The weather has cooled down, and I’ve found my new fall obsession in Lifetime’s “You.”
You is a promising offering; it’s thrilling yet sexy, provocative yet at times, uncomfortable. You bet your ass I’m referring to the scene where Joe stands outside her window watching her “finish” and pleasuring himself in the bushes. And I shudder to think that’s just the beginning of what Joe is capable of.
The premiere focused mostly on nice guy Joe Goldberg’s character, and he’s problematic in the best way.
We learned about who he is, how he operates and what he thinks via voiceovers that were directed at Beck, the girl from the bookstore. The relationship he formed with her in his mind was alarming but concurrently, one of the best parts of the episode because it really allowed you to get inside his twisted head. You were able to stalk the stalker and make the same judgements about him that he was making about those around him.
What seemed like an innocent connection between two book nerds rather quickly turned into something more dangerous, even deadly. Joe became consumed with getting to know Beck. His obsession teetered on the border of normalcy — when he social media stalked her — to insanity — when he reported a gas leak in her apartment so he can sneak in and look through her things.
Penn Badgley’s performance of the guy-next-door-turned complete psycho was intoxicating simply because you found yourself rooting for the guy you really shouldn’t be rooting for. Tgive credit where credit is due, he did pull her up when she fell onto the train tracks, didn’t freak-out when she threw up in his face (how did he not?) and got her home safely. But he also stole her phone so he could read all of her messages and trace her every move so there’s that.
He warned “Beck” about the strangers who may have bad intentions while being the stranger with bad intentions. Everything Joe tried to protect her from, he became. It’s a stunning display of a person who lacks self-awareness even though they are able to assess and pass judgment, mostly accurate, about everyone around them.
But it’s also one thing to think he friends aren’t faithful, that her boyfriend is a douchebag, and that she’s an attention seeker, but it’s another thing to act on those judgments and impulses.
And act on them he did.
The moment when he took a hammer to bind the book for his neighbor friend was palpitating because it was evident that the next thing being struck by said hammer would be the back of Benji’s head. I predicted it, which was infuriating because should a guy like Joe really be that predictable?
Most concerning is how unaware Joe is that his crazy is untucking. On the surface he’s nice, but he’s got the manipulation down to an art. He thinks he’s superior to everyone around him, including Beck, but he also believes he’s acting out of love or that his intentions are in the right place. He believes he’s the hero in the story and also, the savior that she needs as a damsel in distress.
And he justifies his extreme action of locking up her hook-up in the book cage because he’s a shit human.
If this is what he pulls after just knowing Beck for less than a week, what else does good ‘ole Joe have in store for us?
There was a brief mention of Joe’s previous girlfriend, the one that made his so wary of love and sparked his interest on being “careful,” but it seems like she may have been his first victim.
Who knows, maybe Joe Goldberg isn’t even his real name.
I’m intrigued to see what happens when it dawns on him that the Beck he’s infatuated with, the woman he created based on the social media profiles and the perception she puts out into the world, isn’t actually the woman she really is.
Will he lose it? Will her friends pick up on the fact that Joe isn’t just a nice guy? Will they “see it in his eyes” like the abuser that lives next door?
He sees right through Joe which would make him a bigger threat than Benji. The only difference is that Ron doesn’t stand in the way of his relationship with Beck the way Benji does.
His ability to comprehend that Ron isn’t a good person because he’s a woman beater while convincing himself that whatever stalker-ish things he’s doing is concerning in itself.
There are still likable moments about Joe ranging from his cheek-in-tongue commentary about our society to taking young Paco under his wing and teaching him about books. Hopefully, this part of the friendship remains innocent. The fact that Joe would selflessly share his sandwich with the kid while not having any food in the apartment speaks volumes to there being something redeemable in Joe.
However, if he continues down this path, which I’m sure he will, those selfless acts won’t be able to save him for long.
People are disappointing Beck said upon meeting Joe and really, she has no idea.
Let this show be a lesson that you have to be very wary of what you put on social media channels and how much you allow the public to know about you.
At no point should a stranger ever be able to find out that much information about you. YOU may be the reality check our society needs.
What did you think? Rate the premiere in the comments below!
Everything We Already Know About ‘YOU’ Season 3 on Netflix
Joe Goldberg, Will Bettelheim, or whatever we’re calling him these days, is only just getting started with you.
WARNING: stop reading if you don’t want spoilers for YOU Season 1 and Season 2!
