Wow, YOU Season 4 Episode 5—the mini-season finale to hold fans over until the remaining 5 episodes of the season premiere on March 9—really went off the deep end.
But now, it makes sense that the series has been split into two parts. “The Fox and the Hound” closed the chapter on the murder mystery as Joe finally learned the identity of you. And while he was utterly shocked that he didn’t crack the mystery or even consider the possibility while at Hampsie, the twist wasn’t as shocking as I hoped it to be. There were definitely many possibilities for the stalker/ murderer, but Rhys continuously topped my lists of suspects, so how did Joe, a natural-born stalker and killer, miss this one? Is he really that off his game? And is this the show’s way of throwing us off for several remaining episodes?
With the whodunnit in the rearview mirror, the second half of the season can focus on what Joe is going to do about it now that he knows the truth while everyone else continues buying into Rhys’ “man of the people” persona that he’s adopted for his mayoral run. Part 2 of YOU is going to be all about Joe’s revenge because if there’s one thing Joe despises, it’s someone threatening him and his European holiday. And Rhys did all of that—not to mention he left Joe to die in a blazing fire.
While the Rhys revelation wasn’t shocking, the rest of the episode was unhinged… in a good way. You really have no idea what these rich people are capable of, which provided a thrill ride from start to finish. Joe was running on a high of emotions—from helping Kate hide Gemma’s body to running through the wood being chased by a raging aristocratic lunatic that was keen on shooting and killing him. Absolutely nuts, and yet, still somehow grounded and believable. I can’t explain it, maybe it’s the way the episode was constructed, maybe we want to buy into what’s being sold, or maybe we’ve just boarded a similar yet completely different crazy train with Joe a few times before so we’re ready for anything to happen.
We also know, from past experiences, that he’ll always manage to find a way out of a bind. He’s been trapped in worse situations than this, so I have no doubt that this will end with Joe victorious once again.
The craziest thing about this revamped season is that Joe is semi-likable. And that might be the real danger of all. I don’t know what the series is trying to do by giving Joe a somewhat redeeming story arc—this is the same man that kept teeth from his victims, bashed Peach Salinger’s head while she was jogging simply because he didn’t like her, and kept people locked up in cages—so why am I rooting for him?
Joe’s “reformed,” which provides a complex situation because while he’s doing the right thing by trying to save Kate and her unworthy bunch of friends and setting his sights on the murderer, Rhys, it doesn’t suddenly make him a good person or absolve him of any of his past crimes. Joe is still a full-on murderer. The good thing about someone cracking his true identity, even someone like Rhys, is that it serves as a reminder that Jonathan is a facade. It forces us to look at/remember who Joe really is under the crafted persona—to dig into the real Joe, who we know will do just about anything to stop Rhys.
Will we get to see his true nature come on in the latter half of the season?
The one thing that separates Joe and Rhys is that the latter is honest about who he is—he’s openly and willingly murdering people because he believes they deserve it. Joe lives in denial about himself, always repressing those ugly parts and pretending that they don’t exist.
This season, Joe pales in comparison to Rhys, which is disturbing, problematic, confusing, and mostly, dangerous territory. Rhys reached out to Joe because he was impressed by him—he saw who Joe really was and was in awe of his past kills. It’s a sickening thought, and the only comforting thing is that it also seems to sicken Joe. So, while I don’t think Joe deserves to get away with all his past murders in the end, on the surface, at least Rhys is forcing him to acknowledge how messed up it all is. Maybe he’ll finally develop a conscious in the end.
The point of this season is to make audiences feel conflicted about Joe, and I’ll say they definitely succeeded.
Joe has set his sights on Rhys, a man that has a platform and looks like a saint to most of the people in London. And if he doesn’t play his cards right, Rhys could expose Joe in a heartbeat. There’s no easy way to play this, especially because Rhys is such a wild card and was really hoping that he and Joe would be kindred spirits: some serial killing/slashing duo of sorts. In a way, I’m kind of proud that Joe has fought every single bad thought, temptation, and itch. He’s definitely got blood on his hands with Vic, but for the most part, he’s really trying to not screw up this time.
