Damson - What we're watching #22
If like us, you absolutely adored season one of Netflix's Sex Education, you will have been ridiculously excited for Season one, all of which was put on the streaming platform a few weeks back.
Just like the first season, this isn't for kids. Or for the faint-hearted.
The opening sequence of the first episode makes that pretty apparent, with our lead character Otis struggling to contain his "self-love" urges. Yes, masturbation jokes have been used in comedy for years and years, but it doesn't make them any less amusing.
This sets the tone for the whole series really. Fast, furious and more than a little bit filthy.
All of our favourite characters are gradually re-introduced as the episodes go on, with the introduction of quite a few new faces. One criticism we have read of season two is that there are now almost too many characters to focus on. We didn't see this as being a problem, especially when the newbies added so much to the story. It's not just the new additions though. Some bit-part players from season one have meatier, fleshed-out roles too this time around.
Otis' Mother Jean (played by the always incredible Gillian Anderson) takes on a much more prominent role, and the show is better for it. Larger parts are also given to Ola, Aimee and Lily. Lily especially gets even weirder and funnier this time around, with her fetish for alien erotica playing a huge role in the series culmination. Honestly, you will have NEVER seen a scene like it. It's surely going to go down as one of the strangest yet hilarious set-pieces in recent TV history.
While the main protagonists are Otis and Maeve again, but to be honest we found ourselves more drawn towards the secondary characters, Eric and Adam. Poor Adam (Connor Swindells) ended season one shipped off to military school by his hateful Father, and we pick up right where we left off. Eric's storyline takes a little longer to take off, but when it does, it's incredibly moving. The way his and Adam's storylines converge is brilliant. It's hard to believe that season one was Ncuti Gatwa's (Who plays Eric's) first major role. What a find for Laurie Nunn, the series creator.
While we have our favourites, let's be clear that every single performance is bloody wonderful. The script doesn't just play sex for laughs, which would be easy to do, but treats the search for intimacy and acceptance seriously.
Season one was fantastic, but Season two of Sex Education is funnier, raunchier and more inclusive than before. We can't stress enough, that everyone needs to watch this. And then watch it again. And again.
One of the most original, brave and downright incredible original series of recent times, by a long way.
Season three will no doubt prove to be just as popular and just as brilliant as the first two.
February 14, 2020