This Review will contain spoilers
Hello Raiders, YOU is a popular Netflix show that has just recently released its third season. 10 episodes came out on October 15th, 2021, with the continuation of the Love Quinn plot. This review will give you a quick recap, and enlighten hope for season 4. As this psychological thriller television series captivates all its viewers, I recommend it this Christmas break.
YOU stars Penn Badley as Joe Goldberg, a New York bookstore manager, book-lover, psychopathic stalker and killer. He navigates true love, or whatever he classifies his behaviour. Despite his acts, there’s a sort of repetitiveness, where he is unable to surpass his darker instincts. As his character unveils different sides of him, we remain concerned and attached to the character and the rest of his plot. As he is the narrator of this series, we get a glance into his interests, personality and most importantly childhood environment. We’ve witnessed his past girlfriend, Guinevere Beck and she long hoped fame as a writer, posthumous.
In season 2 he moves to L.A. and we meet Love Quinn, and her brother Forty Quinn.
As we last saw Joe and Love were trying to leave their dark past behind in suburban ecstasy. Love and Joe both share a willingness to pursue love and affection, with Henry/Forty, a baby on the way.
Now in season 3, they move to a richer suburban neighbourhood and new place with this change of social satire, to announce the commencement of changes. They got married, have fled from their previous transgressions, and are supported by Love’s family with a bit of toxicity arising.
The foundation of the show is built on compulsive behaviour and positions the world around Joe and Love’s perspective, as their victims. It seems that Joe’s efforts are premeditated and precise, whereas Love attacks out of vengeance, and irrationally. This is portrayed through their enfant son’s presence at one to a few burials of their crime scenes.
The show was complicated in the fact that it put Joe in a new situation, different positions to allow us to empathize with a character declaring a compromise of good or a change of character, but it seems these incidents aren’t any special but are simply habitual. Joe and Love are easily able to endeavour between villain and victim, the town had a few cases of deaths, in which they were suspects, but quickly wipe out their tracks, or.. people.
They manipulate their sides of the stories and do things to their convenience with thinking later about the repercussions, or the police’s lack in that component.
The show worked to make us understand toxic relationships without trust, as Love and Joe are fearful of one another, both clearly comprehending Joe doesn’t admire Love anymore, go to couple’s therapy and then persist with their own methods. They collaborate together, with the legendary glass cage from New York. This could symbolize two things, he couldn’t let go of his last actions and his last created an indestructible being or the key hidden that is kept on the so called keeper is the way out, his escape route from his reality.
Joe’s love for books leads him to the town’s public library, where he gets a job alongside his alluring, intelligent coworker Marianne. He falls in love with her after he discovers and heightens her personal struggles. He soon later is able to do justly, and develop his ways, planning an escape for him and Henry/Forty, from the “dangerous monster”, Love. Contrary to Love’s side, attempts to be in the town’s graces, and manipulates those around her.
Overall the third season has an instalment of real-world commentary as it addresses anti-vaxxers, domestic violence. Joe’s perspective has prospered so far to let us wonder why so? This highlights the dangerous undertones in the name of entertainment.
This show is very compelling in the fact that it silences our initial arguments against the show, Netflix hits are becoming quite complicated, though they draw us back in.