The second season of Netflix's popular series "13 Reasons Why" based on the book of the same name, premiered last week.
Season 2 currently has a 29% score on Rotten Tomatoes (with 20 rotten and 8 fresh, Average Rating 5.56/10) . The first season was controversial because for some people it glamorizes suicide and for the depiction of mental illness, abuse, rape, and the graphic scenes, but even with all of those complains it still managed to get 80% score on RT.
The difference between season 1 and season 2 seems to be that season 2, on top of having scenes that only seem to exist for shock value, doesn't pull enough from the source material and loses the narrative structure, also some fans have complained about how they retconned the story from season 1.
Furthermore, the actual content of "13 Reasons Why" is still unsettling for many. A media watchdog group has requested that Netflix pull the series because of its content. And season 2 fails to address a dangerous problem, in that Hannah — the character who took her own life in season 1 — is still a prominent character in the second season.
In general season 2 tried to use the same formula from season 1, controversial topics and scenes but without the engaging storyline that the general public and critics liked from season 1.
This is what some critics said about the show:
Joshua Rivera, Rolling Stone.
"Watch enough of 13 Reasons Why and you'll find that it's fond of a very particular type of realism – the kind where characters find some emotional catharsis, but the actual conclusion of their story is bleak, because in the real world good guys don't always win and bad guys don't always get what they deserve. It's a shallow play at nuance, a way to give the show a sense of gravity without really earning it – because while its creators stress how this show talks about the issues, they also made a pulpy-as-hell mystery full of sex and guns and teen conspiracy. So even if Netflix's hit teen drama is sincere and wants to get people talking, it's also a show that can't hide the fact that it wants them to watch the next episode even more. "
Kelly Lawler, USA Today.
"The new season tries to make a point about rape culture, slut shaming and sexual harassment, but its depiction of these complex topics has all the subtlety of a sledge hammer."
Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter:
"The second season of Netflix's teen suicide drama is a frustratingly unnecessary mess of bad courtroom antics, stale mysteries and clumsy efforts to bring back Katherine Langford"
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