‘You’ Goes From A Charming Thriller To An Unbelievable Cartoon of Itself
‘You‘ Season 2 was recently released on Netflix to the delight of fans. The majority of viewers seemed to love it — even Rotten Tomatoes has it ranked at a whopping 91% Certified Fresh! But … we have our own opinions. Unpopular opinions…
Season 1 Was Okay…
Before I begin dissecting Season 2, it should be stated that I thought ‘You’ Season 1 was just … okay. Not great, but suspenseful and entertaining enough to keep me watching until the very end.
In the first season we are meant to see Joe as a guy with a dangerous infatuation with a girl. We eventually learn he’s driven by impulse to kill anyone who gets in the way, however, nothing was premeditated.
He’s not some expert serial killer with a sinister plan, like Dexter. Joe was a creepy dude whose life spiraled out of control because of his poor decisions.
We can even say we were cleverly misled to believe Joe killed a girl in the past, only to find out she’s alive. That was a great season-ending twist I didn’t see coming. It even drove home the idea that Joe might only be a creepy stalker, well, until he meets Beck.
Everything about the show was grounded in reality enough to be believable. Sure, it was silly at times, but nothing you can’t fix by suspending your disbelief a tiny bit. Then came Season 2 …
Welcome to Los Angeles
Season 2 of ‘You’ immediately begins by letting us know Joe now lives in Los Angeles. Last time we saw him, he had gotten away with his crime and was presumably living comfortably in NYC until the last few moments of the finale.
It’s fair to say the point of Joe suddenly living in LA is so the audience is dying to know what happened following the S1 cliffhanger. If you don’t remember, Joe is suddenly confronted by Candace, his supposedly ‘dead’ ex-girlfriend.
However, the way the writers chose to explain her return was odd. Here’s the story we’re presented in S2 explaining the events that followed the confrontation:
Some time prior to meeting Beck, Joe is dating Candace. Candace decides to end things when she realizes Joe’s a creep. In a psychotic attempt to convince her to stay with him, Joe kidnaps her. His plan is to take her on a weird picnic date, but she manages to escape. Following a chase through the woods, Joe accidentally ‘kills’ her by snapping her neck … or something. Once he buries her, he continues on with his life and positions Candace’s whereabouts by taking control of her social media. Meanwhile, Candace comes back to life, crawls out of her grave and immediately goes to the police, obviously.
This is where things start falling apart. It’s obvious the writers were desperately trying to connect the point she goes to police to the point she confronts him, which is over a year, if not more. So, why hasn’t he been arrested? The answer’s awfully dumb.
How Candace Survived …
S2 reveals Candace shows up to the police station covered in dirt and understandably disheveled. What does the officer taking her report say? She tells her there’s no evidence supporting her claims (before even attempting to look into it), and that she’d be better off just seeking revenge. WHAT?! In what world would anyone accept that as an answer? In the world of ‘You’.
After this, Candace decides to do just that. She remains in hiding for a very long time, and decides to emerge once Beck’s book comes out. She tells him she remembers everything and that she will be the one to bring Joe to justice.
Why Season 2 Was Corny …
Joe finds himself suddenly living in Los Angeles. As a SoCal native, I cringed every time we’re shown an over-exaggerated, stereotypical portrayal of someone from LA. It’s incredibly annoying. It’s as if the actors were told to be exactly what everyone outside of California THINK LA people are like. *sigh*, anyway …
Oh, and Joe is now going by ‘Will’, a name he stole from a random dude. A dude who is now living inside the glass box from the first season in the basement of the book store. Only, now it’s inside of a (oddly huge) storage locker in LA.
Once again, Joe falls in love with Love (yes, that’s her name), the first woman to show him any type of personality and begins stalking her soon after. You know, like you’d do if you fled to start a new life after just killing someone.
Long story short (because I spent most of this post ranting about what I hate and now I just want to finish), Joe does the exact same thing as the first season. He stalks the girl, manipulates her into dating him, except she’s also slightly crazy. Oh, and just to get to the point, we learn she’s also a secret murderer. Why? Because they needed someone to kill Candace … the loose end that made no sense in the first place other than to be the reason Joe is now in LA.
The season ends with Joe and Love embracing each other’s issues. Also, she’s pregnant. But wait … Joe lays eyes on his new neighbor … Season 3’s victim?
What We Liked
*Takes a breath*
We may be nitpicking at the series a bit, but we’ll at least tell you what we enjoyed.
Love’s brother, Forty, grew on me as a supporting character. His over-the-top LAness ended up becoming funny at times. I thought his storyline became genuine once it was revealed he was sexually assaulted as a kid. It explained everything and we whole-heartedly felt for the guy.
Delilah was another character I enjoyed very much. She was strong, opinionated and was the most convincing embodiment of an LA Latina. But … can we all agree that a cashier cannot afford a nice apartment in Los Feliz!?
Also, the way Love hired a P.I. to look into Joe’s past was interesting, although it ultimately led nowhere. In all honesty, how are you going to be paranoid about someone when you literally murdered someone yourself?!
But before we wrap up …
Can we agree that just because Joe has a soft spot for helping kids doesn’t make him a good person? He literally stalks, assaults and kills women. Looking after a young girl to protect her from literally what YOU do doesn’t make any sense.
I believe the writers tried to humanize Joe, but you can’t humanize evil. He’s a bad dude. Leave it at that.
Lastly, the one question I had throughout BOTH seasons …
Why does a guy like Joe feel the need to stalk and manipulate women? He’s clearly handsome, funny and interesting. Plus, he sleeps with literally every woman he comes into contact with, so he obviously doesn’t need to go through these lengths to get girls. 🤦♂️
Season 2 of ‘You’ was a tough-watch. The first season had us hooked the entire time. It was believable enough to maintain my interest, and charming enough to enjoy. However, S2 took it up several notches and was no longer as believable as it used to be. It took me out of the world and sort of became cartoonish. The only reason I stuck through to the end of the second season is because I was hoping it’d wrap up everything nicely. It didn’t.
Our review: 6/10