‘Sex Education’: a contribution to fantasy television with a sex comedy | New university
Netflix’s British teen sex drama “Sex Education” is back with another awesome season. Created by Laurie Nunn, Season 3 continues to explore its eclectic set of adolescent and adult characters all seeking answers to their personal dilemmas. The show addresses the struggles of adolescence and adulthood, occupying a special place in the hearts of millions of viewers who can easily relate to one of the stellar characters.
Season 3 opens with a typical montage of some of the characters having sex with their significant other – a scene that screams to its die-hard fans, welcome back! Unlike other TV shows that glorify sex, “Sex Education” doesn’t hold back when it comes to displaying the good, the bad and the ugly about sex. The term “censorship” seems to have lost its place in the vocabulary of the series, but in the best possible way.
Otis (Asa Butterfield) returns as a goofy yet empathetic protagonist starting to explore sex. Following her fling with Ruby (Mimi Keene), this season explores their relationship status amid Otis’ lingering feelings for Maeve (Emma Mackey) and Ruby’s romantic feelings for Otis. Meanwhile, Maeve grapples with guilt after calling the cops on her mother for her raging addiction, which has led her sister Elsie to be placed in foster care. Due to her enforced independence from a young age, Maeve finds it difficult to ask for and accept help despite an urgent need.
Fan-favorite couples are also making their return to the big screen. Ola (Patricia Allison) and Lily (Tanya Reynolds) go through a rough time when Lily’s obsession with alien fantasy affects their sexual intimacy. As Aimee (Aimee Lou Wood) seeks therapy after her sexual assault, she begins to distance herself from her boyfriend Steve (Chris Jenks) in order to discover herself as an individual, only to realize that she is. happier without him. The special yet electrifying relationship between Eric (Ncuti Gatwa) and Adam (Connor Swindells) continues to blossom. However, Eric begins to feel estranged from his heritage as Adam struggles to embrace his identity as a gay; both are critical obstacles that can make or break their relationship. This season also introduces new queer characters to its brilliant cast, like non-binary student Cal (Dua Saleh), who befriends Jackson (Kedar Williams-Stirling).
Meanwhile, Otis’ mother Dr Jean (Gillian Anderson) is going through a geriatric pregnancy as she is expecting a child with Ola’s father Jakob (Mikael Persbrandt). They try to form their own blended family but quickly discover the myriad challenges that stand in front of them.
At the same time, Adam’s father, Principal Groff (Alistair Petrie), is grappling with a midlife crisis brought on by his ongoing divorce. Following his failure to prevent an alien-themed musical “Romeo and Juliet” in the previous season’s finale, Director Groff was ordered to take time off work. This has given way to Hope (Jemima Kirke), who is described as a villain, to replace him in the new season as the new director. As she sets tough and controversial rules to redeem Moordale Secondary from its “school of sex” status, Otis and other students fight back, which serves as the main plot for the new season.
While there are other TV shows that feature typical adolescent struggles, “Sex Education” stands out from all of them with its sex comedy, which is a difficult concept to present to the young masses without feelings of retreat, disgust and of embarrassment. “Sex Education” manages to avoid these feelings by treating its teenage characters with a degree of respect and maturity, which allows them to grow on the big screen. While the show itself places a heavy emphasis on the flaws and insecurities of its characters, it refrains from criticizing them and allows them to make mistakes and act in order to teach audiences that it is. which makes us human.
While each character in “Sex Education” embodies a commonly used adolescent stereotype, the portrayal of them as complex and vulnerable individuals in the series further deconstructs the notion of a perfect person with a perfect life. Instead of respecting the so-called ‘happiness forever’ ending, ‘Sex Education’ reframe this narrative by presenting its characters as people who all live in a chaotic and messy, yet realistic lifestyle – something that resonates with teenagers. and adults all. around the world.
Above all, the heart of the series lies in the relationships formed between its characters. Instead of shrouding the intricacies of a relationship, “sex education” recognizes and exposes the imperfections and frustrations that each individual may face, regardless of what type of relationship they find themselves in. In a sense, sex itself brings people together in unexpected ways. manners. As seen in Season 3, the entire student body unites to defeat Headmistress Hope’s reign by being proud of her status as a “school of sex” that preaches to normalize sex.
The concept of sex has always been viewed as taboo in many cultures, which makes it puzzling as to when and how to present it to young adults in a correct and appropriate manner. “Sex Education” suggests that this introduction should take place in school as children go through puberty so that they can learn to make safe and healthy choices.
As team leader Vivienne (Chinenye Ezeudu) said, “[a] a lot of shame comes from the old fashioned views on sex. Unfortunately, schools have taught many people to be ashamed of their identity and their body. The cycle continues today. But the world is changing and young people have had enough. So if you agree that communication and empathy are better tools than silence and shame, then join us in asking your school for better.
The modern and mature take on sex and the relationship between its sensational cast make “Sex Education” well worth a look.
Annabelle johan is an Entertainment Intern for the Fall 2021 term. She can be contacted at [email protected]