So Sex Education returned for a season 2 and many of its fans aren’t really psyched about its ending. There were lots of amazing moments and shitty ones too. its quite a ride on a roller coaster.
So many great relationship moments this season.
Loved Jackson and Viv, also Jackson’s 2 mums and his rejection of swimming — They both made up after Viv intervened by telling his moms about his self harm. The friendship between these two has been heartwarming; they were two unlikely buds from separate parts of the school, and their embrace at the end gives me all kinds of feels.
Maeve and Mom – It was quite obvious that this would eventually happen. It really seemed like Erin was going to get on the straight-and-narrow, but it takes just one relapse for Maeve to report her mom for child endangerment.
Maeve is such a compelling character; her hard exterior is fortified by years of neglect and abandonment. Emma Mackey plays these scenes beautifully with her heavy eyes and subtly-quivering lips. Her mom’s breakdown when authorities arrive is brutal. Erin feels betrayed, but considering Maeve’s past, can we blame her?
All the Good Things and the Bad Things That May Be – Bonus Bits
• Roxy Music’s “Love Is the Drug” is such a banger.
• Jackson begins actively helping Viv try to win over her crush, but Viv is too smart not to call him out for a key element of their dynamic. “Guys like you never see girls like me” is the sort of heartfelt honest line that makes characters like Viv real and human — and thus the sort of line that numbers among the show’s most important. Very much rooting for Viv getting literally whatever the hell she wants.
• Meanwhile, Adam struggling with who he wants to masturbate over while looking at his video game poster might be one of the show’s most on-the-nose moments, and that’s saying a lot.
• Aimee is still processing her trauma, and it is getting harder and harder to watch her put on a brave face.
• This episode includes a nice layer of how deep and true Eric and Otis’s friendship is; it’s been through its trials, but it might be the most important relationship of the entire show, on balance. (That said, I would watch an entire show devoted to Eric and Jean doing … well, literally anything.)
* This advice from Adam’s mom: “You have to let the people you love know that you love them even if it causes you a great deal of pain.” When he asks why, she responds, “Because you’re alive.” We can all learn a thing or two from Maureen.
* Eric tells Rahim, “People that hate musicals have no soul!” Agree or disagree?
* Aimee’s sexual assault was a tough story to watch, but an important one to tell. The scene with her friends surprising her at the bus stop was a touching end to her painful experience (“It’s just a stupid bus.”). Everyone deserves friends that supportive.
* Drunk Otis!`
Isaac! Nice that they used a disabled actor, and he did a fantastic job – I hated Isaac!! That guy can be a really big douche when he wants to. And he kinda knows how to piss you off!
I’m still not convinced Adam is at all good enough for the wonderful Eric.
Gillian Anderson (Otis mom) was fab this season. So good to see more of her. Loved her friendship with the head’s wife.
Samantha Spiro is a brilliant and hilarious actress. Come to think of it, a good show case for slightly older but great actresses – Anderson, Spiro, the wonderful Ann-Marie Duff, think I spotted Susan Lynch too. However, a pregnancy for Jean? Meh…
Asa Butterfield as Otis is in many ways the least interesting characters. He is good, but just not as compelling as the women and men around him. Enjoyed the wacky Romeo and Juliet
Otis heads to Meave’s to spill his heart after a season full of missed connections, but she’s not home. He tells her new friend Isaac to have her check her messages. In a voicemail, he tells her how proud of her he is and how stupid he’s been. “I was so caught up in trying to do the right thing, I lost track of what that actually is… It’s always been you. I love you, Maeve.” And with that, Isaac hits “Delete” and immediately crushes Sex Education fans worldwide. “Maevis” will have to wait until Season 3.
How a series can be as outrageous about sex but as warm hearted, is a bit of a miracle! Even better than S1 🙂