Oct 29, 2016
The Unique Gay Romance of "Crashing."
The upside is, there's lots of room for comedy material.
Crashing is a British tv series (2016-), now on Netflix, about a group of young adults who become the property guardians at an abandoned hospital. Big, spooky rooms where people once got sick and died, now used for comic misunderstandings and buddy-bonding, sort of like Friends if they lived in the entire apartment complex, and had more snogging.
The reviews all skip over 6.-7., concentrating on 1.-.3 and calling it a "two girls and a guy dilemma" sitcom, Archie torn between Betty and Veronica.
But the gay romance is what makes the series unique.
Episode 1: Sam and Fred bond at a party scavenger hunt. Piggy back ride, forehead bumping, forehead kissing, "beautiful eyes," "handsome face," but each claims that he's "not gay."
Episode 2: Sam lures Fred away from his dull office job for a wild day of rebellion. They end up in bed together. Fred hugs Sam, who protests: "This ain't never going to happen! Ever!"
Episode 4: Sam and Will compete for Fred's affection. They get into a fight. Sam tries to get them to break up by seducing Will, but it doesn't work. So he has sex with Lulu instead.
Episode 5: Will gets a new flat, and asks Fred to move in. Sam seethes. He accosts Will in the shower. They kiss.
Fred finds out about the kiss and freaks out.
Sam claims that he was trying to tempt Will on purpose to prove that he's a bad guy. Will claims that Sam is in love with him but won't admit it. Everyone gets into a fight.
Will turns out to be a controlling jerk who insults Sam and all of his friends. They break up.
Oh, I almost forgot, the other couples have romantic complications, too. Melody and Colin and Anthony and Lulu end up together. I think. I wasn't really paying attention to them.