And he might not be alone in his quest for revenge as he’s built a kinship with Kate and Phoebe, and likely now has Roald on his side. Roald is problematic—as almost everyone in the group is—however, he’s likely grateful that Joe freed him from the cuffs and saved him from the fire.
Yes, Joe saved a man that old Joe would’ve likely left to die. The transformation and character growth are truly shocking at times, but I’m still expecting Joe to snap and kill Roald by the end of the season.
The fact that Roald saw firsthand that Joe was also trapped in the secret dungeon, proves to him he’s not the one behind the murders as everyone accused him to be. Of course, I don’t think Joe will outright tell everyone that he knows who did it yet as he doesn’t trust them, plus, a team doesn’t even suit Joe since he does his best work alone.
But where does that leave Joe and Kate? And Joe and the rest of the group?
In the final moments of the episode, Kate reached out to thank “Jonathan” for going the extra mile to fetch the necklace she lost when they moved Gemma’s body. We all know—as they both did—that she was offering much more, and she was hurt when Joe turned her down. It likely came as a shock as they bonded the night of Gemma’s death, confessing their innermost secrets, desires, and fears to each other, well, mostly. Joe didn’t exactly tell her that he killed his wife or his prior girlfriends, nor did he come clean about his obsessive nature, but he did open up in a way we’ve never seen before. He told her about being married to a wealthy woman who did bad things, said he stuck it out for family and explained that in the end, he had to run away and pay the ultimate price—losing his son. It was one of Joe’s most vulnerable moments, which means that he truly trusted Kate with some of his secrets. I do think part of it was Joe simply finding someone he can connect with, but it was also a story that allowed him to victimize himself, skirt any responsibility for the demise of his family, and manipulate Kate’s feelings. One step forward, two steps back.
However, in the end, he realized that his feelings for Kate, which were unexpected and caught him by surprise—again, a new one for Joe—were genuine and he couldn’t risk them interfering with the mission at stake: his relationship with Rhys.
Will she stay out of his orbit? Probably not. Especially since Joe needs to keep up appearances in order to remain in the circle and close to Rhys. They’ll cross paths eventually, and I’m sure it’ll lead to more destruction.
The elite group really only consists of Adam, Phoebe, Roald, and Kate as the other three–Sophie, Blessing and Connie—are so comical and unlikable, audiences could care less about them. They don’t serve a real purpose other than to be absolutely obnoxious and annoying.
I still can’t shake this feeling that Rhys and Nadia are somehow in cahoots. She said she was sleeping with Malcolm, so what’s to say she wasn’t in bed with Rhys as well, especially since she was such a huge fan of his novel? There’s just something about Nadia’s extremely likable character, who connected with Jonathan immediately, that I don’t trust.
Other Noteworthy Moments
- Penn Badgley and Charlotte Ritchie really sold their chemistry and their distrust of each other. The way they both considered, and were briefly convinced, that the other was a murderer was so well acted.
- I love that she questioned how he knew so much about disposing of a body. It would be concerning if she didn’t pick up on that. And I was genuinely surprised Joe told her about what happened with Malcolm. I guess it’s better than the alternative that he has a certain set of skills from years of experience.
- Adam and Phoebe’s storyline about his golden shower kink is odd. I don’t fully get the point of why we’re so focused on it, but maybe it will come into play in the second half of the season.
- I really thought Adam was going to die after Joe punched him because of all the cocaine coursing through his body, which would then actually make Joe a killer with Phoebe likely turning on him. I’m glad it didn’t pan out that way.
- Joe getting a taste of his own medicine all season long has also been quite fantastic. Joe used to lock people in glass cages and now, he’s the one being locked away in a soundproof room. Oh, how things have come full circle.
- Joe’s been so preoccupied, he probably forgot all about Marienne, but hopefully, we’ll get to revisit that in the second half.
