The Torch

Warning: Spoilers to follow. 

Netflix’s original show “You”released a second season on Dec. 26. This season, viewers should expect an even more grotesque and binge-worthy plotline than season one. Once you begin the first episode of season two, it will be nearly impossible to stop watching until you get to the final episode. 

During the course of the first season, viewers watched as New York bookseller, Joe Goldberg, played by Penn Badgley developed an obsession over wannabe writer Beck. He used state-of-the-art technology to charm, stalk, and manipulate her. Anyone who became an obstacle in his pursuit of her had their lives immediately at risk. 

Joe’s silky narration throughout the episodes gives viewers insight into his innermost thoughts, along with the rationales he uses for why he commits such atrocious acts. The last episode ended with Joe “accidentally” killing Beck and framing her therapist for the crime. He thought he eluded himself from it all. Until his ex-girlfriend, Candace, played by Ambyr Childers re-enters his life with a purpose to expose him for the dangerous and manipulative person he really is. 

“You”returns with Joe escaping to sunny L.A, the last place Candace would ever think to look for a dark person like him. Going by the pseudonym Will Bettelheim, Joe lands a job at a posh grocery store called Anavarin where he works as a book clerk. 

It isn’t long before he sets his sight on his next obsession, chef and co-worker Love Quinn, played by Victoria Pedretti. He becomes entangled in the lives of Love and her twin brother, wannabe filmmaker Forty Quinn, played by James Scully. Joe’s intersession of crimes begins a lot earlier than in the first season. 

In season one, “You” challenges viewers to root for its inhuman antihero. Joe is portrayed more for being seemingly the perfect, attractive protagonist than for committing such evil acts. However, in season two, Joe’s maliciousness doesn’t go unchecked as Candace plays the part of the antagonist. 

The pain Joe caused her takes superiority over Joe’s beginning obsession for Love throughout the episodes. Candace will stop at nothing to prove how dangerous and manipulative he is. Joe goes from being the hunter to experiencing what it’s like to be hunted, which is an interesting contrast from the last season. 

I was captivated by the plotline of season two. I was on the edge of my seat, wondering just how far Joe would cross the line before he has no choice but to face the aftermath of his malicious acts. I expected to feel bored because I thought the second season would be extremely similar to the first one. However, I learned that boredom is the last emotion I should ever feel when it comes to “You.” I finished the season in three days and was left in a state of shock that caused me to immediately Google if a season three was in the works. 

As of right now, “You”seems to be headed in the right direction as Netflix recently announced that the show was renewed for a third season. The only question is, will you be watching?

The views expressed are those of the writer and not necessarily those of The Torch.


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