Wow. Talk about one wild SEXY new season of Sex Education. First off, if you haven’t watched Sex Education at all, what are you waiting for?
In season one, we see our main character Otis, struggle to wank himself and experience his first orgasm until the last episode. This season however, we see he has no problem with masturbating now because the season opens with a montage of him doing it everywhere. While I’m happy that Otis can finally express himself in that way, I wonder if we really need to see two minutes of him doing it? I felt it was a little obsessive, but it ties up this lingering story arc from last season, and shows us how Otis has changed.
Speaking of Otis, the sex clinic with Maeve was not prevalent in the same way this season. In each episode of season one, Otis and Maeve dealt mainly with drama involving sex and their classmates. Season two changes its focus to a wider range of issues. I’m happy that season two focuses more on serious topics such as depression, anxiety, sexual harassment and drug abuse. This gives the show the ability to educate viewers about important topics while staying quirky and true to the main themes of season one. Season two does a great job of balancing out the crazy sex experiences and the serious topics surrounding modern teenagers and young adults.
Relationships were flying high this season and you can feel that love is in the air. Though Otis and Maeve’s relationship is not as strong as it was, and the second season explores the two as they struggle to define their relationship. At the end of the day, it convinces the audience to support the odd pair despite the obstacles in their path. Sex Education takes major strides to be wholly inclusive.
Even though Sex Education centers around sex, fun and relationship drama, season two also touches on some serious topics that are happening in the world. These topics are shown through the characters of Jackson, Aimee and Maeve’s mother. While I applaud Sex Edcation for making the effort to bring these serious topics to light, I didn’t enjoy the way some of these issues were approached. When dealing with an instance of sexual harassment, Sex Education handled it in a joking way; this continues throughout season two and is often secretly joked about or brushed off. The Sex Education crew could have been more sensitive when approaching this issue, since it’s serious and it still happens to many people. They did do something right when talking about sexual harassment by bringing the main female cast together, but overall it was not handled as if it was a serious topic. With the rest of the serious topics, like drug abuse, depression and anxiety, Sex Education did a nice job portraying how it takes a toll on the person and the people surrounding them. Overall, this season of Sex Education is very well done and I look forward to a third season.
Art by Contributing Artist, Carolyn Langer.