He’s Watching ‘YOU’

Name: YOU
Genre: Thriller, Romance, Drama
Year: 2018

With season two of You being released next month, I thought it would be a great idea to review the last season.

Have you ever thought what goes on in a villains mind? Well this series give us a spine-chilling narration by a stalker, our main character Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley). This narration give us an automatic sense of ‘something isn’t right here’, which is a perfect way reflect that the way Joe is thinking and acting isn’t normal behaviour. Throughout the series we learn that he will do anything to feel like the superior person in the room, easily breaking the law and betraying his closest friends to get what he wants out of the situation.

Joe is a smart individual, who purposely places himself working in a scruffy bookshop. He starts to develop an obsession with one of his customers, Beck (Elizabeth Lail), and so the stalking begins. Joe uses his smarts to manipulate her to becoming his girlfriend. Joe wants Beck’s full attention and starts picking off her friends one by one. Her friends are very privileged and attention seeking – so Joe has to move quickly and be brutal about it.

The series is full of twists and turns, revealing more of Joe’s plans ever so slowly building tension and suspense perfectly. Showing the gory murders of poisonings, stabbings and high buildings forced suicides, keeps the audience on the edge of their seats with Joe’s cruel sense of humour making it instinctively watchable. The narration itself is directed towards Beck, encouraging us to not root for Joe – although this doesn’t always work.

But not all Beck’s friends are saints. Her ex, Benji (Lou Taylor Pucci), is a privileged, sexist party animal. He is constantly lying to Beck, and Joe knows it. Her other toxic friend is Peach Salinger (Shay Mitchell), who constantly thinks she’s better than everyone else, wants all the attention from Beck and even enjoys dragging down her friends.

Even though the natural reaction would be to hate Joe, we strangely end up rooting for him. At times you almost want to forget all the horrible and terrible things he’s done. The series uses deliberate rom-com techniques and dialogue which ultimately lures you into a false sense of security. 

The series bleeds with dark and mature themes, giving you a chill down your spin while watching Joe’s actions is disbelief . It really puts into perspective how some people out there have twisted plans for you and become more than a friendly face without you noticing.

The plot of the series shows a guy wanting to be a girl’s dream boyfriend, to be the ‘Nice guy’, but goes too far and becomes her worst nightmare. How far will Joe go and what surprises do we have installed in season two?

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