We've been watching the netflix series You. As with so many of these kinds of series, it starts out with a pretty good and interesting concept, and the production and performances from the two leads are very good. But to extend the storyline across 10 episodes creates far too much room for the ridiculous - and there is plenty of that here. The series is by far at its best when it focuses on the obsessiveness of its lead character in finding out all details about his girlfriend, and compares that with online social media behaviour. And it is by far at its worst when it turns all that into some kind of thriller. In particular, the initially interesting antagonism between Joe and his girlfriend's best friend Peaches becomes a parody, culminating in the faintly ridiculous attempted murder, then faked suicide attempt, and then actual murder
, all happening in the space of about three days. Then it gets back onto a much better track when the relationship again, both when it is working and when it is not.
I'm amazed at how this show has been promoted/reviewed - almost every review talks about how the story is about the "fine line between love and obsession", or whatever. No, it is absolutely not about that! There is nothing
in Joe's behaviour which is about love - it is total and utter mania, and the obsession is clearly psychotic! But of course they have to make his character sympathetic - and the storyline around Paco etc is designed precisely and deliberately to do that, so we are still meant to root for him. Doesn't make him any less of a creep though!