Damson - What we're watching #16
Season 2 of "You" dropped on to Netflix on Boxing Day to a fair amount of fanfare. If you are wondering whether to bother with it or not, let us help with your decision.
Season 1 told the story of a Mr. Nice Guy who soon turns out to have endless issues, be totally obsessive and show some traits of toxic masculinity. Based on a novel of the same name, the show is so bonkers you can't help but be totally hooked. Sure, it plays to the extremes, but it plays on the romantic ideals and expectations society has.
Joe Goldberg (played by Penn Badgley) is our Mr. Nice Guy with a twist. A nice guy from a tough childhood who is also a hopeless romantic. Or so you would think. He just wants to be loved an is smarting from being rejected by the love of his life.
When he spots from afar the new apple of his eye Guinevere Beck (Or just "Beck", because she's new York cool you see), he imagines that she is the personification of what every woman "should" be. Beck, like most characters in the show is pretty quickly revealed to be insufferable herself, but you feel like that is the whole point. She's a bit careless, a bit selfish and wants the world handed to her on a stick without really having to try to work for it. While she doesn't have the violent and murderous traits that Joe does, she is by no way innocent.
Throughout the whole season, you are never 100% sure about Joe. He's not the way he is without reason, and every now and again you get a flashback to the monstrous upbringing that shaped him. If you are familiar with Penn Badgeley from "Gossip Girl", you'll be pleasantly surprised that he plays the menacing role so well. Weirdly though, the character became somewhat of a sex symbol online after this was aired, prompting Badgley to address that Joe really isn't a good guy or someone to be admired and lusted after. The internet is a weird, weird place sometimes.
"You" is as bad as good television gets and as good as bad television gets all at the same time. Fun, super watchable, infuriating, annoying, slick but totally addictive.
Worth your time, and we're sure season 2 will be too.
January 4, 2020