“You,” Netflix’s New Series Review (Spoiler Free)
I first heard of the show “You” from social media. The original Lifetime series premiered on Netflix to higher views and outstanding reviews. At first, the show seemed cliche and a tad cheesy. Once I started watching, “You” surprised me. The characters are well rounded, and the story never loses intensity.
“You” stars Penn Badgley as the good looking, but slightly off main character: Joe Goldberg. At first, Joe seems innocent enough. He notices a pretty girl and gets his flirt on. Yet, as the series progresses, it is obvious there is more sinister than sexy in Joe. His narrations over the course of the show are disturbing. Joe’s manipulations bleed through his stoic exterior. In short, Joe Goldberg can’t hide his true nature for long.
One of the best subtleties of the show is the frequent nod to literature’s most notable “Big Bads.” Wuthering Heights (by Emily Bronte) and Frankenstein (by Mary Shelley) are a few novels that make an appearance in “You”. The writers of the show compare the characters to our own Joe Goldberg. Joe even goes as far to say, “Frankenstein’s monster? Wasn’t actually the bad guy.”
True Crime fans will also enjoy “You.” Joe’s harrowing origin story and violent tendencies are right out of a Criminal Minds (CBS) episode. It’s safe to say he has all the makings of a serial killer, even before the show begins. His controlling and obsessive nature is evident. Despite his constant reassurance to viewers that everything he does is for love.
I definitely recommend this show to viewers. The acting is great, the writing is clever, and the story is fascinating from beginning to end. Lifetime has stepped back from the project, but Netflix comes to the rescue. The popular streaming service renewed the series for a second season. Enjoy the show, and remember to check outside your window.