13 Reasons Why S4
IMDb rating: 7.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 52%
When Season 1 came out in 2017, 13 Reasons Why was a standout drama for its shocking depiction of teen bullying and its dreadful consequences. Graphic rape scenes and other mature content drew concerns from mental healthcare professionals, and Netflix added warnings at the beginning of each episode.
In July 2019, Netflix edited out the suicide scene in the first season’s final episode. It probably had its reasons, but the reality of what adolescents endure should not be watered down or sugar-coated but, rather, addressed in a frank and honest manner.
Turning a cold, hard gaze at these issues made 13 Reasons Why compelling and chilling viewing; in the first season, that is.
Season 2, with a companion piece in which cast members talked about the show’s topics and provided a support website for anyone suffering from mental issues, anxiety and/or depression, expanded the story but failed to find solid ground with critics, and drew mixed reviews at best from audiences.
Season 3 turned out to be a rather run-of-the-mill high school murder mystery, with cinematography providing the edginess.
It was set eight months after the end of Season 2 with Clay (Dylan Minnette) and his friends battling to deal with a cover-up of the attempted mass shooting at the school dance. As if the students at Liberty High haven’t been through enough, tensions build until they erupt in the death of one of their own, and the exposure of even more dark and dirty secrets.
The final season has just landed, and it sees the Liberty High School’s Senior Class preparing for graduation. But they’ve got a dangerous secret to keep and are forced to face some impossible choices that will change the course of their lives forever.
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