TV Show Review: 13 Reasons Why: Season 2
Distributors: Netflix (2018), Viacom (USA) (all media)
Starring: Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford, Christian Navarro, Alisha Boe, Brandon Flynn, Justin Prentice, Miles Heizer, Ross Butler, Devin Druid, Amy Hargreaves, Derek Luke, Kate Walsh, Anne Winters, Bryce Cass, Samantha Logan, Allison Miller, Sosie Bacon, Mark Pellegrino, and Brandon Butler
Production Companies: July Moon Productions, Kicked to the Curb Productions, Anonymous Content, Paramount Television
Overall Rating: ****/5
Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette) is back, along with the other 12 reasons for the death of Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), in season two of the award-winning Netflix series “13 Reasons Why”.
The first season focused on some very heavy topics, including bullying, stalking, rape, and suicide, and season two follows suit. One of the topics touched on in the beginning of season two is that of “consent.” This is an important topic that needs to be explored, not just because of what is currently going on in the media today, but also because of the issues regarding sexual assault in season one.
As with season one, there are moments that may be difficult for some to watch, but it is still worth a viewing.
Season two focuses on those involved in the suicide of Hannah Baker, and Hannah’s mother (Kate Walsh) trying to find someone to blame to help them find closure. They focus on those listed on the tapes as well as the school itself.
While blame is not easily placed at first, there tends to be a focus on some more than others, especially after some new information is delivered to other characters.
Each episode progresses with a new witness being called upon during a court hearing where Hannah’s mother is attempting to hold the school accountable for not stepping in and helping when help is what Hannah needed.
As the series moves forward, Clay becomes privy to some new evidence that can help sway the case in many different directions, and it is up to him to find out the facts before jumping to any conclusions.
Tensions build, relationships are strained, and everybody’s emotional strength is put to the test.
The show still focuses on what is important, even if there are a few oddities added that may not make much sense for much of the second season.
“13 Reasons Why”, season two is a show that could be beneficial for parents to watch with their older teens, as much of what is focuses on isn’t just about school, but life in general.