- Also, I need more information about the photographer who has seemingly recognized Joe on several occasions while taking shots of the elite at their parties. Did Rhys tip her off or is she familiar with the Joe Goldberg? Will she become an ally or an enemy?
The second half of the season drops in exactly one month on March 9, 2023. What did you think of part 1?
‘Berlin’ Is the ‘Money Heist’ Spinoff We Never Knew We Needed
Berlin is the Money Heist spinoff we never knew we needed… but we’re so glad it’s almost here.
Since Berlin (Pedro González Alonso) was hands-down the most captivating (and problematic) character in the Spanish heist drama, fans always wanted to get to know more of him, especially after he sacrificed himself in the season 1 finale for his team, largely due to his terminal illness, redeeming himself in the process.
Quickly rising the ranks as a fan-favorite, the writers kept Berlin’s spirit alive in the following seasons via flashbacks, noting that he always had a hand in the planning of the heists, even if he wasn’t around to see them through. And it became more and more clear that there was an unsatiable thirst from audiences to explore additional parts of the character’s origin story; thus, a prequel to Money Heist focusing solely on Berlin’s prior escapades only made sense.
As seen in the later season of Money Heist, or La Casa de Papel, Berlin garnered even more intrigue when his son, Rafael (Patrick Criado) joined the heist. The former Electronics Engineer from MIT is Berlin’s prodigal son, whose only request was not to end up a thief like his father, also drew attention after entering a relationship with his father’s wife, Tatiana. It’s a lot to unpack, clearly, but it’s also proof that there was nothing boring or mediocre about Berlin’s life in the slightest, at any point.
So, again, it warrants a spinoff that digs even deeper into this complex, charismatic, and morally questionable character we’ve all come to love.
When he joined the Professor’s group in the series, he was already one of the most seasoned robbers of the bunch, having a plethora of experience mapping out and executing heists of ranging scales.
With Berlin: Money Heist, we’re not only going to get to see one of those previous heists in action, but we’re also going to get a sense of the man he was before attempting the biggest heist in history, which made him the beloved criminal we’ve come to know.
Capitalizing on the love already established for the series—one of Netflix’s most popular shows of all time—the prequel finds Berlin, in all his glory as Andrés de Fonollosa, the mastermind behind a heist targeting the biggest auction house in Paris to steal €44 million.
The series trails the planning of a new heist as he recruits his crew: “Michelle Jenner (Isabel) plays Keila, an eminence in electronic engineering; Tristán Ulloa (Fariña) goes into the skin of Damián, a philanthropic professor and Berlin’s confidant; Begoña Vargas (Welcome to Eden) plays Cameron, a kamikaze who always lives on the edge; Julio Peña Fernández (Through My Window) brings to life Roi, Berlin’s faithful squire; and Joel Sánchez plays Bruce, the relentless man of action in the gang.”
While it’s mostly an all-new cast, we’ll see a few familiar faces with Alicia Sierra (Najwa Nimri) and Raquel Murillo (Itziar Ituno) appearing at some point, though it’s unclear what their connection is to the storyline. Is it possible that their paths have always crossed and Berlin was always on their radar way prior to the action at the Royal Mint?
We may not be getting the version of Berlin from the original series, but don’t fret, as the teaser trailer evidenced, he’s still as ruthless, dapper, and flirtatious as ever, meaning that they really did this character–and prequel—justice. The fact that it hails from the original showrunner, Alex Pina, is also a sign that it won’t let the fandom down.
“It’s a trip through the golden age of the character, when he robbed around Europe crazy in love,” Pina previously told TUDUM, adding, “That’s the most surprising, the comedy. You’re going to make people laugh a lot.”
Berlin in his prime, in love, and flexing his comedic bone? As the beloved criminal says in the trailer, “it’s all the things worth living for.”
The full synopsis for the series reads:
“There are only two things that are sure to turn a bad day into a great one: love, and a payday worth millions. They’re what keep Berlin going through his golden years, a time when he still has no inkling of his illness and hasn’t gotten trapped like a rat in the Spanish Mint. This is where he starts preparing one of his most extraordinary heists: making jewels worth 44 million disappear like some sort of magic trick. To do it, he’ll enlist the help of one of the three gangs he’s ever stolen with.”
