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05th Feb 2019

Netflix’s YOU without Joe narrating is somehow even more unsettling

Keeley Ryan

Have you seen YOU yet?

The series  follows Joe Goldberg, a stalker-kidnapper-murderer/bookstore manager in New York City, who falls for a writer named Beck after a chance encounter.

To try and win her affection, he stalks her – and kills anyone in her inner circle who he thinks will ‘hurt’ her or seemingly figure out what he’s doing.

Most of the show unfolds from Joe’s perspective, with the character constantly narrating his decisions, thoughts and bizarre reasoning via voice overs only the audience members can hear.

And we mean constantly narrating. It is basically like 99 per cent of the time we hear Joe’s voice in the series.

But it turns out that if you take out Joe’s commentary, the series becomes very eerie and uncomfortable – mostly because it just shows him lurking around and staring at the other characters instead of, you know, actually responding to them aloud.

Even more awkward, though, is the scene where Joe tries to make a move on Beck and she shuts him down with a simple word…and they don’t actually say anything afterwards.

As Netflix points out in the video: “When the only word between a couple all night is ‘falafel’, it’s probably not meant to be.”

You can check out the full video below.

The casting for the highly-anticipated second season of YOU is currently underway.

It was recently announced that The Haunting of Hill House’s Victoria Pedretti will be playing the female lead next season, featuring as Love Quinn – an aspiring chef working as a produce manager in a high-end grocery store.