When I started this blog I never thought that I would be “reviewing” or discussing a tv show but because 13 Reasons Why stirs up a lot of conversation, I thought that I might as well add my input in regardless if you asked for it or not because I have seen a lot of ignorant posts about the series, specifically S2.
Eeeer… I don’t know how to properly put in a trigger warning but here is your trigger warning because in this post I will talk about rape, assault, suicide, and drug abuse. So if you are triggered by any of these topics, please skip this post. Also, there are probably spoilers in this post – sorry!
Here is the description of the series from the official website of 13 Reasons Why…
13 Reasons Why Season 2 picks up in the aftermath of Hannah’s death and the start of our characters’ complicated journeys toward healing and recovery. Liberty High prepares to go on trial, but someone will stop at nothing to keep the truth surrounding Hannah’s death concealed. A series of ominous polaroids lead Clay and his classmates to uncover a sickening secret and a conspiracy to cover it up.
This show is rated MA for mature audiences, it covers many issues including depression, sexual assault, and suicide. If you are struggling, this series may not be right for you or you may want to watch it with a trusted adult.
Let me start off by saying that I finished S2 in what I would consider being record timing, literally like the first day it came out – more or less due to the fact that I was traveling that day and had a plethora amount of downtime. I think that S2 was so much better than S1 – and don’t get me wrong, I loved S1. After S1 came out the series received a lot of backlash for not providing a trigger warning before the show… ok, I get it but why do people not look into the details of shows before they watch them? Anyway, I think it was great that for S2 they did include warnings… go figure, some people were still pissed off because the show is “too graphic”. No matter what this series does or does not do, they will be criticized, which is dumb in my opinion.
Here are a few opinions from strangers that I have gathered on S2…
You get the gist, (some) people are really fucking pissed off at 13 Reasons Why… I am not here to tell you how to feel, go ahead and feel whichever way you want, but please recognize that you are watching a tv series that brings to light very tough subjects to talk about and watch. There can not possibly be a warning before every single controversial scene. You are warned before the show that this show is not for everyone.
Many are especially mad at the last episode, which really made me feel uneasy, but that is the fucking point of this series – to make you feel uncomfortable and aware of what goes on! This show would not be successful doing their job if they sugar coated specific scenes. Where Justin shot up heroine it made me cringe, but that was the purpose of that scene. I got emotional when Clay got pissed at Hannah for killing herself. I truly related to that and appreciated the show recognizing that part of the grieving process for some includes anger towards the one that they lost.
S1 when Hannah slit her wrists made me cry because I could relate and understand the mental pain she was going through. I agree, scenes in this show are graphic, but it is rated MA for a reason and I advise to watch this show with caution. S2 episode 13 where Tyler is raped was so incredibly difficult to watch. I think this scene brings to light that both men and women can be raped. As viewers, we saw Hannah and Jess get raped so I am confused as to why people are outraged by the series showing Tyler getting raped. As a society, it is not talked about enough that men get sexually assaulted and I believe that is one of the reasons why there is so much pushback from this season.
After Tyler was raped there is a scene where he plans to open fire during the school dance. Many are arguing that the series was trying to make Tyler’s character relatable, or justified for his actions… truthfully, I don’t believe that was their intentions at all. School shootings are such a touchy subject that I don’t feel comfortable writing about them because words can easily become twisted or misunderstood.
To wrap this up, I found a tweet that pretty much summarizes my exact feelings towards the pushback that 13 Reasons Why S2 is receiving …
Not sure how to wrap up this post so… ya… thanks for KUWK. Please remember to be kind to one another because you never know what someone else is going through.
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted – Aesop