Until the second season. Then the third. And now the fourth and last season.
Attention, the spoilers for the last season follow.
It almost seemed like after the show was called on its triggers and introduced new warnings, the creators of the show decided to double the exploration of these subjects in order to divert the narration.
Here’s an excerpt from the first season released in March 2017: “The following are 13 episodes of one of the most realistic teen dramas on television. Rumors, cyberbullying and mystery spice up each episode. The installments reveal a tangled tale full of intrigue that makes it so easy to slip into the world of Hannah Baker’s high school, easily allowing the viewer to represent themselves in Hannah’s shoes, in her mom’s shoes , in Clay’s shoes, in the world of 13 reasons why. ”
Do you remember this series? It’s difficult now.
The fourth season followed Clay (Dylan Minnette) flaming under the pressure of all secrets and cover-ups. Bryce’s death (Justin Prentice) and the murder of Monty (Timothy Granaderos) because of Bryce’s concealment weighed on him specifically. Clay was responsible for terrorizing his friends during the camping trip and making vague threats about their past wrongdoings, all without remembering. The season has been filled with everything possible, whether it makes sense or not, from releasing stories to a school shooting exercise starring S.W.A.T. team shooting blanks to terrorize students. It ended with Clay having a breakdown and grabbing a cop’s pistol. One episode featured a student demonstration that turned into a violent argument with the police. But just one episode after the students clashed with the police, filmed long before the national demonstrations against police brutality and excessive force, there were jokes about the riot and everyone focused on the ball.
Talk about whiplash.
Because it is 13 reasons why and everything possible happened to the student body of Liberty High, the final episode of the series’s graduation also featured a story about HIV / AIDS. Justin (Brandon flynn) contracted HIV, quickly developed AIDS and only had a few days to live. The character had previously abused intravenous drugs and traded sex for money while living on the street. He had cleaned up his life and found a loving home with Clay’s family, but had failed to graduate. The death was rightly criticized by viewers.
“Dear @ 13ReasonsWhy: Your story about HIV / AIDS with Justin, the UN character with a really redeemable bow in this series, would have been a great opportunity to show that HIV / AIDS is not a death sentence in the 21st century . I tolerated * a lot * of intrigue and unnecessary intrigue on this TV show. But this one really pisses me off. You had a real chance here to transmit HIV / AIDS in a real, honest and precise way, but you all had to go for the shock value unnecessarily again “, Twitter user @ mbross44 sharing.
According to series tradition, Justin’s ghost appeared to Clay more than once after the character’s death, including at the high school diploma where he was hanging out with Bryce’s ghost.
“You can love people who have hurt. You can forgive people. Even the people who hurt you the most, “said ghost Justin to Clay about spending time with Bryce, a” friend “who just inflicted quite a bit of pain on each character in the series.
The show ended with the re-formed group burying Hannah Baker’s tapes, and in one of the final scenes, the ghost of Bryce appeared to Jessica (Alisha Boe), a kind of jubilation of its impact. The really confusing conversation between Jessica and Bryce boiled down to giving Bryce credit for setting up their group of friends. So, thanks to him and his heinous actions, for his assaults, Jessica, Clay and the rest of the group are all linked together.
The show preached forgiveness, but lost its way trying to rehabilitate each character. Did viewers really need to see Bryce, a tyrant who has already had his fair share of character rehabilitation in the series, take credit for having created the group of friends? Should they be trying to show viewers, “You see, something good can come from trauma?
Trying to cover just about every possible topic instead of focusing on the original storyline of the book, just seeming to exist for legal controversy, 13 reasons why failed to its viewers.