After about a year and a half, You has finally returned to Netflix on Oct.15 for the third season. When I first saw that it came back, I was excited, but skeptical. After the trailers, as well as how the last season ended, I was curious to see how the new season would play out.
Before I started the season I went back and watched the previous two seasons to see how they’d match up together. I highly recommend refreshing yourself before starting season three to get the full picture. But, there is a recap to refresh your memory too.
There will be some spoilers in my review, so readers beware. I will give an overview of the season, then tell you what I loved and didn’t, then rate it out of 5 stars. So let's begin!
Season 3 starts off with Joe and Love in quiet suburbia, the perfect place for them to start over. But Love and Joe wind up being off-kilter in their relationship, and back to their old ways. A few untimely deaths occur, but what is most important to them both is their child, or is it?
What I Loved
The setting of the season was really cool. It felt good to be in a completely different setting with completely different characters. Yes, the past seasons were in different places, but this perfection of suburbia brings it to a different level. This season stepped up its game by making this entirely new perfect life for them that you can’t imagine how they could somehow screw up.
The character development in this juicy suburban dream town is amazing. Everyone is so perfect that when things fall apart they really fall apart. They’re a ticking time bomb that takes care of everyone in their vicinity. What they do is so morbid, but there are such enticing characters that you can't help but love to watch it.
The suspense of the season was top tier. Around every corner, I seriously thought Joe & Love would be caught. It felt like every episode they were doing something dicey and you were on the edge of your seat seeing if they’d get caught.
An honorable mention is the music of the season. I always feel like music plays a big role in shows, it can either make or break the atmosphere the creator is trying to make. I think You season 3 did an amazing job in choosing the music to match the scene, and the mood itself.
What I Didn’t Love
The pace of the season felt rushed. In the first three episodes, I felt like I had seen half the season already. We were bouncing from storyline to storyline like we were children in a bouncy house. Now don’t get me wrong, I do love seeing multiple sides of a story, but the pace just felt too rushed for my taste.
The one-sidedness of the season also made me want more. I wanted to be inside Love’s head more. We got tiny glimpses and a little episode about it, but I wanted more. It really felt like this season we should have gotten more inside Love’s thoughts (and maybe moved from Joe to Love’s story), but it really fell flat for me in that aspect. At the end of last season, we had this beautiful yet moment with Love where we find out who she really is, then this season is back to the Joe show.
Joe back in his old ways felt boring. After two seasons of seeing Joe be a psychopath I wanted him to pass the torch to someone else, but nope, it was just back into the same rhythm. I truly feel like I don’t know where the story can go next season with Joe at the helm, it just feels very repetitive.
You season 3 gave me all the love, murder, and drama I could ever want from a show. But the repetitiveness of the same outcome and character actions makes the show daunting. I liked the season a lot, I just wish I got more. I give season 3 of You a 3 out of 5 stars.