‘Sex Education’ pulls off enjoyable second season

Netflix original shines in season two

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Fair use from Netflix: Aimme Gibbs (Aimme Lou Wood) and Maeve Wiley (Emma Mackey) talking to the police about sexual misconduct. Season 2 of "Sex Education" goes more in-depth on Aimme Gibbs and her struggles.

Izzy Kanne

After the season one finale of “Sex Education,” I had a lot of questions that needed answers. When I saw that a second season was available on Netflix, I dove into binge it head first and came out completely fulfilled. 

I found the first season of “Sex Education” extremely enjoyable. The content was humorously edgy and I felt a genuine connection to a lot of the characters. I was especially drawn to the primary female character, Maeve (Emma Mackey) and her development in season two warmed my heart. The primary male character, Otis (Asa Butterfield) was a more realistic character this season. It seemed that in season one Otis was too likeable, he tried too hard to be a nice guy, but season two gave him a more balanced personality. I simultaneously loved and hated Otis in a lot of the episodes, making the conclusion more satisfying. 

Arguably the best character, Eric, played by Ncuti Gatwa, had an amazing character arc this season. Season one left me feeling sad for Eric, but season two redeemed those feelings by giving Eric his very own awkward teenage romance. 

Every episode focuses on the main characters, while also adding in stories of background characters for comedic relief, which held my attention throughout the season. Instead of becoming bored with the same storylines, I was excited for each episode and every new short story. 

While the variety of characters kept the show refreshing, it was also a little tricky to keep track of everything that was going on. The show was so cluttered with stories recapping every actor’s performance or character development would be long and dull. I enjoyed watching them play out, but also found myself forgetting an entire character’s existence until the show circled back to them. 

Overall, the second season of “Sex Education” lived up to my expectations. It pulled my heartstrings in every episode, evoking a lot of emotions for many characters. The end left me hungry for more once again and impatiently waiting for the third season. 

 

“Sex Education”: ★★★★☆