by Angela Tricarico
I’m the kind of person to yell at my TV when I’m watching a movie.
I sit there, and I yell at characters who can’t even hear me because sometimes as a viewer, I know more than they do, or maybe I’m just rooting for someone so hard I can’t contain it. This happens most often with a rom-com; no matter how formulaic they get, I always find myself cheering out loud for the grand gesture that ties a plot together and brings the romantic leads together for good.
The same thing happens when I see live theater, but silently. Quiet on the outside, but my brain is spinning, quickly reacting to what’s unfolding in front of me.
All of this is to say, I’m a very vocal person who loves a good romantic plot, and Indoor Boys, a webseries co-created by Broadway’s Wesley Taylor and Alex Wyse, had me feeling every possible emotion over the course of its eight-episode third season, which I binge-watched in one sitting.
I’ve been a fan of the webseries since the first season premiered, and I’ve come to realize that I approach Indoor Boys with already high expectations, but the series always manages to exceed my expectations with a combination of the laugh-out-loud funny writing and incredible performances from some Broadway favorites who I’ve been lucky enough to see on stage. The third season is no exception; the series left off with Luke (Taylor) and Nate (Wyse) finally cashing in on the romantic connection that’d been an undercurrent to their friendship since the beginning of the season, and the writing in this new season is able to capture all of the complexities that come along with relationships of this nature.
As a longtime viewer, I was rooting for the two of them together, but at the same time, knew that, realistically, their strong personalities would never work. And yet, the show managed to surprise me.
The surprise came in the form of a line said in the last episode of the season by Blaine (Sean Grandillo, who has been seen on Broadway in 2015’s Spring Awakening revival) to Nate, after Luke walks out on him and their relationship. Luke had clocked Blaine as into him from the moment they’d met. I was so thrown by the confirmation that he was right all along, because I’d spent the last three episodes so invested in the downward spiral Nate and Luke’s relationship had taken.
“I guess this is the part of the movie where the hero gets the guy,” Blaine said, ready to follow Luke to wherever life was about to take him. “Nate, thank you. You’ve been such a great supporting player.”
And I felt for Nate. I know how easy it can be to feel like you’re the supporting actor in the story of your own life. You’re just along for the ride, while someone else is out there leading in the position you thought you’d be in. I was sad for Nate, that this was how his story might end — as a supporting character in what could be Luke and Blaine’s love story instead of the leading man in his own story.
I love rom-coms and romance and when they all live happily ever after despite everything that could have made for a sad ending. I wanted so badly for these characters to get that, and in another curveball I didn’t see coming, the season closes out on a hopeful note.
I don’t know if there is more Indoor Boys to come, but in the five-or-so minutes following Blaine’s line, Nate becomes his own leading man again, repairing bridges he’d burnt and ending with an encounter with his ex, who it’s clear he never truly got over.
That was enough to get me yelling at my laptop screen, the idea that at the end of all of this, there very well could be a happily ever after.