‘You’ Series Premiere Review
Last night, You premiered on Lifetime. If you haven’t already heard, You is based off the book of the same name by Caroline Kepne which centers around Joe Goldberg (played by Gossip Girl‘s Penn Badgley) who becomes infatuated and ultimately obsessed with Beck, a girl that comes into the bookstore he works at. But Joe uses the modern invention of social media and good old-fashion stalking.
The first episode is when Joe first meets Beck and becomes immediately infatuated with her. But the way he describes Beck and her life is strange because he’s admiring her while also being judgmental of her life choices. Penn Badgley’s narration strangely comes off as both charming yet creepy. Joe’s character is highly observant: he taps into the fact that the majority of people project themselves as someone who’s more outgoing and adventurous than we actually are. Which is exactly what Beck is doing on her social media pages.
Joe literally follows Beck around the entire episode, commenting on Beck’s life and learning more and more about her life. He’s judgmental about her friends and her love life, which really isn’t a love life but more like a casual “relationship” with a douche named Benji. So at least I agree with Joe on his opinion on Benji.
By the end of the episode, Beck and Joe meet again after Beck falls and lands on the train tracks and Joe saves her. Joe gets her email (because he steals her phone unknowingly) and he asks her out the next time he sees her, which is probably the next day, but hits Benji with a mallet. And judging from the promo for future episodes, he probably kills him after that. But Joe isn’t all bad; he has a sweet side when he’s nice to his neighbor’s son Paco by lending him books, giving him his food, and creepily teaching him how to fix the book Paco’s mom’s jerk boyfriend ruined.
Overall, this show is being marketed as somewhat of a love story but I don’t see it that way: and if it is a love story, it’s extremely twisted. There’s a thin line between something being sweet and something being creepy: it really depends on whether or not both people are infatuated other. Like the Dobbler/Dahmer theory from How I Met Your Mother. But that aside, it’s an interesting show.
You airs on Sunday nights at 10/9c on Lifetime
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