Rinzy Reviews ‘You’ Season One (2018)

Release Date: Sept. 9 to Nov. 11

Network: Lifetime

Starring: Penn Badgley, Elizabeth Lail, Shay Mitchell, et al.

***

You‘ is weirdly named. So, one might think. But once the tape gets rolling, it wouldn’t take a branaic to figure out why it’s rightly so. It’s not everyday your protagonist is a functioning psychopath, and the narrator of his own story.

Joe Goldberg is a bookstore keeper, and a content one at that. His life’s simple, as were made to believe, until Guinevere Beck walks into his store (and life). He believes it’s true love, hence must have her. This drives him to doing whatever’s imperative to make their love going; this includes keeping whoever poses a threat to their continued love at Bay, by any means necessary (including murder).

It’s weird how far someone would go to propel a relationship (love) that doesn’t legally hold up in court. It’s clear from the onset that Joe is sick upstairs. Certified mental imbalance. But with the way the story progresses, you’re drawn into this mind of this crazy man, who, unfortunately for the ladies, is also a sweet, hopeless romantic, and you can’t help but see reasons why he does the crazy things he does. He’s crazy. 🤣. The story is one about obsession and boundaries. And how to be thankful if you don’t have one who dotes over you in such manner.

Penn Badgley does a terrific job at bringing Joe to life. Not one with many acting credits, but his performance on this show shows a side to the actor his six years as Dan Humphrey on The CW’s Gossip Girl never did, thereby showcasing his great range as an actor.

You is a good show. Not great, but good. The story’s decent; I mean, who wouldn’t want to get into the mind of a passive psychopath? But I also feel it dragged for too long; a shorter, tighter episode order would’ve worked in favor of the story. A shortcoming I hope they fix next season.

The acting is good; pretty decent for a show whose most popular face was a star in a CW show. Peach Salager is my favorite character; a pity she didn’t get to hang around long enough for me to enjoy more of her nasty attitude.

One thing I didn’t like about the show are the many moments of questionable character actions. You see characters making silly decisions not feasible in their present situations. It’s many, yes; but it isn’t enough to turn you off from watching. The shows a real thriller. If you were sitting on the fence about watching, I hope I’ve given you enough details to make a decision. It even ends with a cliffhanger, if you’re into such. 😉

PS: A second season has already been commissioned; this time, it’ll be airing on Netflix.

Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5

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