‘You’ season 4 trailer: Joe investigates a serial killer in London

You is one of my favorite Netflix shows. It started out as a Lifetime offering, but when that network declined to pick it up for a second season, Netflix stepped in and ran with it. I wonder if Lifetime is regretful because it seems like a pretty big hit for Netflix. The first two seasons came out in consecutive years, the third premiered nearly two years later due to covid, and now after over a year the fourth season will premiere on Netflix next month. Psycho stalker Joe Goldberg is in his fourth new location in as many seasons and seems to have found a formidable foe: another serial killer.

Joe Goldberg set his old life aflame to rise from the ashes as London-based professor Jonathan Moore. We’re talking about Penn Badgley’s character in the stalker-y and murder-y Netflix series You, which dropped the trailer for season four, part one on January 9. Now he’s a respectable academic who spends his evenings throwing back shots and snorting lines in his adopted home of London with the city’s elite. The high numbs his heartbreak — Marienne (Tati Gabrielle) might have left him in seasons past, but that pain served as a catalyst for his new path. “Turns out London’s fun and teaching’s not so bad,” Joe muses. “I fell in with the most insane, damaged people on earth: a circle of privileged douchebags.” And those douchebags start turning up dead thanks to the Eat-the-Rich Killer. The reformed murderer, eager to continue his European holiday, puts on his Sherlock Holmes hat and begins to investigate. Perhaps the skills gained from being a stalker are easily transferable to those of a detective. It’s not without distraction, though; there is always a woman that just might trigger Joe’s old habit. You know what Usher sings: Gotta let it burn. Part one of season four hits Netflix on February 10, followed by part two on March 10.

[From Vulture]

This looks so good; I can’t wait until February 9th. It’s interesting that they’re releasing it in two parts instead of all at once this time. Changing the location and therefore the characters each season has kept the show fresh and makes sense narratively because Joe is, after all, a killer, and needs to avoid getting caught. These snooty new London characters look even more over-the-top and obnoxious and fun than those from the other seasons. Is one of them the killer or is it someone else from Joe’s past? Whoever it is is clearly outsmarting Joe at every turn and keeping him on his toes. Shades of Love Quinn, but less emotional, more organized, and Joe might actually be prey this time. I’m going to predict now that the killer isn’t obsessed with Joe like Love was, I think it’s revenge and they’re hiding behind the “eat the rich” thing! It looks like after Love and Marianne, we’re back to basics with Joe’s British obsession. And it looks like he finds Marianne and she knows the truth about him? The color in those scenes looks like the flashbacks of his childhood, but I hope it’s a flashback because he’s moping about her getting away and not some worse, Joe reason.

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  1. Katie Beanstalk says:

    He can investigate me any day…

  2. Sascha says:

    They’re doing that because people are canceling the subscription because of the limited screening rules. I’ll just wait till April or when the next good thing comes out, i have patience. It’ll be hard but I refuse to be strong armed by the likes of Netflix lol.

  3. J. Ferber says:

    Done with the fascination with serial killers (especially killers of women). Just gross, really.

    • Saba says:

      Agree. I’m done with glamourising murder. Feeling a bit too raw after Bryan Kohberger and Brian Walshe. And the fact there’s never a shortage of Brians.

      • Saba says:

        I understand the interest in true crime and why women are particularly captivated by it.

        It validates what we know is true: many men are vile animals.

        They objectify, harass, stalk, minimise, gaslight, manipulate, control and take what they want without consent.

        Yet they are still given all the power and opportunities while women and girls are forced to be nice or be punished. It’s a lose-lose situation for us.

        Life is still unsafe for half the population.

  4. HeyKay says:

    I watched seasons 1-2 and gave up.
    PB is a good actor but No More for me.
    I can not take any more violence, glorifying killers, behind the mind of killers, or true crime shows.
    Real life has gotten so damn grim.
    Netflix has almost nothing of interest to me anymore.

    I need lighthearted entertainment these days.

  5. ariel says:

    LOVE the show (no Love-pun intended).
    Just started re-watching season 1 in prep for the new season coming out.

    Back in New York with Beck (RIP).

    I enjoy that when people (women) were pining for Joe- Penn Badgley was like- stop it- he is NOT a good boyfriend. Don’t be crazy.

    • AppleCart says:

      That remindes me when people were using the Police’s Every Breath You Take as a wedding song. And Sting was horrifed at it. It’s not a love song!!

  6. AppleCart says:

    I thought season 1-2 were really well done. Then season 3 just got predictable and campy. I will watch season 4 at some point. But not super excited for it. More like a binge on a rainy day if nothing better is on.

  7. Phuggi says:

    I know this is only tangential and nitpicky, but as a late-stage grad student, whenever I see a character who is “a professor,” all I can think about is “HOOWWWWWW?!?!?!? Did you give a job talk? Does s/he have tenure? Is this an adjunctship?”

    How did Joe ‘rise from the ashes’ into bona fide professorhood?!?!?! I need THAT show. Show me academic happily ever after.

    • Peaches says:

      Lol, I know right! I have my MA and work in higher ed admin alongside our faculty. I love how academia in TV/movie is all big offices, gothic towers, blazers with elbow patches, etc while the reality is eating old cafeteria pizza in a broom closet in a building that was converted from a parking garage next to highway in Bumf*ck, Midwest State for $50k/yr.

  8. j.ferber says:

    Saba, You said exactly what I was thinking: Idaho. I can’t even think about that horrible demented P.O.S. without rage, terror and disgust. Would NEVER want to see a movie of that. EVER. The other guy I’ve never heard of, thankfully.