Hey guys! So, this is a warning that this post will be discussing some upsetting topics so if you’re triggered by anything that is discussed in 13 Reasons Why then I suggest you click off and go to one of my happier posts! But I’ve recently finished this series and I have so many things to say and so little time to say it!
So, the story follows on from the end of Series 1. To be honest, I was a bit skeptical about how they were going to do a second series. I’ve read the book, too, and there’s no second book so I was very confused about what more they could do with the story, really. But as the series developed, it was obvious that there were loose ends that needed tying up and some healing that needed to happen for the characters. There has been a time gap since the events of the first series and the second – the trial for Hannah is looming and rumours are going around about what Bryce has done. Alex has attempted suicide, Clay is now with Skye and Hannah is still in the series! Yay! As a ghost-fake-memory-projection? Nay!
Don’t get me wrong, I loved all of the emotional scenes that came from Hannah being there but something about it made me feel uncomfortable. They kept switching between it being Clay’s projection of her to Hannah knowing things that Clay shouldn’t have known. It was just a bit… messy? In places? I got the need for Hannah being there but there were some moments when I think they should have just made her a straight up ghost if they were going to have her there. That is one negative thing that I can say for the whole series was that some areas of it were a bit messy – such as the timelines. So much is supposed to have happened in such a short period – I was thinking… wait? When did this happen? What? Especially the relationship between Zach and Hannah. Aside from this, I was grateful that the writers handled the show the way that they did. I know there was a lot of backlash from the first series – myself included – but I think they were more sensitive to some of the subjects they discussed. Brutally honest, too. But we’ll get back to that.
My favourite character is hands down Clay. To be honest, aside from the obvious, I really don’t think there’s many people I don’t like. All of the characters are so unique and loveable in their own way. I love the fact that you never really know what Clay is going to do – you think you’ve got the scope of his character then he does something completely wild and you’re like boy. But a close second is definitely Justin. My poor broken angel. I loved him in the first series but I loved him even more in the second series. He just needs one big cuddle.
The acting can’t be topped with this show. The characters are so wholly believable and I really feel for the actors who are having to put their minds into the characters’ positions. No matter what, these issues are real. They do happen. I personally think that Bryce’s actor, Justin Prentice (who is only a year older than me? WHAT.) had the most difficult job. But again, I’ll get into that later. Dylan Minnette still surprises and impresses me with how beautiful his acting is. He isn’t afraid to look ugly, to do something that makes him look ridiculous or make the most ridiculous sounds so long as the emotion is conveyed. I’ve seen him in Open House and Don’t Breathe and he is exactly the same in that – he is a mesmerising actor.
Next up, the villains. I don’t remember Scott being such a little monster but he really is. He’s disgusting and vile and so is Bryce. But they don’t ever for one second sympathise with them – they try to, but you don’t feel any remorse for what they get. They are bullies through and through. I know one of the main gripes that people have had with this series is that Bryce didn’t get the punishment he deserved and I completely agree. But sadly, he got the punishment that many real life rapists in his position get. Instead of weighing up what they’ve done to the victim, they weigh up how much of a life the rapist should have. It’s disgusting but it’s a message that needs to be spread – and I think 13 Reasons Why have done an amazing job of using their platform to raise awareness to real issues that teenagers are facing day after day.
Side note – it was amazing to see some accurate Christian representation through the vicar/priest/pastor. I can’t remember what he was. But I really hate the fact that the majority of Christians represented on TV shows are Bible-bashing lunatics who are normally the bad guys. So to see something so accurate and true to what I know to be the Christian faith was heartwarming.
Don’t worry guys – I’m almost done. Let’s talk about that ending. I love the fact that Clay got some level of closure for Hannah with her walking away to heaven (Katherine isn’t going to be in series 3) but I’m so cross with the ending. The fact that they hinted at there being a school shooting and then Clay just being able to talk him down made me so cross. So many people watching are going to know people or have maybe even been victims themselves of a school shooting. It felt grossly unneccessary and just pushed in there for some shock value.
Overall, do I want there to be a third series? Not really. I think they’ve closed everything up and to put these poor people through anything more would be too much.
What did you guys think? Do you want me to review more TV shows? Let me know in the comments below! I’ll be back with a makeup post next time!
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