The second season of the Lifetime-turned-Netflix series left on a pretty major cliffhanger: Joe is expecting a child with Love. Oh, and despite being confronted by someone equally as insane that made him realize his behavior and actions are completely unacceptable, he cannot help himself when he notices his new neighbor and his stalker-senses start tingling again.
Given all of that, it’s no surprise that the upcoming third season (which was renewed in early January) is highly-anticipated. It’s shaping up to be even more intense than the first two seasons combined.
The stakes are much higher now that a child is involved, Joe is being held accountable for his actions by Love, and much to his dismay, he’s stuck in a relationship with someone he’s not even in love with.
So, here’s what we know about the third season of YOU.
- You’re going to binge-watch it – HA, okay, that was just a joke to see if you were paying attention. Of course, you’re going to binge-watch it.
- It will premiere in 2021 – Netflix has confirmed that. In other words, you have about a year to recover from the insanity that was season 2.
- Production has already kicked off – Showrunner Sera Gamble took to Twitter to share that “We’ve started work on season 3. Just thought you’d want to know.” And yes, we did want to know, so thank you, Sera.
— Sera Gamble (@serathegamble) February 7, 2020
- It will be 10 episodes – Both seasons have consisted of 10 episodes so why fix something that isn’t broken, am I right?
- You’ll see some familiar faces – Badgley will obviously reprise his character as stalker Joe, while Victoria Pedretti will return as his psycho baby momma Love Quinn.
- Will Ellie be back? It’s not confirmed, but I’m crossing my fingers that we’ll also see Jenna Ortega return because we need a wellness check on that girl!
- The dream team is returning – Not Joe and Love… never Joe and Love. We’re talking about Sera Gamble and Greg Berlanti who delivered some twisted television magic.
- Can I crush on Joe? – Seriously, no. He’s a narcissistic murder no matter how great his jawline is. You all saw what happened to Delilah.
- The neighbor will be explored – Not much is known about the plot of season 3, but I reckon the object of Joe’s attention in those final moments is going to play a vital role. Even the season 3 announcement teased “see you soon, neighbor.” There are plenty of theories about who the mystery woman could be (Badgley debunked that it’s his mother, but do we believe him?), but I really want it to be Candace again. She can be like “hey, I’m still not dead.” Or maybe it’s Beck’s sister? Whoever it is, I don’t think it’s going to be anyone random.
See you soon, neighbor. YOU S3 is coming. pic.twitter.com/rCJx7K9v0P
— YOU (@YouNetflix) January 14, 2020
- Is it based on a book? Maybe. The first two seasons were based on novels by Caroline Kepnes, although, the plot did stray from the book ever so slightly. Kepnes is currently writing her third book and close to being finished, but there’s no word if it will inspire the third season.
- Will Joe finally get what’s coming to him? I mean, I hope so. Whatever happened to the pee cup? How can no one tie any of these murders to him? Why does he keep getting away?
As you wait for the new season, you can binge-watch season 1 and 2 on Netflix.
And don’t forget to check out the funniest memes inspired by our dear Joe and his murderous tendencies.
Joe Goldberg Stalks Again as Netflix Renews YOU for Season 3
Joe Goldberg will stalk again when YOU returns for its recently renewed third season!
Netflix gave the official green-light to the Penn Badgley-fronted drama on Tuesday.
“See you soon neighbor,” the YOU Twitter account posted along with a video teasing the new season.
See you soon, neighbor. YOU S3 is coming. pic.twitter.com/rCJx7K9v0P
— YOU (@YouNetflix) January 14, 2020
The series originally premiered on Lifetime but found massive success after scoring a streaming deal on Netflix.
By the time the second season premiered on Dec. 26, it was one of Netflix’s most-watched premieres of 2019.
With Joe Goldberg becoming a pop culture phenomenon, the show gaining a massive following, and the second season ending on a mighty cliffhanger, a renewal was almost a sure thing.
Entertainment Weekly reports that season 3 will consist of 10 new episodes. Badgley will reprise his role as the stalker/killer who’s trying his best while his baby momma Victoria Pedretti will return as the equally deranged, Love.
The new season will premiere sometime in 2021 and will hopefully give us the following answers (spoilers ahead):
- Who is the neighbor and will she become the object of Joe’s affection? Could Beck be alive? Is it Beck’s sister? A total stranger?
- How are Love and Joe preparing to be parents?
- Are they going to continue killing together?
- Is it Joe’s baby? Or did Love lie?
- What happened to Ellie? We seriously hope she’s okay.
