13 Reasons Why is amazingly well-done television. If you haven’t watched it yet, please take the time to watch the chilling, thought-provoking, emotional 13 episodes of this Netflix series. Seriously, go in with no expectations. Don’t read anything else about the show, just dive in. You won’t regret it. No matter what type of shows you gravitate toward, this show is for you. It is too good not to be seen by everyone.
Now for those of you who have seen this masterpiece, let’s break down the first season. Emotional, right? How could it not be? I ugly cried during the 11th episode, Clay’s tape. We’ve seen this all though Clay’s eyes so it wasn’t hard to feel his pain as he heard his own tape and heard what Hannah felt in her own her words and her voice. Episode 13 got me too as Clay described Hanna’s last day to Mr. Porter.
The characters are phenomenal as well. Sure, some could be considered high school stereotypes but isn’t that the point? In a way isn’t Liberty High all of our high schools? In this vast group of people, we can all see ourselves in one of them. Unfortunately we all went to school with a Bryce and a Justin and a Jessica. Hell, some of you were those people. I’ve been out of high school for over a decade but it still hits home. And, as Hannah showed us, even the good guys aren’t always so good. We can all miss the signs and affect people when we don’t even know we’re doing it, good or bad.
In addition to great story-telling, it was visually appealing. I’m a writer so when I watch shows, characters and story lines are what draw me in, and what I appreciate most but the visuals on this show didn’t escape me. As Clay listened to the tapes, he found himself riding his bike to the places Hannah was speaking of. The side by side shots of Hannah in the past and Clay in the present were perfection.
As well-done as it is, there are a few things I’m still left wondering, and not in a cliffhanger sort of way. I still don’t understand how Tony fits into all of this. His relationship with Hannah is still a mystery to me. We have yet to see the extent of how well they knew each other and why he was the one she trusted with the tapes. Same thing goes for Skye. We know only a little about her, which I was fine with until her name showed up on Hannah’s paper. How does she fit into Hannah’s story?
I went into this showing knowing a second season would be happening and based on what I knew of the plot, I can tell you I was confused through the first 12 episodes as to why a second season would be necessary. After episode 13 though, I crave it. This first season was Hannah’s story, but we still got to know a lot of characters and there is a lot left to be told. Repercussions for everyone are yet to be seen. Will Alex be okay after his gun shot wound? What will happen to Bryce after things come out? What about Mr. Porter? I mean really, what happens to all 12 of the people on the tapes and Hanna’s parents. I’m guessing you’re wondering the same things. I guess we’ll find out soon enough.