When you’ve managed to sit through three seasons of 13 factors, the worst is for you. The season is comparatively better, though it’s all style and no substance.
You can imagine the basic plot and the climax of the teen drama by merely taking a peek at a few of the year’s episode names – Winter Break, College Tour, Valentine’s Day, Senior Camping Trip, College Interview, Acceptance/Rejection, Prom and Graduation.
Observing the template laid down, the authors kill a character this time too. The suspense is that this season opens with a funeral without revealing who died. From here, the story shifts to six months earlier.
What handles it loosely, and initially revolves around teenagers helping a buddy cover up a murder ventures into other issues. Topics like feminism, teen suicides, bullying, what punishment rapists deserve, addiction, and school system are touched upon. An episode centered on school shootings in the united states is the nearest the makers get to demonstrating the anxiety and raw emotions of pupils at such times.
In between, we get sequences that are engaging thanks to the editing and the deceptive storyline of Clay Jensen as he deals with his injury. The backstory and tragedies of Justin Foley, one of those characters, make for subjective opinion.
Most other primary characters from the seasons are horizontal. Take, for example. We see him navigating through its injury. He is figuring out his sexuality. The story voice Ani Achola, of Season 3 is shelved this season. I never truly knew that I couldn’t care and why Jensen and Ani started dating in the first place.
The storylines of both Zack Dempsey, Tyler, Jessica, and Tony Padilla also fail to hit a chord. Agreed, this is a drama made for younger viewers. Nonetheless, it is still disappointing to watch a series that suggests it plans to’raise discussions’ not advocate any solutions that are real. It is mostly fixated on the issues without giving a complete account of those.
Among the hardly any cases where the show steers towards some other story is during Jensen’s treatment sessions. However, this soon turns into outbursts and repetitive rants that add to our frustration. The preferences and performances continue to impress.
While the first season raised eyebrows, all the subsequent seasons are somewhat forgettable and stretched. Unlike previous seasons with 13 episodes each, this last season has just ten (all almost an hour-long), but it still manages to push one’s patience to the limits.
This season gave me yet another drama streaming on Netflix, a renewed appreciation for Riverdale, frequently compared to 13 Reasons. Riverdale, an unabashed adolescent soap and its intentions stick together. Despite its claims, it is all over the area and drops shorts of even being a soap.