A lot of that has to do with Penn Badgley’s completely pitched portrayal of Joe Goldberg, the tech-savvy stalker whose infatuations burn brightly however seldom finish properly. After two seasons in which he has at all times gave the impression to be one step forward of the guillotine, Joe has married Love (Victoria Pedretti), directs a lot of his narration at his toddler son and speaks (at the very least in his personal head) about turning into a greater man for each of them, however critically, who’d wish to watch that?
Season three begins with Joe and Love experiencing a few of the joys and a lot of the complications related with parenthood, earlier than a flirtatious neighbor complicates his try to show over a new leaf.
Something past that lands squarely in the “spoiler” zone, however suffice it to say that the ‘burbs are crammed with blissful, smiling people who Joe ceaselessly finds annoying or simply plain odd, and a few of them are unlikely to outlive all the manner via this 12 months’s 10 episodes. In fact, the truth there’s some critically twisted stuff happening behind the picket fences and excellent lawns does not assist issues.
One in every of the challenges of “You” includes dancing as much as that line in telling its story from a sociopath’s perspective with out utterly toppling over it, creating conditions which can be edgy with out turning into downright distasteful. In that regard, there is a honest quantity of dishonest in portraying the seemingly extraordinary souls in Joe’s orbit as being screwed up sufficient that it is doable for him — and by extension, the viewers — to see justification ought to one thing unhealthy occur.
Joe’s nuclear household definitely provides to the diploma of issue, and credit score the producers with largely navigating these guardrails as the sequence stays each tense and darkly humorous. Joe may be very intelligent, however his plans have a behavior of going wildly awry, leaving us aware of his panicked inner monologues.
(*3*)Joe turns into simply infatuated and obsessed, which in a way makes him an ideal surrogate for the streaming age. “You” dodged a bullet with its transfer to Netflix, producing the type of pop-culture footprint that the sequence doubtless by no means would have loved on Lifetime.
Maybe that is why each season past the second, frankly, seems like gravy. And whereas this go-round units the stage for extra, as Dexter found, even a good-looking sociopath ought to acknowledge the perils of staying in one place too lengthy.
“You” Season 3 begins Oct. 15 on Netflix.