"A scene where Joe judges girls on a dating app feels like Sherlock deducing a murder scene. His first day in LA and he has pretty much figured out everything about the town and the people living in it. This deduction thing was there in the first season but it has improved in a significant manner in the second season and you are actually gonna love Penn Badgley more now. "
YOU SEASON 2 CAST :
Penn Badgley, Ambyr Childers, Victoria Pedretti, Jenna Ortega, James Scully
Carmela Zumbado, Robin Lord Taylor, Chris D'Elia, Charlie Barnett, Marielle Scott.
YOU SEASON 2 SHOWRUNNER: Greg Berlanti, Sera Gamble
You Season 2 gets darker, creepier, confident and bold and takes you on a ride filled with suspense and thrill which was missing since the demise of our favorite serial killer show i.e... Dexter. This modern thriller clearly seduces you to watch more and more of it with its some normal and some very surprising twists and turns. The show managed to keep all those elements intact which made it popular and also added some extra special elements which made this modern thriller more interesting.
Set in Los Angeles, YOU starts with Joe Goldberg hiding in a town of Los Angeles from her ex-girlfriend Candace. Joe steals identity and starts living a normal life as Will Bettelheim in the town. But if you know Joe, all alone, single in a town that fact just can’t stay true for long, he falls in love with Love( Victoria Pedretti ). Love is almost as broken as Joe is. She owns Anavrin the place where Joe got the job of managing a bookstore. Joe actually thinks he is in true love for the first time.
This season is actually better than the first season because it also tells the past, traumatic childhood of the main characters which turned them to what they are in the present time and also takes the sphere of abusive or ignorant parents the characters had or has. It almost looks as if the showrunner saw my review and heard my complaint from the previous season. But when the show considered to tell the part of parents it kind of forgot to show the side of friends. Also, the over-obsession of Joe is still there but you can bear with it now that you come to know that he just can't escape this.
The first season felt like a person who knows he is a brilliant stalker but doesn’t want to admit the fact or is still an amateur but now it looks like he is very confident and proud of what he is. He is a professional stalker but he is slowly becoming a skilled serial killer, almost like Dexter, he is even trying to make a code of his own, trying to take evil and sparing the good. And even the show is acknowledging these facts by actually telling Joe, that he is basically Dexter in some conversations. Dexter had its own way of keeping his targets wrapped in plastic sheets, Joe has its own way of keeping the ones that actually destruct his flow in a plexiglass cage (yes, plexiglass cage hasn't gone anywhere)
A scene where Joe judges girls on a dating app feels like Sherlock deducing a murder scene. His first day in LA and he has pretty much figured out everything about the town and the people living in it. This deduction thing was there in the first season but it has improved in a significant manner in the second season and you are actually gonna love Penn Badgley more now.
Victoria Pedretti as Love portrays her character amazingly and I can’t reveal much about her because that will be a spoiler on its own. Candace as the arch-nemesis of Joe is really effective and makes the show a lot more interesting. I just felt she should have been more annoying or hardworking in showing the world about the reality of Joe, she kind of disappears after a failed attempt and then suddenly returns in the end. But I think she pretty much got the end we all figured she should deserve, so that’s a plus point. Carmela Zumbada as Delilah and James Scully as Forty provided great support as the supporting cast. Also, it would have been better if someone came to look after the sudden disappearance f the mob guy aka Jasper.
Overall, YOU improves in season 2 and delivers a binge-worthy season by being more thrilling, risk-taking and diving back into the origins of the protagonist.
FINAL VERDICT - 3.5 / 5