Less entertaining, more message
THE second season of 13 Reasons Why takes a while to get going but actually has some strong points to say.
Many of these clear up accusations against the first series and make it clear that things are too late for Hannah Baker but others (ie real people) going through the same situation can find help.
It also delivers some real messages, calling on teens to ask for help and to talk about their problems. It takes until about episode eight for these messages to really heat up.
The second season throws plenty at us — the court case as Hannah’s parents sue the school as well as a mystery of who is trying to help Clay prove Bryce is a rapist.
As a premise, it’s a little underwhelming. Then there is the rewriting of some of the central tenets of the first season. The S2 view of Hannah’s relationship with Zach, for instance, is so irritating it made my teeth hurt.
There are some powerful moments — Jessica, as a young black woman, is afraid nobody will believe her word against that of Bryce, the rich white sports star.
Some episodes drag a bit, while you may feel the need to skip through some parts. Above all, teens watching it need to have it put into context by adults.
Skye’s struggles play a major part in S2.