Hello … you.
A fourth season of Netflix’s hit series You has begun with the first five episodes available to stream now. The season, which takes on a new whodunnit format, is thus far full of twists and surprises lurking behind corners that will undoubtedly leave viewers eager for more until the next five episodes are released. The writing room for the series brought a new depth of intricacy and mystery that has provided the best season for the series since season 1.
Not only did the writing team bring their best to the table, the star of the series, Penn Badgley, is elevated this season. Not only does Badgley bring the same level of consistently stunning and off-putting charm and ease to the character of Joe Goldberg, this time around living under the identity of Professor Jonathan Moore, but audiences will be able to tell that the actor had a lot of fun making this season as well.
We get to see Joe in a lot of new and unique situations this season, which allows Badgley to display a bit more of his range and understanding of the character. Watching Joe on the receiving end of stalking for the first time is some of the most exhilarating and entertaining television I have watched in recent years.
In addition to Badgley, a large new cast was introduced now that Joe has jumped across the pond to England, and each and every new member of the ensemble is an impeccable addition to the series. The stand-outs, for me, were Tilly Keeper and Ed Speelers, who match Badgley’s energy and on-screen presence perfectly. The amount of chemistry the entire cast is able to demonstrate in just the five episodes and believability behind their performances will surely have many fans choosing a new favorite character (tag me in all of the Lady Phoebe fan edits).
The locations for the season, set in London, are stunning. The sets are intricate and beautiful and will leave you pausing just to look at the details — I’m not exaggerating when I say that I would do just about anything to have Joe’s London flat. In addition to wonderful, immersive set designs, the costumes for this season are wonderful and are used to reveal more details and traits of our cast in an incredibly clever fashion.
Our full review for the entire season will come with the release of part 2 on March 09.
Until then, check back with Nerds & Beyond throughout the day for recaps of each of the five episodes from part 1, which are available to stream now on Netflix.