Season 1 rating: 97/100
TV Series Info
Bookstore manager Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) meets graduate student and aspiring writer Guinevere Beck (Elizabeth Lail) at his bookstore and falls in love at first sight. Joe becomes obsessed with Guinevere and stops at nothing in getting rid of the obstacles that keep her from loving him.
|Penn Badgley||Joe Goldberg||Season 1|
|Elizabeth Lail||Guinevere Beck||Season 1|
|Ambyr Childers||Candace Stone||Season 1|
|Luca Padovan||Paco||Season 1|
|Zach Cherry||Ethan||Season 1|
|Shay Mitchell||Peach Salinger||Season 1|
|Kathryn Gallagher||Annika Atwater||Season 1|
Based on what I know about the book, it does a great job at keeping the key characteristics of the main character Joe alive. It also does well to keep it thrilling and detailed like the book. An up to date drama like this takes a lot of skill and knowledge of the characters surroundings. They definitely grasp the idea of Joe being a smart stalker but also him being clumsy and taking each day as it comes sometimes. I really enjoyed picking my way through the script to find what made this world so interesting.
The world was detailed and interesting with a narrative that kept me glued to my screen. Any signs of rage I showed were to cheer and shout at characters; I as that into it. At first I thought it was going to be your classic damsel who stops the stalker, however it took me by surprise. In the end Joe cleans up his mess he’s made and frames other people for the murders. What I liked most about this series was that from the start you fall in love with the character Joe, even though he’s a crazed killer. It makes you root for him and want his story arc to go well. It goes to show that we all have madness inside ourselves if we choose the killer over the girl.
To keep up the suspense in scenes they used some really clever camera angles that helped keep people guessing. One of my favourite moments was when they didn’t show the graphic of blood when Joe killed someone, but if someone hit Joe, you get to see it all. Its that type of clever camera work that makes you like the man character more as you never feel discussed with him cause you never know what type of brutal decapitation he has done. Also, can I just say how detailed Benji’s rotting corpse looked, I was very convinced with the work the effects team had done.
A stellar performance from the two main cast members (Penn and Elizabeth), both characters had chemistry and had us rooting for both of them. Shay Mitchell and Luca Padovan were another two that understood their characters, the character of Peach you hated but at the same time didn’t want them to die and Paco, a kid who you just wanted to give him a hug and let him get his justice. There were a few weird choice in cast members, they did seem to fit into the mould and had some questionable dialogue. Apart from that the cast was a good one and I can’t wait to watch Season 2 and beyond.