If the influx of wholesome television -- such as Ted Lasso -- hasn't satisfied your cravings for a bingeable show, season 3 of Netflix's You promises arguably stronger flavor.
If you're yet to see You, imagine the worst person you know, with a bit of stalking, throat-cutting, and juggling parental issues. The show, which originally aired on Lifetime, examines the very worst of what people are capable of when they're obsessed.
Season 3 will begin shortly after season 2's cliffhanger admission of Love' s pregnancy. Love and Joe -- whose stalkery monologue has been a hallmark of the show -- have moved to the quiet Stepford-style suburb of Madre Linda to raise their son Henry. Soon, the constraints of small town life rub a scab on the couple, who appear to be incapable of limiting their murderous ambitions.
Victoria Pedretti's Love is a standout, exploring the irrational, passionate end of the aggression spectrum, while Penn Badgley'' Joe is the quiet, eerie, charismatic stalker he've always been. Together, they form the perfect team, compensating each other's failings and coming together to avoid detection.
Yet it's hard to imagine Love and Joe having any kind of empathy. If you're expecting a redemption arc or for them to suddenly turn over oath as parents, you may want to reconsider. Both Love and Joe are deeply flawed, deeply toxic people. There are plenty of reasons why they are the way they're, but none of them are justifiable. It's just that it'' a toxin, plain and simple.
So are some brand-new faces, including a fame-hungry mommy blogger and her hyper-masculine husband (portrayed by Shalita Grant and Travis Van Winkle to great effect), as well as dozens of anti-vax neighbors and gluten-free tech entrepreneurs. It's also difficult to find anyone redeemable in the show, though in fairness that' hardly the point. Where season 2 had Ellie to hold faith in, here we're stuck with baby Henry as our catalyst to hope that things will improve in the future.
Joe and Love aren't going to be caught for their crimes, and surveillance is tied to the home owner's association, so the show requires us to suspend our belief more than usual that they won' t be. Where in the past you'd be mad at the characters for leaving behind jars of their own urine at crime scenes, but now you are mad that they seem to have no interest in taking their GPS-enabled phones to dump bodies.
It's pure, dumb luck. We're not supposed to be upset when they've got an entire human body halfway across town without anyone else coming along. They get away with so much more than they should or would be able to in real life.
You, despite its impossibility, is an incredibly compelling television program. Viewers are treated to a whole range of sociopathy -- from the cold and determined stalker to the impulsive and irrational passion of the misaligned mother. Joe and Love are reprehensible and yet you can't look away.
Joe and Love are equally angry at each other for behavior they're both displaying themselves. Too much about the other's capabilities holds them back from putting together their portrait of a crumbling marriage. Are Joe and Love truly soulmates? Even if they're not fated by fate, it seems like they each deserve each other.
In the same vein as superhero films that constantly have to raise the stakes with another "Big Bad," You season 3 gives off the feeling of having to grow bigger and more sociopathic than we've seen before. We're almost completely desensitized to the very things that put us off in the first two seasons -- you wanna confine someone up in a tiny glass room? That's not a surprise anymore.
Joe and Love appear desensitized too, arguing more about how sloppy a murder was than the fact that someone was murdered at all. It's less a question of whether or not it will occur, but rather how. Both the characters and the audience have fully accepted that there will be recurrence of the crime.
It'll be interesting to see how the stakes will be raised again with the newly confirmed season 4. Will the characters learn anything other than how to get away with their crimes? Will they be held accountable for practically anything? It's not likely, but it'll be a good show.
If you don't have the mental energy for anything other than wholesome films, we're not gonna blame you. It's been a long couple of years. If you want to dive into the world of sociopathic, impulsive murder machines with very little redeeming factors, season 3 of You is the perfect show for, well, you.