Netflix’s You

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Happy spooky season y’all! Today, I am talking about Netflix’s You. Warning: This show is not for the faint of heart and only currently covers seasons 1 and 2.

Oh boy y’all. This one is a doozy.

You Season 1:

Initial thoughts:

You presents to you a really good example of a complex character. Joe does good things and seems like the best of intentions. He loves Beck and a lot of his dialogue seems like it would happen in an ordinary relationship.

Yet, all this good is deeply contrasted with all of the bad he does. And by bad, I of course mean murder, breaking and entering, stalking, hacking, and these are just the obvious ones.

The whole show feels like a satire on a romantic comedy with comments on “this is what would happen if it were a rom-com”. But that’s not the only interesting thing about this show. We get more of Joe’s backstory with Paco than with Beck–at least until they get back together. Joe is quick to judge Peach and how she is a leech preying on Beck because she loves her when he is doing basically the same thing.

Personal comment time:

One aspect of the show I appreciate is the emphasis on how much information you can get from someone’s social media. It’s amazing how much of our lives we display on social media without realizing it. All without a second thought. Or the people who have public accounts that aren’t businesses. Anyone can glean information from your social media and it is something we–as users of the internet–should be more aware of. Not that we need to live in fear but to be aware of what we post online.

Small side story, I took a class where the teacher would go on and on about this concept.

Anyway, I totally called Beck would end up in the cage and Candace would come back for season 2. I never thought she was dead. I absolutely loved the Bluebeard castle poem and it might have been my favorite episode of the series. Also, I give props to my short story class I took for teaching me who Raymond Carver is so I could understand the comparison to Blythe’s short story. (He’s pretty up there like the Shakespeare of short stories in case you aren’t a lit major). Also, is it just me or does Beck’s inner dialogue sound a lot like Diane from Bojack Horseman?

You Season 2:

Is it wrong I relate so much to Joe? I mean, he hates running, I hate running. He thinks book movies are awful, I think book movies are awful (they make better tv shows). My favorite episode has to be 7 when he goes on all of those dates and it is the funniest but cringe-iest thing ever. I don’t know if this was on purpose but Forty calling Joe/Will “old sport” made me think of Gatsby. It’s cool that Joe was able to find his brand of crazy and find love even if it may not be what he pictured.

Things I predicted would happen in season 2:

  • Love is like Joe
  • Delilah was going to die because of her parallels to Beck
  • Forty’s death

In this season, it was interesting when people would comment on whether or not they think Joe is a good person. The hard part is much like Bojack Horseman, you want him to be a good person but you also want him to go to jail for all his crimes. I felt at war with myself between rooting for both his success and his failures. Candace didn’t need to try and destroy Will. He’ll destroy himself with his self-destructive behavior.

However, the most unrealistic aspect is there not being any confusion on love vs Love. Seriously not even in as a joke?

Final Thoughts:

Honestly, the show should stop after season 2. It wasn’t as good as season 1 but still has a satisfying ending. My only question for the writers is why they put religion in a bad light in both seasons. Beck’s family is Christian and they are the worst and in season 2, Dr. Nicky is religious and he’s depicted as a bit of a wackadoodle. That being said, this show is great about having diversity in its cast.

If you are not easily creeped out, give this series a try. You can get through it in ~2-3 days (like I did). Thank you so much for reading my thoughts, I appreciate it. Comment below what your favorite part was. If you liked it, consider subscribing to my mailing list and if you want, check out my take on Bojack Horseman here.

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