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You – Season two

When he ended up mincing the guy who cut off his finger, I thoughtthere he is, that’s the Joe we know and love’.

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★★★★★

It’s surprisingly been less than a year since I wrote my review on the first Season of ‘You’. I remember the feeling I had when I finished the last episode, the moment that Candice walking into the book shop and the final words of the series echoed in my ears… “oh hello you.”

This season was different than I expected, but I wasn’t surprised with the direction it started in, having watched the trailer within hours of it being released. All I had to do was wait until Boxing Day, a day that felt like another decade away.

The series started off different, not only were we in a different city it actually felt like Joe was in a different state of mind… not completely there but different. He tried… but the first sighting of the new glass cage was a warning that it was all down hill from there. Don’t get me wrong he started off pretty tame, he did let the real Will go, and he ended up living a happy life in Manila with his girlfriend, and was even promoted to Joe’s agony aunt of murdery problems.

Then when he ended up mincing the guy who cut off his finger, I thought ‘there he is, that’s the Joe we know and love’. (There’s a sentence I never thought I’d say.)

A few episodes, murders and invisibility baseball hat wearing scenes later it started getting into the really crazy story lines, I even caught myself holding my breath on more than one occasion, and just like season one I remember hoping and wishing for Joe to get away with everything… does that make me a bad person?

Then disaster struck.

Candice had wormed her way back onto the scene, and she locked Joe in the cage with an already dead Delilah… and then texted Love to expose Joe for the killer that he was. How was he going to get out of it this time? I hoped and I preyed, but there she was, his one true wolf. Standing there with shock on her face, seeing Joe for who he really was. Then plot twist, Love stabs Candice in the neck. What. The. What.

We were already there, quicker than I would have hoped… the last episode. It was tense throughout, every time things started to settle down there’d be more gas added to the flames. I held my breath more than once and I went from glad to devastated real quick. The hurt was real, so very real when Forty was killed. He was the one that I wanted to survive and I was almost done with it all… but I powered through.

The end scene started the way I thought, everything was working out, the Quinn family had worked their magic and made everything go away. But it wasn’t over… of course it was over. How could he resist.

Again, what left me wanting more at the end of Season One had pulled the same move at the end of Season Two. Those three words, I heard those three words again.

“Oh hello, you.”

You – Netflix

“It would take a second or two for me to remember, hey… he murdered your boyfriend. “

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★★★★★

When browsing Netflix I always pass things that I tell myself, I’ll watch it later, and this was one them. And I’ll tell you now, I wish I’d watched it sooner, even just sooner that day – so that I could have fit more episodes in before I went to bed.

It starts as you’d expect, boy meets girl, and if you watched the trailer you’d know – before episode one started – that it would take a turn for the dark… and it did, quickly with the first few words, “Oh, hello you”. It’s eye opening to see how quickly someone can find out everything about you from a few clicks on their phone, from a few looks on a few profiles. It makes you wonder why more people don’t take advantage of the privacy settings offered by social media sites.

From the very first episode you’re captivated in the mind of Joe Goldberg with his narrative looming over, justifying the things he’s doing. He’s always there, watching over you. The basement of Mooney’s revealed it’s own dark secrets over time, from Joe’s teenage years to Benji, to Claudia and finally to Beck, it’s a glimpse into the reasons he is the way his is. An eye opening look into the history inside the glass cage, and who has been held captive there before.

I found myself in a whirlwind of emotions as I watched the relationship between Joe and Beck unwind. I’d catch myself smiling at the sweet things he’d do for her, doting on her every move. It would take a second or two for me to remember, hey… he murdered your boyfriend, burned his body and kept his teeth, he stood outside of your window and made nice with himself while watching you do the same, he attacked your best friend and then he murdered your best friend. It played with the fine line between love and obsession – a line that it played with a lot in the society of knowing or needing to know your partners passwords, needing to know where they are at all times and needing to know who they’re talking to. I don’t understand it, I’ve never understood it – and to quote the show, “If we don’t have trust, we have nothing.”

Overall, I would highly recommend giving it a watch, if you’re anything like me you’ll find yourself in the same boat, after watching all 10 episodes within 24 hours, I find myself needing Season 2, needing to know what is to follow the reveal of Candice at the of the final episode, walking into Mooney’s being greeted by the same eerie line with Joe’s narrative…

“Oh, hello you.”

Santa Clarita Diet

It’s a cannibal comedy that’s a breath of fresh air for TV.

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★★★★★

After a lot of delaying, with no reasoning at all – other than the fact I was watching Friends, Weeds and The Office US over and over and over again – I finally committed and ended up watching the whole of season 2 of The Santa Clarita Diet on Monday and I was not disappointed.

Watching on Netflix I was thankful for the few minutes they allowed at the beginning to review season 1, because while I remembered the main storyline, a lot of the details had escaped my mind since I last watched it.

Just in case you didn’t know, the story follows the Hammond family; Sheila, Joel and their daughter Abby as they try to figure out how Shelia became ‘undead’ – following a vomiting that would put even Regan from The Exorcist to shame – all the while trying to help her control her new found cannibalistic urges.

It has something for everyone: it has comedy, it has gore, it has an interesting storyline and a cast to die for. During the course of season one I was pulled in by the intriguing story of trying to find out the origins of the vomit spree and the red ball that Shelia threw up long ago in the very first episode (now known as Mr Ball-Legs).

Just like the first season, there is plenty of humor and plenty of blood, except this time she’s found her crown jewel, a group of Nazi’s to chow down on.

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