“You” provided a chilling series of gruesome murders credited to obsessive love


    Every girl wants a boy to be utterly in love with them. Every girl wants a boy who is guided by his loyalty, who makes her feel like the only girl in the world. Every girl wants to receive an unconditional love that is built upon continuous commitment and trust. Every girl wants a boy’s love to be so pronounced and obvious that it could easily be defined as obsessive.

    But, should they really?

    In the Netflix TV series You, Joe Goldberg commits brutal acts of murder to obtain the love of Guinevere Beck. At the beginning of their relationship, Joe was able to manipulate Beck to believe that certain situations were simply coincidences, that his superhero-like actions were credited to the amazing characteristics that made him who he was.

    For example, Beck impulsively decided that she desired to read one of her poems at a bar’s open mic. Joe followed Beck to the bar and watched her performance in horror. However, since her poem received negative feedback, Beck decided to get extremely drunk that night. Joe observed and followed from a distance as she made her way from the bar to the subway. Beck fell into the subway tracks as a result of her swaying on the edge of the subway platform, and Joe was miraculously present to pull her up from the tracks and save her.

    The most appealing aspect of You was how each episode brought intriguing conflict involving Beck’s life that Joe was absolutely determined to solve. The events and people that Joe deemed to be threatening to Beck’s life were unorthodox, and it was disturbing to watch Joe completely morph Beck’s life into being fully dependent upon him. The final episode of the series provided an ending that concluded Joe and Beck’s story; however, viewers were definitely not left satisfied as another aspect of Joe’s life reopened within the final seconds of the show’s first season.

    You would appeal to viewers who are interested in mystery and suspense. Viewers who enjoy situations that encourage them to question their own morals and how they would react would also thoroughly enjoy You. You would not be a fitting choice for viewers who are easily squeamish at the sight of blood or the sound of throwing up. Likewise, it would not be a fitting series for viewers who do not enjoy being left with an ending that can be interpreted in various ways.

    Overall, You encourages viewers to ponder a confusing, rather dark question: What would you do for love?