TV Review

“You” Is for Everyone

You is a psychological thriller television series that is developed by Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble. It was released on Netflix for streaming on December 26, 2018.

In Season 1, the main characters are Joe Goldberg who is played by Penn Badgley, Geinivieure Beck played by Elizathbeth Lail, Luca Padovan who plays Paco, Zach Cherry who plays Ethan, and Shay Mitchell who plays Peach Salinger. As a late Christmas present, Netflix released the second season December 26, 2019. I give the first season a 10/10 because I gravitated towards the characters and the meaning behind the show.

In Season 1, Episode 1, we meet Joe Goldberg who is a bookstore manager at Mooney’s in New York City. He is a very strange character in the beginning of the season, but that changes when he meets Guinevere Beck. He is so intrigued by her that he stalks her social media to find out who she really is. He does everything in his power to get rid of anyone that is close to her because of his “love.”

At the end of Season 1, Episode 10  “Bluebeard’s Castle,” Beck realizes that Joe had killed anyone that was close to her. Like her ex- boyfriend Benji, her friend Peach was obsessed with her. So, she tells him that she never really loved him at all, so he ends up killing her. In the beginning of Season 2, Joe who is now “Will” moves to Los Angeles to have a fresh start.

The show’s techniques affect the way the show looks, sounds and feels to me because when I’m watching the show I feel like I’m in a horror movie, but in a good way because I love the whole mysterious vibe of the show. I feel like the thematic content affects my experience and interpretation in a great way because You is very diverse, and in television shows, this is a fairly new trend.

Yes, the formal techniques work toward the thematic content. In Season 1, Episode 9 “Candace,” Beck tells Joe that she’s going to go to the bathroom. While she’s in there, she discovers his hiding place in the ceiling. She finds a box, and she opens it. She discovers her old cellphone as well as Benji’s and Peach’s phones. She also finds some disturbing mementos that he has kept. After looking, she becomes horrified. After she leaves the bathroom she reaches for the front door to leave, but Joe won’t let go after he realizes what she has found. She starts to freak out, and then he hits her in the head, which leads her waking up in the book vault that he’s locked her in in Episode 10 “Bluebeard’s Castle.”

My general thoughts of the show is that when I first  started watching it I was ultimately hooked. I just became so intrigued by watching the show that I didn’t want to stop. The overall theme of the show is stop assuming that people are who they say they are on social media and in real life. You is very worth seeing because viewers will be hooked while watching it just wanting more and more.

By Angel Johnson