“No matter how matter reasons there are, there are always more reasons why not.”
13 Reasons Why came back on May 18th, 2018 and caused ripples in the fabric of the internet as far as the eye could see. The show is intended for mature audiences. It received a lot of mixed reviews from critics as well as audiences. Its content while does try to inherently drive home a good message, seems to fall a bit short.
Season 1 revolved around Hannah’s suicide and the tapes she left behind incarcerating 13 people for her decision to kill herself. The world saw how teens were treated in high schools, and how they really didn’t have much of choice when it came to navigating their way through life. We watched as acts of indifference or bullying or assault or cruelty caused students of Liberty High to fall apart or embody that cruelty themselves. While season 1 seems to end on a note of closure, we soon see, that that was not the case. The writers have still not finished telling the story.
People perceive situations in different ways. In season 2 we see that Hannah’s mom blames the school for not taking better care of their students. There is quite a brutal lawsuit in motion that brings to light events that were hushed before. The court case gets a large following quite quickly and turns violent even faster with vandalism and threats to evidence-bearers.
The story unfolds and we watch as the treatment of girls at Liberty High goes from bad to worse. The corrupted culture at the school compromised on the integrity of the young girls and staff never seems to step in. A particular dialogue from a character named Sheri hits home –
“Clay, you don’t know what was happening in this photo and you don’t know what happened after. Girls don’t just get themselves into bad situations. Guys make the situations bad. You don’t know what that feels like, to be a girl in that room.”
That’s not to say that the treatment of the boys is any better. With bullying at extreme levels and feats of abominable nature performed under utter silence, the meaning of humanity is redefined. We lose hope, in our own generation.
Although the premise of season 2 was great, it felt like the show drags on forever and moves forward at snail’s pace. It is very anticlimactic and the issues dealt with feel trivialised at points. Nevertheless 13 Reasons Why does shed light on some of the delicate topics that are still taboo. It also shows our school systems’ appalling indifference to students’ lives and builds on the idea that is a money-minting business above everything else.