You season 2 – Review

To catch up on what happened in YOU season 1, read my season 1 review here

You Season 1 – Review

So I just finished season two in two days. Let me just say that it is very much worth the watch. Season two gets better and shines more light into Joe’s childhood. Things make more sense but let me tell you that this show definitely is not a light hearted show. It’s dark in an alluring way.

The story is so good.
The lead character, Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley), walks you through everything he’s thinking while the show goes on, which lets you know how much of a psychopath he is.

He does seem to have a soft spot for children, whom he cares for and tries to protect, as he needed to be as a child.

Every episode leaves you on the edge of wanting to know what happens next and hardly ever you will find yourself scrolling your cellphone from boredom.

After his pre-Beck ex Candace (Ambyr Childers) turns up, very much alive and aware of his crimes, Joe flees to Los Angeles; the perfect hiding spot because it’s the last place he wants to be. There, Joe gets a new name (Will), a new life (ok, he’s still a bookstore employee, but now it’s at a hippie chic LA health store called Anavrin, aka Nirvana spelled backwards), and, of course, a new obsession.

There he meet Love Quinn (Victoria Pedretti) and falls into the same pattern he did with Beck but this time Joe thinks it will be different and he will be a better man so the bad things he does for her can be excused because she makes him want to do “good”.

No matter how far he moves, nor how fast he moves on to a new woman, Joe cannot escape the violent deeds of his past. Joe is unable to run away from his crimes against Beck just as he was unable to escape what he did to Candace.

Love Quinn is just as willing to kill for love as Joe, in fact, recognizing their kindred darkness is what drew her to him.

She’s spent the season manipulating events and playing him as much as he has her.

The season ends with them together, and Joe trapped in an even worse hell with Love being pregnant and willing to do anything for their relationship even like murdering someone to save their relationship.

The twist at the ending shocked me. I was not ready for what happened but in a good way. I was also sad to find out about some way things ended for some characters and their deaths but love the way how things turned out. Love is possibly even more unhinged than Joe, and unlike him, she’s actually a methodical and competent killer who knows exactly how to take down her prey.

Season 2 had some amazing character development and completely unbelievable, as well unexpected twists. The series serves as a highly binge-able, very modern thriller.

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You Season 1 – Review

“You” Season 2 premieres Dec. 26 on Netflix. So here is the review of it’s season 1.

“YOU” is an American psychological thriller series developed by Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble. The first season is based on the eponymous 2014 novel titled YOU by Caroline Kepnes.
“YOU” is a show that most certainly captures the essence of the complexity of love and the lengths that some are able to go for it. It is undoubtedly thrilling, keeping me stressed out about what will happen next. It’s also incredibly good at warming ones heart. You’ll find yourself both loving Penn Badgley as Joe (protagonist), and his kind heart and selflessness, but also hating his guts.
“You do bad things for the people you love but it doesn’t mean it’s right. It is because love is more important” . This is what Joe, the main character in the series, said to a little kid after he did something ‘bad’. It somehow sums up what the series is all about.

It could be love that drawn Joe (Penn Badgley), a bookstore manager to Beck (Elizabeth Lail), a struggling new writer after he first saw her at the bookstore.

After a series of barely ignorable stalking from Joe, the series started like your usual cheesy romantic story but it turns out creepy and bloody as it continues to unravel before your eyes. Yes it could be love or could it be addiction?
In a sense the show is nothing less than breath-taking. The cinematography and acting are also great.
However the flaws that are causing me to wonder whether my time spent watching this show was worth it are a few poor plot decisions, some pretty unrealistic scenarios, and a pretty terrible ending. While Joe is a stalker, the lengths that he goes to, and things he’s able to get away with, are unnervingly unrealistic. He sneaks his way into houses to watch people, literally tip-toeing around them. Realistically he would most DEFINITELY, been seen or heard. And more importantly no one would go to these lengths to stalk someone. His relationship with Beck, the main love interest, is very enthralling and profound, yet it feels like it was dragged on until the very end of the season for no reason. Seriously. The writer(s) even made them take a little break for two episodes just so they could prolong the season which ended incredibly anticlimactically. They have already milked the hell out of the whole “look at me I’m a murderer who can’t be caught” thing, and realistically he would have most definitely been caught for at least a few of them. The murdering spree is basically definitely going to be continued based on the way the first season ended. He killed what seemed to be the love of his life, eliminating the intimacy and real ness between the two that had been building through the whole season, which leaves me with little excitement for the second season.
All in all, this series had me pretty interested throughout its entirety, and if you’re looking for a show that hits both the categories of a romance and a thriller/horror, then this one does so pretty adequately.

Few unrealistic details and a plot that could use some work but if you’ve got the time I’d definitely recommend giving it a watch.

The Witcher- Netflix review

The Witcher is a Polish-American fantasy drama web television series created by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich for Netflix. It is based on the book series of the same name by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski. The series premiered on Netflix on December 20, 2019.
The characters and storyline managed to grip me throughout the entire season and I enjoyed every minute of it. The casting seemed almost perfect and now, some of the characters seem like they could never be acted by anyone else.
The storyline might seem confusing and wild at first and takes time to figure out and connect with it but once I did, I loved it. I came to realize that this wildness and difference from any other show is what makes it The Witcher – and I didn’t come to watch a remake of game of thrones, so I loved it. They delve into excellent and unique ideas and plots that make the show something definitely worth watching.

The strength of this series really relies on the cast and the writers. It is truly refreshing to see a group of people who all seem to really love what they’re doing and be putting so much effort into their performances.

Henry Cavill is spectacular as the iconic Geralt of Rivia and expands on previous iterations of the character, making the role his own while still staying true to all the aspects that makes the character so great.

He does an amazing job in his role and his performance was one of the focal points that I enjoyed in the show.

The supporting characters and two other leads (Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg and Freya Allen as Princess Cirilla) all bring this fantasy world to life with very real performances that remind us that they don’t have to be saving the world from an apocalyptic danger for their stories to hold true dramatic weight, and that’s also a testament to the great writing this series has.

The backdrop of conquest, war, and apocalyptic prophecy was well balanced with Geralt’s daily routine of monster hunting, a task his kind was designed to do as a Witcher. I’d add that the magical effects were also perfectly done. They were both subtle and effective.
The combat in this series is beautifully done. The scenes with Geralt fighting enemies with the camera panning him from the back is cinematography at it’s finest, along with the very gory, explicit kill scenes, all tying into the dark fantasy world. The sword fights all seemed realistic and natural, along with the powerful but not over powered magic.
My only criticism is that it can be difficult to follow at times when it jumps around to different points in time, even for someone familiar with the lore. However, paying closer attention pays off, and re-watching certain scenes can be both rewarding and productive. Though I’d humbly suggest that Hissrich include some date annotation going forward – and trust that it won’t detract from the story.
In summary, the first season is off with a bloody, sardonic, and immensely satisfying start. It’s a masterfully crafted and acted adaptation, and I have little doubt that it will become massively popular as it continues. Personally, I can’t wait to see where it goes from here.
Do keep in mind, the timeline in the episodes are not linear so keep an eye out for the obvious hints that will help you make the connection.
Really excited for the upcoming season.