Name: Sex Education
Genre: Comedy, Drama
The new season of Sex Education opens up with a montage sequence of masturbation and teen pleasure. Yes, we jump straight into it. At the end of season one, we leave Otis having successfully masturbated for the first time, and frankly it seems like he never stopped.
This sequence sets the nature for the entire season – heatedly fast, funny and very in your face. Just like the first season, we continue to follow the overwhelming sexual urges of sixth form students, delivering us laugh out loud comedy as their erotic adventures and experiments makes them questions even more hilarious queries about themselves. We dive deeper into the mind and actions of our main characters as they continue another term in school, tapping into darker more serious themes such as mental health and sexual assault.
Our favourite badass Maeve (Emma Mackey) returns to the school, with help from Miss Sands, and enrols on the special ability programme. Maeve’s life hasn’t gotten any easier as she constantly feels like she has to prove herself to the unwelcoming privileged peers and the emotional return of her estranged mother Erin (Anne-Marie Duff). Her mother turns up on her door step claiming that she hasn’t used drugs for a year and with a three-year-old half-sister by her side. Mackey portrays the character perfectly as a girl who has to have a frightening behaviour, but underneath she has her own feelings.
Otis (Asa Butterfield) is also at a complicated part of his life, navigating between his relationship with his new girlfriend Ola (Patricia Allison), while his mother Jean (Gillian Anderson) is dating Ola’s dad. Yes – this would make it awkward for any family meal, and yes – this becomes very clear.
We find struggling Adam (Connor Swindells) as he unfairly gets expelled from military school, forcing him to return to the care of his horrible father and over shadowed mother. One thing that I noticed during the season was how much of an incredible actor Swindells is. He doesn’t have many lines throughout the entire season, but successfully brought the raw emotion needed to allow the audience to fully sympathize and show us heartbreaking scenes perfectly. Our confidence vibrant Eric (Ncuti Gatwa) sparkles on our screens once more, remaining strong, handling everything that’s thrown his way with so much natural rawness.
One character who has more concentration this year is Aimee (Aimee Lou Woods), who struggles with daily tasks and intimacy with her boyfriend after being sexually assaulted. This subject is portrayed perfectly throughout the season starting as something that is overlooked and ignored to ultimately building a strong bond between a bunch of mixed personality and popularity of girls. It is a subject which young adults may find difficult to talk about to anyone, but the series shows that it’s absolutely fine to be affected by something and you must allow time for yourself to heal, more mentally than physically in this instance.
Mental health is something that is also addressed within this season, as Jackson (Kedar Williams-Stirling) continues to struggle with the pressure of achieving a successful swimming career. Mental health issues are something that people feel they must hide, something they have to feel embarrassed about. Having this lurking in the background and not the main storyline focus, shows that the suffering can go by without notice and carry on, unless you let someone in.
Every actor was perfectly chosen for their role, alongside the wonderfully written scripting, it’s a taste of pure genius combing the serious act of intimacy with the comedy and humour of sex. Each character, even the smaller side characters, has explained backstories allowing us to fully emerge into the season.
This series has it all. It is a light humour series that does address some important themes and strike up discussions needed for young adults today. It’s a series that keeps your attention, giving you the urge to binge watch the whole thing in one weekend. Admittedly I did.