- Will we get more clarity on what happened to Joe’s mother?
The series is based on two bestsellers from Caroline Kepnes, “YOU” and “Hidden Bodies.” She’s currently writing the third book, though it’s unclear if it will be the basis for the upcoming season, especially given how much has changed in the screen-adaptation.
Just remember Joe, we know where the bodies are buried.
You – Amour Fou (1×06)
It was a bloody battle for Beck’s heart, but in the end, there could only be one surviving stalker.
Were you surprised that it was Joseph?
I knew he had it in him, but given his condition during the whole stake-out, I figured Peach would definitely take this one.
Without Joe, though, there wouldn’t be much of a story because as we saw, every one of Peache’s efforts to seduce and lure Beck was unsuccessful.
The show definitely won’t be the same without Peach who served as an incredible opponent for Joe. No one else could go head-to-head with him the way she did.
The whole hour was a tantalizing example of what an obsession can do to someone and the lengths the obsession will go to.
Given that Peach knew she had a stalker, I’m not sure why she didn’t execute more caution throughout their little getaway. Why did she leave doors open? Why didn’t she hire security? Why wasn’t there an alarm?
All of this could have been prevented, or at least delayed until the next time Joe found himself in direct competition for the object of his obsession.
But by the end of the hour, she began piecing it all together and realized that she’s been right about Joe all along.
There was no way she’d ever keep this to herself, so Joe only had one solution.
Though Peach is dead, or at least, they want us to think she’s dead, Joe will undoubtedly be paying for it.
Remember how I mentioned the condition he was in? Yeah, it was not good.
He kept passing out at random moments and hallucinating his ex-girlfriend. The verdict is out on that one that she’s most definitely dead. Those hallucinations seemed like they were a part of his guilty subconscious.
It also was Joe’s way of telling himself he needs help. He’s so aware of his mental state, but he chooses to ignore it. It’s fascinating to watch.
There’s no doubt about it, Joe will be placed at the scene of the crime eventually.
His attempt at impersonating the wealthy was convincing, but not convincing enough for the cop to erase him off his radar.
The minute he was alerted of a “suicide,” the cop knew Joe was involved.
Pee, blood, fingerprints, hair, sweat … it’s all there just waiting to be placed into evidence.
How in the world is he going to explain being UNDER Peach’s bed to the cops?
Seeing how appalled Joe was by Peach watching Beck when he was standing behind her doing the exact same thing was hilarious.
Joe is so delusional, he has no idea that he’s on the same level as Peach with his obsession.
There were so many times I wanted to give Beck the benefit of the doubt, but she’s dumber than a bag of rocks.
Why on earth would she just take some random pill that was handed to her before asking what it was?
You don’t just do drugs with people and hope for the best.
Why doesn’t she listen to Joe’s warnings? And better yet, why doesn’t she see the warning signs herself?
She began picking up on Peach’s come-on’s by the end when she desperately wanted her to go to Paris, but at that point, it was already too late.
The way she twisted her own agenda to make it seem like Beck was the crazy one was beyond deranged. This is why she’s been able to keep a grip on Beck for so long, she’s the queen of gaslighting.
I wish we saw what happened when the gun went off. I know it was supposed to be more mysterious like “who shot who,” but I’d much rather just see it happen.
Otherwise, I’m not even sure Peach really is dead. I’ve been taught never believe anything until I see a body.
Part of me even expected Beck to double-back after her fight with Peach and find the two of them battling it out in the gardens.
Wouldn’t that storyline make everything more interesting? Beck would realize that both of them were looney’s and at that point, Peach and Joe would have to work together to win her back, or worse, silence her.
Joe and Peach would make a pretty solid team.
- Why didn’t they show Peach’s funeral?
- We met Paco’s mother, Claudia, and she promised she kicked her deadbeat boyfriend out. Will he make a comeback? Will she tell authorities about Joe’s gunshot wound?
- Joe’s car was registered to a completely different name? Is Joe not even Joe?
- It’s clear that Beck will never make it out of this alive. Joe wants control over Beck and he’s willing to do anything to get it. Eventually, Beck will be the person standing in his way of gaining that control. And you know what will happen then.
- I’m going to say he’s going to lock her up and keep her prisoner for as long as he can before killing her a la Benji style.
- It’s the only way, Beck.
- Which reminds me, there is no way Peach would have been able to recognize Benji’s watch. Yes, maybe she’d be able to tell that Joe was wearing a watch that was out of his means, but not whose it was.
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