You Season 2 Review: Joe Returns And His Disturbing Thoughts Make You Want More Oh, Hello You Again

3.5

Summary

You Season 2 is everything audiences wanted it to be; outrageous and audacious and somehow provides longevity to the story.

This review of Netflix Series You Season 2 contains no spoilers.


When I finished the first instalment of You, I could not believe how bonkers it had become. I was laughing at the absurdity of the ending, the audacity of the writing and how despite the wildness of the story, audiences wanted to hear more of Joe’s disturbing thoughts. You had somehow become a TV phenomenon. It was somehow trash but indisputably entertaining at the same time.

You Season 2 unsurprisingly has the audacity to be even wilder. The writing is on-the-surface and incredibly shameless about it. Joe returns, but this time he is in a new location — LA, a place you’d least expect him to be. He has a new name, new identity and seemingly a new life.

You Season 2 is more or less the same as the first, with a new love interest and the stakes equally as high. The only difference in Season 2 is that Joe is trying to understand himself; why he is the way he is, why he finds himself infatuated by a mere glance that sends his brain signals into dark and mysterious places.

Like Dexter, like Joker, like Breaking Bad, you find yourself backing the lead character despite his sustained evil ways. It’s the way he speaks to the audience; Joe justifies every single thought, pleads to the audience to understand him and serves us flashbacks of his childhood to give us an edge of sympathy. You is Netflix’s Dexter, but less layered, delightfully stupid and outrageously entertaining.

Joe’s new romance is called Love in You Season 2. Yes, you heard that correctly — Love. The writers decided to make the entire story metaphorical to reflect Joe’s phase of life — Joe is obsessed with love, so Joe is obsessed with Love.

You Season 2 is stronger as the chapters wear on. His thoughts are just as deluded in Season 2, with the character bordering on completely delusional. Despite the lack of layers to the storytelling, I cannot name one episode that bored me. In fact, some made me have my hands in my face, while others made me laugh at the fearlessness of the writing.

And do you know what? I actually want a third season — the twists are way too damn good to discard. I think Netflix should give us Penn Badgley’s Joe Goldberg until it runs out of Juice.

Daniel Hart

Daniel Hart is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has operated as Editor-in-Chief since 2017.

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