Netflix's Sex Education Season 2 Review - Reel Advice Movie Reviews

Friday, January 10, 2020

Netflix's Sex Education Season 2 Review

One of our biggest surprises last year, "Sex Education" is coming back for a second season. And the end result is more of the same humor, hijinx, issues, and mayhem that made the first season so good and so distinct from your typical coming-of-age romp. Not only that this second dip into the lives of the students of Moordale Secondary School is even better.
In the first season, Otis and his friend Maeve Wiley set-up a sex clinic at school to capitalize on his intuitive talent for sex advice. In the second season, late bloomer Otis must master his newly discovered sexual urges in order to progress with his girlfriend Ola whilst also dealing with his now strained relationship with Maeve.
Rarely does a product one-up its predecessor especially if that first salvo was already a great experience to begin with. But "Sex Education" felt a lot more complete and a lot more complex in its second season. It could be traced in the fact that the actual sex counseling takes a back seat as the show focuses more on intimacy and actual love. There's the occasional fetish or sexual conundrum but it doesn't really dictate how a whole episode develops. The season also explores gender sexuality, harrassment, and even mental health. Like previously, the eight episode cap still felt constricting. At times, the overall narrative felt a bit rushed with major issues and action points being scrubbed off as if nothing happened or without much repercussion by the time an episode ends. As anticipated, one of the stronger points for the second season were its humor and acting. The humor still had us rolling and laughing and the quirky vibe just made every episode have an extra pizzaz to it. The acting was as solid as before as major actors are able to make each conflict feel authentic and real. Overall, "Sex Education" makes another solid attempt and easily one of our favorite and memorable Netflix releases ever.
Rating: 4 and a half reels




Why you should watch it:
- feels a whole lot deeper and complex than the first season
- same great humor and acting that made the first season great

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- the narrative felt rushed at times


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