Netflix has been blessing us with its existence since it arrived in the MENA region. Although it doesn’t have all the shows you’d want to watch on a Thursday night when you have no plans, it has a couple of shows that could make you sleep at 5 AM. “You” is a show that dropped on netflix and has taken the world by storm. Created by Sara Gamble and Greg Berlanti, the show discusses multiple sensitive themes such as: obsession, self validation, stalking, and much more. While I am not a huge fan of love and drama series, “You” has not disappointed me. Personally, I believe that “You” should be watched by teenagers, and here’s why:
ONE: Stalking? Not cute!
Joe, the main character, falls in love with Beck at first sight. The 1st episode begins by Joe giving a detailed description about who he thinks Beck is and what her personality entails. While this might sound heartwarming, it escalates throughout the series and quickly turns from cute to frightening. In my personal opinion, I believe that the way the creators romanticized the stalking part of the show might send a wrong message. The show highlights the effects of stalking on both the stalker and the victim. We deduce so by watching Joe’s anxiety, intrusive thoughts and actions escalate throughout the episodes. We can also see that it affects Beck because she began to overthink as well and she also became defensive when her friends did not accept Joe. Joe might’ve been nice to Beck but isn’t it weird that he knows everything about her and everything she likes?
TWO: Don’t let the love gestures fool you:
We all do a little bit of stalking here and there. We love seeing the faces of our crushes on our phones as the butterflies keep flying around and hitting the walls of our stomach. But we all know our limit: the casual insta-stalking every now and then. In “You”, the stalking began by scanning a credit card and getting the full name and ended by murder. In the episodes, you’ll find that Joe is going out of his way to make Beck happy. Occasionally, he’d spill some facts by accident and quickly save himself. Those occasional slips appeared to be romantic for Beck. She was naive enough not to consider them as they were sugar coated by flirty sentences and romantic gestures.
THREE: Toxic relationships
Before Joe appeared in the picture, Beck was having a merely sexual and slightly romantic relationship with a guy named Benji. Benji was you stereotypical frat caucasian male: long blonde hair, full beard, lots of money, and allergic to peanuts. Benji played a key role as he represented how Beck was commonly treated. He would answer her texts every now and then,contact her when he wants to have a little fun in bed and refrain from partaking in any events that might induce feelings. Beck disregarded all of what was happening and just enjoyed while everything lasted. We can see that Beck was affected by Benji when he skips all of her poetry reciting events and doesn’t text her back when she’s asking about him.
FOUR: Plastic Friends.
Although the show mostly revolves around Beck and Joe, Beck’s friends play a role of high importance. Beck’s friends appear to be more financially well off than she is and that almost always leaves Beck broke or on the verge of being broke. From the expensive gifts to the expensive nights out that she calls “social media worthy”, Beck hides behind her friends’ wealth and popularity and tries to fit in with them. Sadly, they judge her and they mock whatever she does. Joe directly read through her and he confronted her with her sad reality but she chose to ignore.
FIVE: Hidden messages.
A character that caught my interest was Paco, Joe’s neighbor. Paco lives in an extremely toxic environment with his mom and her boyfriend. When Joe returns home after a good stalking session, he always finds Paco reading on the staircase while listening to his parents fights/sexual adventures. Paco is an extremely quiet child who is obedient and helpful and enjoys complicated literary pieces such as “Don Quixote” and “Frankenstein”. When Paco was first introduced, I felt that he was used as a model of Joe’s childhood. While this was never addressed in the first few episodes of the show, it surely kept me thinking.