The much-beloved show is back for another outing on Netflix. The first installment was universally well-loved. Surprisingly thought-provoking and quirky, Sex Education season 1 explored the budding sex lives of teenagers.
It got the praise of how it let its characters explore the subject matter-approaching the newly opened world with curiosity and confusion, as youngsters often do when it comes to it. This was much appreciated versus the dreaded approach of coming out as too preachy.
Season 2 picks up from the end of Season 1 after Otis finally chose to date Ola instead of being stuck in unrequited love for Maeve. Season 1 had a good chunk of time dedicated to him developing as he person. Shedding his blinkers and opening his eyes’ to struggles of people around him had been a giant step for him.’
Unfortunately, this season squanders most of that. Otis ends up more or less neutering all the character development he had undergone in season 1. It becomes frustrating to see him repeat the same mistakes only to end up in that state of indecision he had been in the beginning. Otis doesn’t gain the audience’s favor until he starts being considerate about others around him.
Jean, too, fell into the same regression spiral-like, Otis. Despite spending Season1 learning to giving the possibility of true love a chance, she was still back to square one once sequel started.
The show was re-treading the beaten path. The writers seemed determined to hold back on the main characters’ arc progression till the next season, making this installment feel like a temporary placeholder of sorts.
The silver lining of the Season 2 shaped cloud was resident so-called bad girl Maeve She had previously displayed more depth than what her dangerous bad girl persona suggested. Season 2, she spent trying to prove the same to herself.
For her to escape the small town she’s lived in forever, she needs to start believing herself worthy of achieving something of her own. Her development has been the most exciting thing in the entire season. Otis may or may not go back to pining for her, but the audience sure does.
Thankfully the show retains it’s the charming and quirky supporting cast. They had been a delight in Season 1 as well.
While the show overall was a little disappointing, but considering the popularity of the series, it won’t be surprising if a third season is already on the way.