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An Honest Review Of 'You' Season 2

Yes, we still can't stop watching it and yes, we still think Joe is dangerous.
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The Long Plot, Sans Spoilers

Sexy but *very* creepy Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) is back at it again with his (psychotic and obsessive) antics. He recently moved to sunny Los Angeles in hopes of starting anew, as well as to run from his ~presumably~ back-from-the-dead ex-girlfriend, Candace Stone (Ambyr Childers).

For this new chapter of Joe's life, he has taken a new persona. He now goes by the name Will Bettelheim because you know, new city = new identity.

And even though Joe doesn't exactly love LA, that doesn't mean that he can't find someone to love. But this time, Joe has found love in a literal sense as he has taken an interest in Love Quinn (Victoria Pedretti), an aspiring chef who is just as interested in him.

The Short, Honest Plot

Yet again, a white man (who happens to be a psychotic serial killer) doesn't pay for his sins because of...connections.

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The Actors And Where You Last Saw Them

Penn Badgley as Joe Goldberg

We last saw him in (well, obviously) You Season 1. It seems as if he's been very busy getting into Joe's character and we can't really blame him—I mean, Joe is a tough and complex character to play.

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Victoria Pedretti as Love Quinn

We can't help but notice that Victoria loves playing darker-than-usual roles. Prior to joining the cast of You, she played Nell in The Haunting of Hill House and Leslie Van Houten in Quentin Tarantino's bloody comedy film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

 

Ambyr Childers as Candace Stone

Before being (allegedly) resurrected from the dead in You, Ambyr Childers actually was one of the voice actors for the North American version of the 2012 Italian animated film Pinocchio.

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James Scully as Forty Quinn

James Scully played Ryder in Straight Up, an indie film that was showcased in the San Diego Asian Film Festival.

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Did You Know?

1. You is actually based on a book series by Caroline Kepnes. The second season is mostly based, save for some details, on the second book of the series called Hidden Bodies.

2. Locals believe that Anavrin, the boujee market where Joe (er, or should I say Will?) now works at, is said to be based on an actual store in LA. A lot of signs point to this being factual but one that makes me believe that it's true are the store names themselves. In the show, it's revealed that Anavrin, a weird-sounding name, is actually just Nirvana spelled backward. As for Enerhwon? It's Nowhere spelled backward. My mind = blown, LOL.

3. Ambyr Childers was just as shocked as we were when the fate of her character, Candace Stone, was revealed. Her reaction when asked about the *very shocking* twist? "Holy sh*t!" LOL, same.

4. During Cosmopolitan's recent interview with Penn Badgley, he revealed that out of all the episodes of Season 2, his favorite was the eighth one. He said he had fun shooting it because "it was so mannequin, like tripped out." He also admitted that he was exhausted by the end of it, but it was a fun experience, nonetheless.

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5. There's only one thing that Victoria Pedretti is afraid of, and it's something quite unusual. In one of their promotional videos, Penn and the rest of the cast tried to figure it out so they can prank her. Want to know what it is? Check it out here:

What My Friend Thinks:

"Season 2 spends a lot of time humanizing Joe Goldberg, and his justifications are so smooth and quiet that I found myself empathizing with a serial killer. It was scary and surprising, and it made me doubt my own moral compass. Last season trapped us inside Joe's head, but this season's supporting characters are so strong and complex that they successfully hold up entire scenes without Joe AND I DIDN'T CARE, I LOVED IT. They're written well and complex, making it hard to decide if I loved them or hated them right off the bat. It's a thriller, yes, but it also holds a mirror up to the viewer's face, asking where you stand. Good fiction sets you alight in a visceral way, and after watching, I swear to you, I sat in complete silence, just thinking about what the next season was going to do." —Erica Laraya

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What I Think:

Let me start off my review by saying that I am a big fan of this series. I binge-watched both seasons as soon as they were available, and both left me with unsettling feelings that only You can provide. However, I would also like to note that I am not a big fan of Joe Goldberg's behavior and I sure hope that this isn't something that happens IRL. At the end of the day, we have to remind ourselves that this is a cautionary tale and we should never romanticize and/or tolerate Joe's behavior. It definitely works for his favor that the two seasons were widely spread apart—their release dates were over a year apart—which gave us the time to forget just how much of a creeper he is. If we didn't have time away from Joe, he probably wouldn't have the same effect on us.

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What sets the second season apart from the first one is the fresh take on Joe's psyche, particularly his thought processes: why he does these bad things, how he feels afterward, what he says to himself to justify it. In this season, we saw many layers of Joe's persona, including ones we've never seen before. And this, I believe, is what makes the show so good. All of the characters, even the supporting ones, are well-written and they all add their own flavor to the world that the showrunners are trying to build.

I believe that this also applies to the events that have unfolded in this season. All of the twists and turns left me speechless, but because they are well-incorporated, they don't come out of nowhere, and all of them actually make sense. Every episode, yes, including and most especially the last one, left me on the edge of my seat.

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It goes without saying that I absolutely loved this season of You. I need to recover from all of the crazy sh*t I just witnessed (BRB, deactivating all of my social media for privacy and anti-stalker reasons) but I can't wait to see what happens next. And yes, I'm secretly wishing that he *finally* gets what he deserves.

I'd Recommend It To:

Viewers who can handle a little bit of ~spice~ in their lives. This show is—to put things simply—unsettling, and it is not for the faint of heart. Fans who love true crime and sexy, psychological thrillers will enjoy Netflix's You.

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