Based on the book by Jay Asher, Netflix’s latest original series, 13 Reasons Why, is an emotional rollercoaster of a series. Following high school student, Clay Jensen, as he comes to terms with the suicide of fellow class mate Hannah Baker, the show explores the reasons as to why this young lady thought she had no option but to take her own life.
Serious questions are put to the audience as various topics such as bullying are explored. How much responsibility lies at the feet of people that barely knew a girl but perhaps passed on a rumour, or shared a picture. This show really gets in your face and asks those involved to face the truth.
Bullying is often portrayed in the media as very black and white. You have a bully and a victim. The truth is often a lot more murky. Bullies don’t usually see themselves as bullies. All it takes sometimes is a stupid comment at the wrong moment and someone can be badly affected. The “bully” didn’t even intend any harm, but harm happened. 13 Reasons Why explores this subject with a laser focus that will hopefully spread some light into a very difficult subject.
The acting of the largely unknown cast is solid with no bad performances. This could of easily fallen into another teenage angst overkill story but fortunately did not. Although obviously there are some heavy emotional scenes given the subject matter they all seem hard earned and fitting.
The Pom here chipping in with his views. I was all up to date with my TV Shows and needed something new to watch. Now this genre isn’t necessairly my first choice when it comes to TV Shows, a typical high school drama, but based on the review from Dave, I thought why not. After watching the first episode, was I mistaken!!! This show is incredible and I implore you to get on Netflix and watch.
The casting is brilliant and every single one of them brings something unique to their roles and you cannot choose a stand out star. The direction is fantastic, even down to the subtle change in glow of the scenes when we are in a flashback, against the instant drop in colour when we are in the here and now.
The story really does take you on a complete emotional rollercoaster and you get involved just wanting someone to reach out and save Hannah. There has been some criticism online from people saying it is too graphic, or it gives the wrong impression to teenagers who are suffering. I say complete nonsense as even this ‘bad publicity’ is going to raise awareness for teenagers going through a similar time. If this programme encourages just one person to reach out and get help then it will have done it’s job.
I am not going to say anymore other than that you just need to watch it. I give it a huge 4.5 stars, once you have seen it all you will understand why I didn’t give it a 5. However this is a show that achieved the impossible, I now actually miss a fictional character! You will end up binge watching, getting angry and emotional so strap yourselves in…..
And please, if you feel you need help, contact your local support line
Australia – lifeline 13 11 14
U.K. – Childline 0800 1111
N.Z. – 0508 828 865
U.S.A. – 1800 273 8255