Review of “You” on Lifetime


You is a psychological thriller that just aired on Lifetime last week and episode 2 is about to air tonite.  It has already been renewed for a second season.  Penn Badgley, best known for his work on the TV series Gossip Girl, plays Joe Goldberg, the main character, who becomes obsessed with the unknowingly Guinevere Beck, played by Elizabeth Lail.  The premise of a stalker who seems innocent and kind drew me into the storyline, and I enjoyed the first person narration of Joe Goldberg throughout most of the scenes.  His “normal-sounding” narration definitely was a foil to his psychotic tendencies.  Earlier on in the episode, Joe is your typical “Mr. Nice Guy”; he befriends his neighbor’s young son with books and take out dinner when the boy is sitting in the apartment stairwell trying not to hear his mother arguing with her boyfriend.  He also hails cabs for elderly ladies and even saves Guinevere’s life as she drunkenly falls onto subway tracks.  However, the creepy stalkerish moves of breaking into Guinevere’s apartment when she is at work, hacking into her computer, stealing her cell phone and even watching her through her apartment windows more than offset the good-guy tendencies. It is not until close to the end of the episode when I saw how off-kilter and dangerously violent Joe Goldberg really is.

All in all, the premier episode was disturbing since it showed how easily Joe found out about Guinevere, including her address and daily life schedule, simply through social media and google searches.  It made me make sure my blinds were closed at night and all of my social media profiles were not “public”.  I will definitely stay tuned for the second episode. I can’t wait to see what happens next.


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