‘Sex Education’ season 2 impresses fans

Liz Gremer , Co Art Director

When I first tuned-in to “Sex Education” last year in its first season, I was shocked, but also incredibly intrigued. Sure, the show graphically depicts teenage relationships and intimacy, but the realness and complexity of the storylines kept my eyes glued to the screen. I finished the first season in a single weekend, and I did the same exact thing when the second season of the Netflix show dropped.

“Sex Education” first started streaming in January 2019 and became an instant hit. The show’s unique plot captivated audiences worldwide, especially due to the accuracy and blunt handling of a controversial issue: teen sex.

The plot is simple: Otis Milburn (Asa Butterfield) is the son of sex therapist Jean (Gillian Anderson). When Otis’ talent with guiding his classmates through their relationships and sex issues becomes noticeable to classmate Maeve Wiley (Emma Mackey), the duo begin a business where students pay them for sex advice.

Season two continues just where the first season left off. With many stories left unanswered, cliffhangers were quickly resolved, and the new season begins to take on new issues. Most prominently in the first episode, a herpes scare leaves the entire school community in chaos and uncertainty. A season opening plot like this was handled gracefully and informatively, giving the audience a humorous look on a controversial issue.

This leads me to my next point about how the show not only accurately depicts sex and relationships in high school, but also sprinkles in humor. The show is hilarious, and I usually never laugh out loud when I watch TV. While the content is mature and graphic, the show is meant for a certain audience that will appreciate the dark humor.

Additionally, the information the show is depicting is all credible and truthful. Accuracy when tackling issues like contraception is important when your audience is mainly teenagers who might also be curious about these issues. The show offers a safe platform for viewers which is the best thing to come out of a show of this nature.

While it’s important to note that the plot is fiction and somewhat far-fetched, all the information about sex issues is accurate. In both seasons of the program, issues such as sexuality, STIs, and birth control are covered. As I watched, I felt like I was learning more than I ever learned in health class.

Not only is the story charming, the acting is phenomenal. Similar to last season, Butterfield and Mackey shined in their roles, and made me fall more in love with their characters. Additionally, Aimee Lou Wood shined this season in her role as Aimee Gibbs. As her character comes to terms with getting sexually harassed on a public bus, the raw emotion and vulnerability accompanied with such an experience is acted out perfectly.

If you’ve never watched “Sex Education,” I urge you to tune in. Not only is it an important show for teenagers to watch because of the topics discussed, but it also never fails to make me laugh.