IMDb Rating: 7.7/10
TV-MA | 1h 0min | Drama, Mystery | TV Series
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 30% Rotten
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Creator: Brian Yorkey
Writers: Jay Asher, Brian Yorkey, Julia Bicknell
Stars: Dylan Minnette, Christian Navarro, Alisha Boe
IMDb summary: Follows teenager Clay Jensen, in his quest to uncover the story behind his classmate and crush, Hannah, and her decision to end her life.
This was reviewed by Jeremy
13 Reasons Why is a show that is built primarily on hype. The first season was strong, the second was good, and the third was okay. The fourth season is well, how can I put this … Was it really even needed?
In our first podcast, I mentioned how this is one show I’m hyped for. I’m a completist, I love to finish things. I like to put a tick in the box in my mind knowing I completed something, and that’s why I needed to watch this season.
There were quite a few things that I didn’t enjoy from season four. The subplot that follows Tyler being a school shooter from the previous season was one of these things. With Tony, Charlie and Clay trying to find out what was happening with him, it just seemed forced. However, the exchange between Tyler and Estella was very heartfelt and sad.
The sub plots all about Clay was way too “fight club” for me to enjoy. It seemed like the writers had lost inspiration and had to find it elsewhere like, from a popular movie instead of writing something interesting and original for Clay.
The college football team being behind Monty was just a joke. How anyone could see beyond a person who was a rapist, and a sadist makes no sense to me. It just didn’t feel right to include this.
I also didn’t appreciate how Hannah, who was the reason for this entire story being told to begin with, was silenced. Yet two other characters in similar situations were constantly harassing Clay. Hannah was the person who started this journey. Why couldn’t they have respected that a little more?
And the big reveal half-way through about a major character just shook me to the core with disappointment. Did they really have to go that way? There was a minor part of me that felt so bad for this character and their interactions with Clay were very emotional. And that was fine because that was at least something that made sense to me.
I’m on the fence about so much of this season. Was it even necessary to have a fourth season? I am asking myself this again. While it provided an acceptable way to close off the mystery behind Bryce’s killer, it also didn’t seem as crucial to the telling of the story as previous seasons.
I think the negatives far outweigh the positives and I’m just glad I could tick that box off in my head and finally put this TV show to rest.
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