Danny and Karl were best friends in college. Eleven years later and Danny has built a strong lifestyle with a wife and son while Karl remains wild, seemingly incapable of growing up. When the two friends reconnect at a birthday party, they seem to find their old groove. However, the innovation of virtual reality introduces new possibilities. While playing a nostalgic video game from their youth, both men discover a new form of satisfaction.
College pals Danny and Karl reunite in a virtual reality session of their favorite game. However, something unexpected comes out of their nighttime escapades.
As if the human race was ever going to use fully immersive VR for anything but CGI-enhanced sex. In this instance, a pair of bros discover that they’re not as hetero as they thought when they can’t stop banging each other’s brains out while inhabiting their shredded Asian avatars in a souped-up Tekken knockoff. The episode plows through a set of emotional conditions requiring the utmost delicacy and sensitivity, first going for awkward laughs and then just awkwardness, ultimately melting into a pile of unearned sap. After posing novel questions to itself about desire, the script’s sense of self-inquiry never matures past “It’s not gay if he’s a she, right?” Lead actors Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Anthony Mackie share minimal chemistry, though the episode’s most craven move has to be contriving a loophole giving the romantic opposites an easy out. (They’re supposed to show no visible attraction to one another, you see!)