A lot of this has to do with Penn Badgley’s perfectly painted portrayal of Joe Goldberg, the tech-savvy hunter whose infatuation burns brightly but rarely ends well. After two seasons in which he always appears one step ahead of the guillotine, Joe married Love (Victoria Pedretti), directs most of his narration on his infant son and talks about becoming better (at least (Low in your head) man for both of them, but seriously, who would want to see that?
Season three begins with Joe and Luv experiencing some of the joys and many headaches associated with parenthood, before a flirtatious neighbor complicates their attempt to turn a new leaf.
Anything beyond that land is completely in “spoiler” territory, but suffice it to say that the ‘Burbs are full of happy, smiling people that Joe often finds annoying or just plain weird, and among them Some are unlikely to survive all the way through 10 episodes of this year. Of course, there’s some seriously twisted stuff going on behind a picket fence and the perfect lawn doesn’t help matters.
One of the challenges of “U” involves dancing to that line without completely degrading its story from a sociopath’s perspective, creating situations that aren’t entirely distasteful. In that respect, there’s a fair amount of deceit in portraying the seemingly normal spirits in Joe’s orbit, as it’s possible for him—and by extension, the audience—to see the justification should something bad happen.
Joe’s Nuclear Family certainly adds to the degree of difficulty, and credits the producers mostly for navigating those railings as the series remains both tense and deeply funny. Joe may be very smart, but has a habit of wildly messing up his plans, leaving us with a smidge of his sordid internal monologue.
Maybe that’s why every season seems like a gravy, to be honest, ahead of the other. And while this go-round sets the stage for more, as Dexter found out, even a handsome sociopath must recognize the dangers of staying in one place for too long.
“You” Season 3 premieres October 15 on Netflix.