Less en­ter­tain­ing, more mes­sage

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

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.

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