Netflix’s 13 Reasons Whyis currently one of the most argued-about TV shows. On the one hand are parents, teachers, and mental health professionals who advise teens against watching it; on the other hand are fans and admirers – mostly of school age, who strongly relate to the protagonist Hannah Baker – a victim of casual sexism, rape culture, misogyny and suicide.
The second season was released on Netflix on May 18. It picks up immediately after the events of the last series. Hannah’s mother prepares for a long court battle against her daughter’s school Liberty High. In each new episode, a different character takes the stand and we learn a new side to the story. Meanwhile, Hannah’s closest friend Clay has a new girlfriend and seems happy, but his happiness comes to a stop when he is called to testify. This season brings court room drama to the high school setting, which is a great change from the first season’s restrictive format.
The merit of the series lies in the fact that it is not just a story about a girl’s suicide but the prevalent problems with society. It shines a light on the different issues young people have to deal with everyday.