiz kid Bryce is one of those actions that make or break companies. Bryce is the antithesis to what Empirical is. Tradition in publishing shows reverence for the written word; Bryce shows contempt for the 100+ years of experience Empirical has had. It is a recipe for conflict within the work place…and it’s so rooted in what many companies go through daily.
Outside of work, Liza’s hometown bookstore, the Book Nook, has major monetary issues and is in danger of losing its lease to a Soul Cycle. Pitching the idea of Bryce saving the bookstore to Charles, Liza’s old and new worlds threaten to cross when Bryce accepts the offer and Charles insists she goes. In the helicopter, Liza almost spills the beans about her deception but is literally saved by…Mark Zuckerburg. Fickle Bryce doesn’t want to copy Zuckerburg, and the Empirical crew leaves the Book Nook in the lurch. And Liza lives to lie another day.
This episode almost felt like a standalone but we can tell that “Younger” is building to a reveal of some nature for Liza. Stay tuned with TGON as we dig deeper each week.