The teens from Sex Education are back for a brand new season of the Netflix drama and they are bringing back the painful memories of our adolescence in a more authentic way than ever.
High school, sex, badly-timed erections, relationships, fighting with your parents, navigating and coming to terms with your sexual orientation… it’s all there in the new season of Sex Education as we join our friends Otis, Eric, Maeve, Adam, Jackson and co. on their attempts to navigate the terrifying reality of being hormonal teens.
If you missed out on Season One, Sex Education is a British teen comedy-drama, following the high school experience of Otis Milburn, played by Asa Butterfield (The boy in the striped pajamas), and his classmates at Moordale High. Like all teenagers, they’re confused by the complications of adolescence and the hormone-fueled struggles that come with it. Otis’ mom, Jean (Gillian Anderson from The X-Files), is a renowned sex therapist and Otis has learned a thing or two from her over the years.
Otis strikes up a friendship with Eric (Ncuti Gatwa), a gay teen that is frequently bullied, and takes on an “invisible” status, much to Eric’s dismay, due to his desire to be popular. Then, in a happy coincidence, new boy Otis comes out of his shell when he gives out advice to his confused peers.
Maeve (Emma Mackey), the attractive, outcast from the trailer park that seems to always be on the verge of expulsion, takes note of Otis’ special skills and spots an opportunity to make some money. The official sex education classes at Milburn are not helping the kids at all and cannot answer their awkward questions. So Maeve helps Otis organise unofficial psychology sessions in the bathrooms and they both walk away with some tidy profits.
Outside of the primary storyline, we follow the lives of other students who have to deal with every possible teenage dillemma you can deal with. We all remember exactly how difficult it can be to live through this stage of life, and Sex Education Season 1 did so well that Netflix announced that it had over 40 million viewers within the first months of its release, while it scored 91% on Rotten Tomatoes. If you haven’t watched Season one, I highly recommend you go check it out. I guarantee it will be worth it.
In Season two, we pick up where we left off. Otis has just discovered the pleasurable act of masturbation and almost incapable of stopping himself from finding a private spot to do it again and again and again, every five seconds. Eric, still upset and confused about Adam’s departure to military school, develops a crush on the new French student, Rahim. Maeve, who’s working at a pretzel shop, is paid a surprise visit. Jackson, still working hard on his swimming training, gets into an accident. Meanwhile, our favourite sex therapist mom, Jean, is now in a relationship with the hunky handyman Jakob, much to his daughter and Otis’ girlfriend, Ola and our protagonist’s dismay…
What follows is more of the compelling drama, hilarious gaffs and just plain awkwardness that captivated us in season one. This coming-of-age series seems to only get better and even makes me feel like my teen years weren’t even that bad. What’s more is that you get so invested in the character’s stories that every time somebody fights or gets hurt, you genuinely feel their pain. They capture everything it means to be a teenager with such compelling writing and acting, that you feel like it’s happening to you. If you’re looking for something that can make you laugh, cringe and cry, Sex Education is perfect for you. The only drawback is that, now that season two is over, waiting for season three is going to be pure torture.
Essential Millennial rating: 5 out of 5 avocados