You might have heard, but there are a lot of problems with the ill-advised second season of Thirteen Reasons Why. Now, let it not go unsaid that the first season had some serious issues. I am in no way disputing that. But I would argue that it got a lot of things right, and approached difficult issues in a way I had not seen done before. It also had a decent soundtrack, was well put together and well paced, featured stellar performances, assisted by snappy enough dialogue. In short, it was, if nothing else, entertaining.
Season Two, which (very obviously) has no source material to work from, as the first series encompassed the entirety of the plot Jay Asher’s novel, is anything but. Directionless, miserable, repetitive, irresponsible, gratuitous and grim, are just some of the adjectives that have been thrown its way since it aired on Netflix several weeks ago. Struggling to articulate all of my problems with the second season, just as I struggled to watch to the end of the season itself (don’t bother), I was shown a video which succeeded in explaining, concisely, engagingly and amusingly, all the very real problems with it.
So, this YouTube channel may be called ‘I Hate Everything’, and be dedicated to complaining, but this sort of researched, well articulated, merited complaining is something I can definitely get on board with, especially when it is related to something I also dislike and enjoy complaining about. So without further ado, here is a very good summation of what Season Two does wrong, while acknowledging what it gets right.
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