Netflix’s new drama ’13 Reasons Why’ is currently one of the most popular shows on the site, and for good reason.
Netflix’s new original series ’13 Reasons Why’ is based on the novel of the same name by Jay Asher. The plot focuses on teenager Clay Jensen, who receives a package after school of tapes. These tapes were recorded by Hannah Baker, who committed suicide a couple of weeks before Clay receives the tapes. Clay soon discovers that he and other students are the causes of Hannah’s tragic death, as he struggles to comprehend what he did and what could have been done to stop the tragic suicide of Hannah Baker.
As a forewarning, the show itself is very emotional and very intense. During production, there were even therapy dogs on standby because the actors would be emotionally distraught after finishing a scene. The liberties that Netflix took with the series was risky but ultimately paid off in the end (and maybe will even lead to another season).
However, the best part of the show is undoubtedly the acting. Clay Jensen was portrayed by Dylan Minnette. He brings an awkwardness to the role as well as emotional vulnerability, which is key in order to make the teenaged protagonist relatable. Australian actress Katherine Langford portrayed Hannah Baker and completely made the audience believe that she was a vulnerable teenaged girl who deserved more.
*Warning: If you haven’t finished ’13 Reasons Why’ yet, please stop reading and do so as you are now venturing into spoiler talk!*
I have to admit, this show was really hard to watch. Not in a bad way, the show itself is great, but from an emotional standpoint. As I started to watch the last episodes, I realized how important this show is to teenagers and educators everywhere, and how to deal with mental health.
First, let’s get to the issue of antagonist Bryce Walker. He is a despicable human being and deserves to rot in jail. When it is revealed that Clay secretly recorded his confession, I just wanted Clay to go straight to the police and reveal everything. I just wanted Bryce Walker behind bars for hurting Hannah and Jessica.
The ending, unlike the book, had an open interpretation. Hannah’s parents now have the tapes – how would they respond to them? Will this change the lawsuit at all? And there’s the issue of Alex. Is he going to survive the gunshot wound? Did he do it out of guilt or something else?
However, I find the most intriguing conflict to be with Tyler. The dorky yearbook photographer was last seen placing photographs of all the students that bullied him in the darkroom. Not to mention, this was after he collected a very alarming gun collection in his room. This leads to a very frightening prediction- is Tyler planning a school shooting? The signs are pointing to it- and shows a lesson on how much bullying can effect a person (like Hannah and Tyler).
’13 Reasons Why’ is undoubtedly a great show. It is very tough to watch, but that is the point. It is supposed to show the viewer about the vulnerability of a teenager, and what to do if you see warning signs. It is a heartbreaking show- but a very important one as well.