“You” is one of the salvage shows and project by Netflix. “You” literally went from a Lifetime also-ran to a famous and social media viral show due to it’s amazing storyline, drama and its twisted lead became a kind of latter-day “Dexter”, who’s shown narrating his bizarre story.
The third season will continue to give audience what they want, an amazing storyline. It will have the balance that delicate juggling act, with a wife, baby and their life in suburbia, which will have less chaos and more macabre fun.
Penn Badgley’s perfectly pitched portrayal of Joe Goldberg, the tech-savvy stalker whose infatuations burn brightly but rarely end well, is a big part of it. Joe has married Love (Victoria Pedretti) after two seasons in which he always seemed to be one step ahead of the guillotine, directs much of his narration at his infant son, and speaks (at least in his own head) about becoming a better man for both of them, but seriously, who’d want to watch that?
Before a flirtatious neighbor complicates Joe’s attempt to turn over a new leaf, season three begins with Joe and Love experiencing some of the joys and many of the headaches that come with parenthood.
Anything beyond that will be counted as “spoiler,” but suffice it to say that the ‘burbs are full of happy, smiling people who Joe frequently finds irritating or odd, and some of them are unlikely to make it through this year’s ten episodes. Of course, the fact that something seriously bizarre is going on behind the picket fences and perfectly manicured lawns doesn’t help matters.
One of the difficulties in telling the story from the perspective of a sociopath in “You” is dancing up to that line without completely toppling over it, creating edgy situations without becoming downright distasteful. In this regard, there’s a fair amount of cheating in portraying the seemingly ordinary souls in Joe’s orbit as being screwed up enough that he and by extension, the audience can see justification if something bad happens.