Watch the Berlin trailer below:
Berlin arrives a few days prior to New Year’s Eve on Dec. 29, 2023, which means you’ll have plenty of time to binge watch while counting down to 2024.
To prepare, you can stream Money Heist on Netflix and read our coverage here.
Who Is Mel’s Father in ‘Virgin River’?
Virgin River Season 5 concluded with a tiny time jump four months into the future, bringing the timeline into the Christmas holiday season.
Disclaimer — this post includes spoilers from the episode — proceed with caution.
On Virgin River Season 5 Episode 10, as Mel (Alexandra Breckenridge) and Jack (Martin Henderson) decorated their cabin in anticipation of Joey’s arrival with the kids for their first-ever Virgin River Christmas, Mel received quite a shocking piece of information.
Her sister informed her that she found a stack of love letters between Mel’s mother and a mystery man in Virgin River that she believed could be Mel’s real father.
And this obviously lends itself to the question—who is the secret admirer?
There aren’t that many elderly men in Virgin River aside from Doc (Tim Matheson), and it would be next-level if he had another secret child in addition to Ryan, Denny’s late father. Though wouldn’t it be funny if Mel thought she just escaped to this random small town only to learn that it wasn’t random at all and she’d been working with her dad this whole time?
Aside from Doc, there’s really only Nick (Keith MacKechnie), Bert (Trevor Lerner), and Charlie (Patrick Keating), that we are familiar with, anyway.
Naturally, there are probably plenty of residents that audiences have never met (and they have to keep us on our toes and think of new directions for the storyline), and it’s possible her dad isn’t even alive anymore.
It would be extremely fitting if it was Lilly’s late husband, Buck, making Mel sisters with Ava, and Tara. Considering her strong bond with that family, her sisterly relationship with Ava, her love baby Chloe, and how drawn she is to that farm, this would be such a sweet twist. Mel always had a soft spot for Lilly as well, so this would be a unique way to keep her memory alive.
Mel’s father will be the major storyline addressed in the two bonus holiday episodes dropping in November, as the trailer revealed Mel starting the search for her biological dad before informing Jack shortly after that they found him, with Preacher noting that he’s “still in Virgin River.”
The way he says it makes it seem like he’s still alive, which limits the possibilities even more. Who do you think it is?
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Either way, Mel actually has roots in this small town that’s always felt like home.
‘Riverdale’ Season 7 Hits Netflix—Stream It Now
Riverdale’s seventh and final season is now available to stream on Netflix in the U.S.!
Merely a week after the long-running CW series aired its final episode ever, the streaming giant has added the series in its entirety.
All the episodes are available for fans all over the world to binge-watch on September 1, and going into a long weekend, that gives you plenty of time to catch up on all the shenanigans happening in the Town with Pep.
Many fans weren’t interested in the weekly release model as it wasn’t ideal having to wait for new episodes to drop every week, but having them available all at once on Netflix allows you to catch up with ease.
And if you’ve never seen Riverdale and are curious about all the nutty twists and turns that eventually get all of our characters to—spoiler—the 1950s, well, all seven seasons are on the streamer for your viewing pleasure.
You can rewatch those previous seasons and relive the series in all its glory (including anything you may have missed/forgotten about), or you can just tune in for the final season—it’s up to you!
As mentioned before, the final season hit the reset button of sorts as Archie (KJ Apa), Betty (Lili Reinhart), Jughead (Cole Sprouse), and Veronica (Camilla Mendes), along with many of their loved ones and friends, went back in time to 1955 and found themselves reliving their high school days all over again.
Of course, as you rewatch any and all episodes, you can read all our reviews of the series that we’ve covered since its inception in 2017!
Enjoy your Labor Day travels to Riverdale—just remember that before it was redubbed the “Town With Pep” it was known as “Murder Town of the World.” You’ve been warned.
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