Plot: Following the suicide of Hannah Baker, the rest of Liberty High are still struggling with the role they played in her life. Clay struggles to let go and the rest of his friends deal with life after Hannah.
Created By: Brian Yorkey
Starring: Katherine Langford, Dylan Minnette, Alisha Boe, Christian Navarro, Brandon Flynn, Miles Heizer, Justin Prentice, Ross Butler, Tommy Dorfman, Devin Druid, Kate Walsh.
Before you read this I want to say that all that is said in this post is my opinion and I understand that not everyone will agree with me so I’d appreciate it if you do disagree, to be kind in explaining your reasons why. This show depicts difficult topics and we have to be sensitive and I feel a lot of people have strong views about this show.
Post contains spoilers
The first half of the season is extremely slow. The opening episode is probably the worst opening episode I’ve ever seen. The season didn’t get good until about episode eight. I have a lot to pick at with the show. The first being the voice over’s. It was kind of cool that each episode was narrated by each character however, some of their voices didn’t work well. It took away from what was happening because they couldn’t narrate. One of the things that worked well with the first season was Hannah narrating. I feel if she’d have narrated this season it would have been better. It would have been as if she was looking down on them all.
Nobody cares in this show. The teachers, the parents. The parents in this show are so oblivious. The flashbacks that showed scenes of Hannah and her mum before she took her life, showed how oblivious her mum was. She said so many wrongs without thinking and overlooked many things in Hannah’s life. Her mum should have paid more interest.
During this season, Hannah’s mum is suing the school for neglect and failure to report Hannah’s troubles. However, I feel she never really saw herself to blame. I don’t think she’s entirely to blame but I do think she needs to stop putting it all on the school. Everyone played a part, everyone is to blame in part. The mum was quite annoying throughout this season.
Clay and Skye embarking on a relationship was very expected but very forced. It didn’t feel legit. I think they landed with each other because Clay couldn’t fix Hannah so he’s looking to her to try and fix her. He can’t fix everyone so I found this quite troubling. Skye was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and that was one of the most realistic storylines during this season.
Clay talking with and seeing Hannah felt very realistic. I liked that storyline but it also made me sad. I feel like nobody ever looks out for Clay or asks if he’s okay. He lost his first love and he’s not dealing with it, it was a long journey but I enjoyed this part of the journey.
I loved the way Clay’s and Justin’s relationship developed. I do love Justin which is a bit controversial after the part he played in Jessica’s rape. However, he’s hard to hate. He really did stand up and do what is right and I really admire him for some of the decisions he made in order to help Jessica. Even though Jess is supposed to be seeing Alex, and as much as I like Alex, I’m so glad she got together with Justin. I was really rooting for them both throughout the season. I think they’re better suited. I think I waited 13 episodes just for that scene to happen, it made me very happy.
Justin’s heroin storyline I didn’t like. It didn’t feel realistic. Also, the majority of people know about it so why is nobody helping him? Clay tried his best but he’s a teenager, why didn’t his parents do more? Addicts lie and Justin is pretending he is clean and everyone is so oblivious to it. I hate this storyline for him, it’s very dark and felt very sudden and forced.
I’m glad Clay’s parents eventually adopted Justin, I saw that coming from quite early on. A lot of relationships progressed for the better during this season. I loved the way everyone came together to support Jess through her rape trial. I love the way they all stood together to fight for whats right. They were like a real family.
The fight scene between the good guys and the bad guys was great. I love how the school does nothing about it though. Loads of students got into a fight and they didn’t expel them. There’s a rapist at their school and he isn’t expelled. Is the school actually doing anything?
There are no wins and that’s what I struggle with the most. In a show this dark there needs to be a win, even if it’s small. It’s just one thing after another. It gets darker and darker. There’s no slither of hope, not even when the finale rolls the credits. Everything is just dull and bleak. The writing this season was awful and really frustrating. Nothing good happened.
The trial with the school concludes with a non-guilty verdict which I didn’t mind too much. The school are to blame for a lot but they’re not solely to be blamed. The rape trial was so frustrating. There is no justice with anything in this show and I know that in the real world justice isn’t always served but this show needed to give us something. Like I’ve said, it’s one bad thing after another, these characters can’t catch a break. There’s never any answers for anything that happens in the show, it’s frustration after frustration.
Now I’m going to discuss the finale which is the hardest episode of the season. Potentially the hardest episode you will ever see. Let’s discuss the light stuff first. When Clay got the semicolon tattooed on his wrist, it was my favourite scene of the season. A semicolon is used when a sentence could have ended but didn’t. It symbolises those who have had suicidal thoughts but has overcome them. It’s a powerful thing and it moved me. I welled up because I thought it was a brilliant touch.
Another of my favourite scenes came at the dance at the end, when everyone came together to hug Clay in the middle of the dance floor when his and Hannah’s song came on. That was beautiful. It was a light moment in the middle of some very intense things that were happening elsewhere.
Tyler. Bless him. I’ve never liked him and then I hated every bad thought I had about him, when the bathroom scene happened. If you thought the bathroom scene at the end of season one where Hannah killed herself was hard, you ain’t seen nothing yet. This scene involved a very brutal assault. Monty pushed Tylers head into the toilet and got his friends to hold him there, whilst he did something despicable to Tyler. Tyler’s pants were pulled down and he was violated in the most shocking and brutal way. Monty proceeded to rape Tyler with a mop handle. It was harrowing to watch. I was angry. I was reduced to tears. It was the hardest thing I have ever seen and I never want to see anything like it again. I know that the show advises you at the start but I didn’t think it was going to be this dark. It was too much. I wanted to turn my screen off and not watch anymore. In fact, if it is renewed for a third season I don’t know if I can watch it.
I do believe the show took it too far. The reasons why Tyler was attacked like that was just silly and they weren’t reasons. The reasons he was attacked also involved Cyrus so why wasn’t he attacked too? This is what annoys me, the show just wanted to shock everyone, which it did but I think they’ve lost what was so unique about the show in the first place. What annoys me the most is if Tyler goes to the police, the culprits will just get away with it. Everyone gets away with everything in this show and I’m not prepared to do the same song and dance again. We haven’t had any justice for anything yet.
This violent scene then leads to Tyler preparing to shoot pupils in the school which was hinted at in the season one finale. At this point, I didn’t care what happened. The whole assault scene just ruined the rest of the episode because I found it hard to focus. I don’t know how I’m going to sleep now, I still feel sick. The finale ended with Clay holding the gun and the police about to arrive. I have no idea how he’s going to get out of this one or where these characters are going to go from here, especially Tyler.
I’m really angry with the producers and writers. It feels like they’ve decided to think of the worst possible things for these characters to go through and given each and every one of them something. It’s starting to feel very unrealistic to me and that was the beauty of season one. The tapes weren’t realistic but a lot of what Hannah went through was and it was relatable for many people.
I feel the show has ruined everything that was good about season one. They should have left it as a stand-alone season. It was nowhere near as good. Season one was just executed so well and season two felt like a sloppy mess. I’m disappointed and I feel let down. I also feel exhausted as it’s incredibly tough to watch. I cried a lot for Tyler. Just before sitting down to write this blog, I cried again because things like this do happen in the real world and it’s obviously devastating. It’s shocking and it really did scare me and if that’s what they wanted to do to their audience, then they achieved with me.