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Review: Season Two of '13 Reasons Why' on Netflix
"Anger is an energy." The return of '13 Reasons Why.'
Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why returned on Friday, and though it’s hard not to mention the unfortunate timing of the release, this isn’t an opinion piece about gun control (though it very easily could be). While we grieve the latest school massacre and wait for the next one (because until things change, there will always be a next one), here are 13 reasons why you should watch season two of 13 Reasons Why:
1. It’s extremely well-written and well-directed, and the performances are phenomenal (Justin Prentice as bad guy/predator Bryce Walker is a standout, which is not easy given the talent on the show).
3. This is not an ABC Afterschool Special or a John Hughes movie. Consider yourself warned.
4. Kate Walsh’s crazy yet incredibly emotive eyes. Powerful performance.
5. Trying to determine exactly what physical, psychological or social malady that these teenagers don't confront (by my estimation, the only three missing are AIDS, sex trafficking and pedophilia).
6. The parents aren’t portrayed as complete rubes. There are some issues with the characters falling along gender stereotypes, but the adults are written and performed with sensitivity and respect. This isn’t a “teen versus adults” environment.
7. Whether you have kids or not (I don’t), the show reminds and helps you to understand that the situations teenagers face today are profoundly different than the ones you may have faced growing up.
8. Watching Brandon Flynn’s channel his inner Luke Perry for his portrayal of Justin Foley.
9. There are some moments of levity. “Your parents will follow in one of your other Priuses.” (just what is the plural of Prius? Prii?)
10. 13 Reasons Why is awkward and uncomfortable, and it forces you to look at things you’d rather not. In other words, it’s a lot like being a teenager.
11. It reminds us that there is a word of teenagers that exist and that their voices matter and need to be heard.
12. If you’re open to it, and despite the subject matter, it can make you remember the power of friendship and the importance of love and community.
13. Although I’m reluctant to say it, I will. The show is important. It’s rare that a television show can pull this kind of gravitas off. 13 Reasons Why does.
Is this second season as good as the first? That’s subjective, and I’m not sure it’s relevant (but it's just as good). What’s more important is that the show exists.
This isn’t a show about class or race; it’s about the modern teen experience, and 13 Reasons Why does an excellent job of capturing it. All of it.
Don’t ignore this show if you have teens. They’re GONNA watch it. Talk about it with them.
Is 13 Reasons Why worth your time? Yes. Definitely.
Some districts say the show can create conversations. Others say to avoid it.