Joe’s back! And this time he has friends..
... or something like that..
For those of you who can remember (or binge watched in preparation), the first season of Netflix’s psycho-lover turned serial killer thriller showed the importance of social media privacy and why it is okay to not immediately trust a charming stranger who saves your life during a drunken night out.
(If not, here's a recap)
This season however gives a full frontal view of what the world would be like if crazy met crazy, fell in love and murdered a few people in-between.
In YOU season two, Joe actually falls in love with someone who loves him back. (Aww. Go Joe!) Love Quinn, a cliché’d chef at a grocery store/restaurant/bookstore (Ananvrin. Nirvana spelled backwards) owned by her well-off parents in the city of Los Angeles, spends most of her time preparing decadent dishes and selflessly sacrificing her energy for her Entourage-like brother who was presumably named after Malt liquor. But all of that changed once Joe set his sight on Love from a distance.
Just as Joe is being Joe, all head-talk and no restraint, he creeps towards Love while her back is turned but then without warning she spins around, shoves a piece of fruit in his direction and asks if it resembles a butt. The moment was both startling to Joe and viewers as we watched the split second of crazy appear and disappear from her eyes.
To Joe’s surprise, Love was not frightened by him (as any sane woman fruit shopping in the middle of the day would be) but instead she offered a strange playfulness that made her character intriguing.
Many of mind games later, the two become an item, only to be blind sighted by Joe’s not-so-dead ex, Candace who is going by the name Amy, in an attempt to expose Joe.
It’s like a 1990s Spanish soap opera minus people getting slapped and pushed down the stairs. When you think the story line is going to go one way, they bring in another character and two scenes later someone is dead.
The antics of the characters are also heavily relatable. While watching, if you don’t question your mental state at least once in regards to the dating world then are you even really watching it?
All in all, the second season of YOU lives up to its previous hype of being good but if you are sensitive to things like trauma bonding, victim blaming, stalking and murder then this season is not for you. But for the rest of us who are a little dead inside, it’s worth the watch and teaches a valuable lesson:
Love kills people.
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