Assuming that you watched You, you may have recognised Penn Badgley, best known for his role as Dan Humphrey in the series Gossip Girl.
Having seen Gossip Girl, I couldn't help but notice the similarities between Joe Goldberg (in You) and Dan. They have the same 'stalker' attitude and 'loser' appeal, plus the same addiction to texts. So, my immediate question is...
Is the new thrillerYou just a spin-off of Gossip Girl?
Is it a sequel where Dan H. refines his stalking skills, and his morbid interest evolves into action? The role of subtle outcast really suits Penn and he's cut for it. Also, doesn't Beck (object of his unhealthy affection) treat Joe just like Serena Van Der Woodsen (Blake Lively) treated (or shall we say 'ignored'?) Dan, before falling in love with him? The exception is that Beck is smarter and broke. 😅
Let's just take a step back... What's You about?
You is a ten-part series adapted from Caroline Kepnes' best-selling novel of the same title. It follows Joe, a New York bookstore manager, with a past of emotional neglect, who falls in love with a customer and aspiring-writer named Guinevere "Beck" (Elizabeth Lail) and quickly becomes obsessed with her. Sounds like the typical boy-meets-girl story with a horror twist, right?
Not quite. Joe Goldberg is no common serial killer. He does what it does for love. He's the kind of manslayer you sympathise with because he acts for a good cause. He leads you to buy into his motive because it's valid, it's the only possible way to make things right, and after all, what better way to resolve a problem than by eliminating its cause? Just like the good old Dexter used to do. I think everybody here agrees that Paco's abusive step-father death was inevitable.
In terms of character, I like Joe's complexity and I'm kind of glad that he got to get away with murder in the end. All of us have experienced rejection and betrayal at least once in our life, and that's what drives me to relate to Joe more than to his victims, particularly Peach (Shay Mitchell)...
Don't you feel that (fictional) vigilante justice has a cathartic effect on us?
You season one's finale meets the requirements of proper cliff-hangers, although a bit unrealistic, given that Joe never left a 'job' incomplete if you know what I mean. So, Candace's sudden re-appearance makes me think (and hope) that he may not be the only nutjob here... And it sets a sensational premise for a potential season 2, which it's implied, I hope.
You also throws a big light on the power of Social Media and how some people use it to create a fake image of themselves by hiding behind a virtual wall and pretending that everything's okay when it's not. And also how the social community can tear apart one's life by posting a ''simple'' comment.
All things considered, I think Joe's life would have been just as fine with fewer murders and a bit more care.
Did he really need to kill Beck's wealthy, arrogant and toxic boyfriend, Benji Ashby? (From the way I described him sounds like a yes 😂) No, I don't think so. He could have instead leveraged on Benji's incriminating video, dropped him somewhere nearly overdosed, anonymously call an ambulance and share the video on Social Media from an unknown account.
Also, was he really so naive to leave behind 'organic' traces of himself in the place where he murdered Peach? Why not remove the jar from the place altogether???