Netflix's You Has Turned You In To Mr. & Mrs. Smith, But With Serial Killers (And It'S Still A Blast)
You, the little thriller show that went unnoticed on Lifetime, resurfaced with Netflix and became a huge hit, is back. And I've got to admit, I was skeptical about whether a third season could go as smoothly as the first two. Penn Badgleys Stalker Joe is the product of a bold gimmick that is difficult to maintain (while also balancing the message, including from Badgeley himself, that Joe is reprehensible). He does not think of swapping out identities, but how long can this last before someone (with standing) turns his butt in to the authorities or at least keeps him in check? That's correct. The second season barely contained its own wild (while falling off a cliff). Joe opted for a different identity: that of husband and father, which he assumed at the end of that sophomore round.
Joe is in control, so whats the next challenge? Maintien de la vitesse.
Im about to draw an extremely out-of-context analogy here. Bill Murray spoke with Esquire about his life in 2007 for a wide-ranging interview. Amid observations about the tastiness of Cinnabon and the stages of his own career, he noted that it was so much easier to watch back-to-back films before becoming a husband and father, and elicited the same sentiment in Tiger Woods. As long as he didnt have a girlfriend, the unmistakable legend declared. [H]e was unquestionably the world's greatest golfer. And people, me included, said, Hell he find a girl? Hell discover that his time will be different. His life is going to get more complicated. And it worked for him, and it does for all of us.
Now, I'm not implying that golfing or acting is like stalking/serial killing. All of these things, however, are obsessions, so the same principle can conceivably apply. Were talking about a substantial obsession in this show, and I was concerned that the show wouldnt allow Joe to devote the same, you might say, energy to his deviance. You have fought it, and Joe is still doing his job (and losing his sh*t in the process) but hes also facing all the added challenges of a married man. If executed correctly, the show would put him in tight spots that make Season 1 appear lighter in comparison, so yeah, this can be comparable to young Tiger gliding around as the toast of the PGA world like it aint nothing, followed by well-known troubles and ominous return. Joe is much more distracted with more responsibility than Murray and Woods, but that makes the show even more entertaining than it was before. Joe's morale is higher than for him, and being married to a child does not put pause in his serial-killing ways.
Nonetheless, this does not put a halt to his wifes murder-style. Were not going to spoil this, because we saw how nutso Love Quinn turned out to be in Season 2. I'm also squishing in a Mr. &: Mrs. Smith reference, and I mean it. Joe/Will/Love arent paid assassins, but killing is (in the end) their way of life, and theyve got their own moral codes to justify their bad acts. Even when they dont want to kill, it does end up happening. Their homicides are, at times, crimes of passion, and in other instances, meticulously planned out scenarios (which aim to conceal their other killings) that go haywire and turn into murder. It's, surprisingly, fascinating to watch them work to conceal their body count. Theres also the assurance that their tracks wont be erased completely and that they won't ever stop repressing violence. I mean, cmon. Joes book preservation safe room where he kept victims still exists in this season, only that itll be stored in Love s bakery, and therer no one last job for these two, ever.
Love is much more unhinged than Joe is, which keeps everything, as well, fascinating. Joe wasnt exactly excited about settling down for life. Love was, after all, a real piece of art, and his mirror image in some ways, which also happened to be the ways he loathed about himself. Hes also miserable, for the most part, but he damn well knows that if a disaster is imminent, il will be there. For every carefully thought-out scheme that he employs, shes flying off the handle like a slasher-movie baddie. And, honestly, he'll always have to sleep with one eye open, so to speak, and with good reason.
Theres also the whole couples therapy angle, which is where the show really dives into the Mr. & Mrs. Smith vibes. You examine the American marriage and happy-family BS that many people project while feeling completely unfulfilled inside. The topic of parenting, too, goes off the rails here because getting ones child into the perfect nursery school is a concern for Love; yet two parents must also go dig sand while their infant sits in his car seat and does his best to amuse himself. Joe and Love have relocated to Instagram-worshipping suburbia, which is full of overly nosy neighbors and self-obsessed types who arent quite as loathsome as Chris DElios late perv, but are nonetheless a tad close. So, its a careful needle to thread here with You. The viewers want and expect more as the series continues, but everything must still be emotionally believable enough that were rooting for someone during each more brash development.