Netflix’s controversial suicide drama 13 Reasons Why has finally returned with its second season, after dealing with Hannah Baker’s tragic story in the first season. The premise of the series was that a teenager committed suicide and then left a series of 13 recorded messages in which she explains what led to this decision. Based on a novel by Jay Asher, the first season was a smash hit. However, having a second season for this story felt a bit unnecessary. Baker’s story ended, and many people didn’t love the idea of taking it beyond the confines of the novel. However, the new season finds a clever way of doing that.
The series is still very melodramatic and emotional, as all teenage dramas should be. The story picks up five months after Hannah’s tapes make an appearance and the bullying and sexual assaults happening at Liberty High are revealed. Her family’s lawsuit against the high school is now about to go to trial. This is the very clever way in which this season trades tapes for testimonies. Now, the story is being told from many perspectives, as people have their time on stand and talk about their version of events.
13 Reasons Why comes back with more drama than ever
At the same time, Clay tries to move forward with his life and now dates Skye, a girl with a lot of emotional baggage too. However, his life is once again troubles when random Polaroids appear in his locker suggesting that Hannah might not have been the only victim. This season, the focus is more on sexual assault and its aftermath than on suicide and mental health.
However, many people expressed their disagreement over a plot device that has Hannah return as a ghost. Not a figment of imagination or something similar. A real apparition that only Clay can see. It’s unnecessary for the events occurring at the time and seems like a way to get Hannah involved once more. All in all, 13 Reasons Why and its second season deal with a lot of important matters. However, it won’t leave you wanting more or loving it. It acts more like a lesson that you will understand later in your life.
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