Lifetime has a new show called “You”, and I wasn’t going to watch it or review it. I really wasn’t. It just sounds, well, icky. The premise is a bookstore manager who meets a nice girl, wonders if she might be the one, yada yada yada, he stalks and invades her life by stealth to figure out everything he can about her. Including faking his way by a gas company repairman so he can go through her apartment.
Yep, it’s a stalker show, from the perspective of the lovable bookworm.
The creepier part is that it is watchable. You can see what she sees, and how she might come to be interested. You can see upfront too that she just sparks all over the place, and is like catnip to the introverted bookstore manager. And if it was just a short romantic comedy, it would be, well, maybe not deep, but cute.
And I’m under no illusions that stalking is cute or harmless. But I want to see where it goes as his madness and obsession expands.
I’m not familiar with the male lead, Penn Badgley, as I wasn’t into Gossip Girl, and I haven’t seen Elizabeth Lail either as the female lead. But she has a bit of a Piper Perabo thing going on, which doesn’t suck, and Penn isn’t initially creepy to watch.
I’ll give it a go. But I don’t see how it could ever get to a second season, and I’m betting it will be cancelled anyway.