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 like “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, props to my short story class for teaching me who Raymond Carver is so I could understand the comparison to Blythe’s short story. (He’s like the Shakespeare of short stories). 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?

Season 3:

In this season, Love and Joe settle down in suburbia with their newborn son Henry “Forty” Quinn-Goldberg. Neither of them is happy. However, the audience gets to explore the two-sided coin of Love and Joe’s characters which is interesting.

Ep1 

  • Ah yes the neighbor is the one that’s off
  • Is this a hallucination 
  • He really doesn’t hate you. Babies cry all the time 
  • I wish you would love Love 
  • Backhanded comments 😬
  • It feels like both of you have chosen targets
  • Why is she helping him practically cheat on his wife
  • No wonder she gave it to you 
  • Absolutely 
  • And yet…
  • Or they are and this isn’t what it’s supposed to be like 
  • They are both married 
  • Ice cream solves a lot of problems 
  • I’m hungry for love’s new bakery 
  • Both 
  • Eww
  • I think you needed therapy awhile ago

Ep2

  • Bonding over covering up a murder
  • Shallow grave
  • Mirrors of each other
  • Wabbits were foreshadowing 
  • It’s only episode 2…
  • Bakery or cage
  • both hid a key🤣
  • I love the name of their bakery 
  • She’s a meanie dont pay her any attention 
  • Impulsive 
  • Theo is your son…oh boy

Ep3 

  • He’s probably guilty because he feels like it’s his fault 
  • If you’re coming to a bakery you gotta get something 
  • He’s gonna find their cage
  • Every shot of henry is precious
  • Confronting the darker side to him
  • You still need someone to frame 
  • Love what are you doing 

Ep4

  • Time to off one of the neighbors 
  • 3 targets so far…great
  • Convenient murder planning

Ep5

  • Oh hi theo
  • Welp
  • Oh boy boy’s weekend
  • Welp 
  • You popped in your own shoulder 
  • They really didn’t 
  • Smooth kid
  • Why can’t you and joe just adopt this kid vs him try and kiss you
  • Welp
  • She’s right
  • Noooooooo
  • Really

Ep6

  • I hate this
  • Skip
  • I don’t like this
  • Mom has a point
  • Wow solid advice from the twin mom
  • No thanks 
  • Let him go let him go
  • Theo!
  • Stahpppp
  • Actually you should quit
  • Dual cheating…. I hate this

Ep7

  • I mean…
  • Oh yikes
  • I don’t like it
  • I love everyone’s outfits
  • Apparently everyone loves love and joe
  • She ruffled her feathers 🤣
  • I honestly feel bad for the mom
  • Yikes
  • I feel like I’m the only mad one here 

Ep8

  • Dante is me. I want out of this conversation 
  • Love the throwbacks to previous seasons 
  • I think that was a good call joe
  • You want him to come when you know your ex is planning something 
  • You don’t want water with your pills?
  • It’s always been your heart
  • You still have friends 
  • Finishing what was started earlier this season
  • Not who i thought was going to be murdered next
  • You would do anything for love but you won’t do that🎶
  • The new love language
  • Don’t be suspicious don’t be suspicious 
  • I wish you loved your wife 

Ep9

  • Purple flag? Does red mean divorce? 
  • Does it have bullets? Maybe it’s empty 
  • Dude she’s violent too
  • Oh shoot my book club meets here? 🤣🤣🤣
  • And all the other murders you committed 
  • You’re telling her how to keep the facade
  • Shh cary murder girl talk
  • Whyyy is she helping her
  • It’s the wife
  • Actually your first guess was right
  • Character development is forcing love to clean up after herself 
  • Behind you
  • He’s worse than you 
  • Oh no they may have to kill theo
  • Why call love first
  • Oh boy
  • Oh no
  • No you’re still bad
  • He’s just a kid

Ep10

  • It’s too late to apologize🎶
  • Love doesn’t know that
  • I think you’re going to end up dead or back in the cage
  • Flying in the sky? Is that foreshadowing 
  • You can’t be mad when you just tried to murder the kid next door 
  • Yes tell em how you really feel
  • You also cheated 
  • Ah yes the husbands are alwayssss the issue 🤦‍♀️
  • What a threatening sit
  • That’s not an option for her
  • Ahhh so that was your game
  • Awww man who actually loves his wife 
  • Obviously not, smarts are not his strong suit
  • Awww 
  • Stuff went down
  • They found love’s key bc it wasn’t well hidden 
  • Why are you cutting off your toe
  • Ewwww
  • Oh boy
  • Her letter wasn’t as good as becks
  • Oh boy
  • He’s okay 😊

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.

After season 3, I don’t see where the show goes from here. Joe is, in my mind, back where he was in season 1. The only new thing about this season were people who actually survived love and joe. Joe received no real consequences for his actions. Love is gone. Their marriage was interesting but aligned with what I expected. The ending wasn’t what I expected and I still have mixed feelings about it.

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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