“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.