'Into the Dark' episode 7: "I'm Just F**king With You" is a biting portrayal of online dudebros being consumed by their own toxicity

Simply put, said dudebro, Larry, is so consumed by who he becomes online, he fails to see the prospect of a bigger threat he might be fronting in real life


                            'Into the Dark' episode 7: "I'm Just F**king With You" is a biting portrayal of online dudebros being consumed by their own toxicity

This article contains spoilers for 'Into the Dark' episode 7: I'm Just F*cking With You.

Hulu's ongoing anthology horror, 'Into the Dark' might have had its monthly episodes revolving around a particular festival signifying the month, but in the last couple of months, it's also treading some burning social issues, such as the MeToo movement, via its sixth episode last month, titled 'Treehouse.'

Following suit, this month's episode, very appropriately titled 'I'm Just F*cking With You' for April Fool's Day, not only focuses on the day, but also plays along the lines of social satire and online harassment. Starring Keir O'Donnell, and Hayes MacArthur, the episode offers a glimpse into the notorious extents to which a person's darkness can go to in pursuit of vengeance.

We see O'Donnell's character, Larry, en route to crash his ex-girlfriend's wedding, but he makes a stop on the way to spend the night at a motel - probably to work on his big, elaborate plans to ruin the event. To add to that, Larry thinks of himself as the absolute alpha male, even when the world around him might not perceive him to be so.

The reason behind his rock-solid confidence is that despite his nice person exterior, within the privacy of closed doors, he embraces the darkness that drives him to write absolutely uncalled for remarks on the internet.

That's right, that's Larry's big game. Basically, he's your everyday guy reeking of toxic masculinity that is too cautious to unleash it in the real world, but makes up for all that taming by going online and leaving rude, snide, absolutely bitter comments on commercial review apps, and on his ex-girlfriend's social media, under the username/persona, ProgrammingFlaw.

As if his lack of integrity and false sense of strength wasn't evident enough from this habit of his, at one point in the episode, he even describes him as “nice, meek, affable, but on the inside, my heart is full of bitterness.” And even though the episode plays on its signature twist infused with social satire by (major spoiler alert!) not making Larry the element of horror on the show, there's no way a viewer will be able to resonate with his thoughts, or even root for him, for that matter, as the story progresses.

Larry, for lack of a better term, is an online troll who doesn't shy away from being mean to his ex (how mature!) or anybody else, for that matter, for something as simple as having opinions that differ from his. He even roasts MacArthur's character Chester anonymously on Yelp, after spending a night at the motel where Chester is bartending, and is also in charge of check-ins for the night.

Kier O'Donnell as Larry in 'Into the Dark: I'm Just F*cking With You.' (Source: Hulu)
Kier O'Donnell as Larry in 'Into the Dark: I'm Just F*cking With You.' (Source: Hulu)

But as entertaining as this journey of seeing the online troll being trolled by the real-life prankster, Chester, might be, there's no denying the negativity and spiteful vibe that is constantly emanating off of Larry.

To the rest of the world, he might seem like a fairly simple man going about his daily life, but within closed doors, much like those online dudebros who swear to f**k you up if you disagree with them on the pettiest of matters, Larry is the exact embodiment of all that's wrong with millennial social media.

In that, being separated by a screen gives him a sense of protection and superiority that inflates his false sense of ego and pride to such diabolical extents, he is pretty much oblivious to the fine lines between social media and reality. Simply put, Larry is so consumed by who he becomes online, he fails to see the prospect of a bigger threat he might be fronting in real life. 

Into the Dark's seventh episode I'm Just F*cking With You arrives Friday, April 5, only on Hulu.