The Netflix series Sex Education has always had a clear premise: scandalize. Or at least, address with a provocative honesty topics that don’t usually mix with each other in a television plot. The erotic, lust, sexual awakening and frankness in the realm of the carnal.
Sex Education is a candid tour of contemporary sex life that captivates with its ability to ask the right questions. On a time when nothing is scandalizing and everything seems to be in the public domainWhat is intimate, is sex? Is it the need for emotional gratification?
The Netflix series does not answer the questions – you do not want to – but rather raises a simple question: what is the life of any young man of our time like? The result is a fun and brilliant journey through dozens of different situations that lead to the same point.
The world that is discovered, it is enjoyed and amazed through youth as a unique event. Adolescence as the great time of all discoveries. But beyond the cliché, it’s also about the rethinking of identity as self-discovery is everything.
‘Sex education’ and the world of uncomfortable things
If there is something that distinguishes Sex Education, it is its ability to name the uncomfortable things of a stage that is usually confusing. He does it with humor and also with a perverse view of self-discovery. If for the second season the program seemed to have lost his sense of the absurd a bit and the uproar, for his new chapters he recovers them.
And he does it through a certain self-awareness that his characters are growing extremely rapidly and that this is quite a plot challenge. The question of cast actors quickly leaving early youth puts the Netflix series on a sticky note. But instead of hiding it, looking at its best moments or appealing to absurd humor, it assumes its ambiguous quality.
Of course, the argument of Sex Education has always been based on some atypical chaos, narrated with a brilliant script. Season 3 actually begins in its usual way: with a scene that leaves little to the imagination and sustains something more elaborate. A car with foggy windows sways from side to side.
Inside, the sex scene that the camera shows with a subjective and intimate closeness has something powerful. But it’s not just about sex, it’s about the meaning that Sex Education brings to the carnal. The music rises, becomes strident and suddenly what is a full-blown erotic sequence manages to become one of his famous scenes hilarious.
It all happens in less than ten minutes, but the Netflix series has already set the pace and tone of the season through that version of the power of the carnal. Of course, the new episodes are a celebration of that strange slightly agonizing pace. Otis’s (Asa Butterfield) need to try casual sex isn’t just a plot twist.
It is also a way to deepen your quest to understand yourself. The same as the way Jean (Gillian Anderson) copes with her pregnancy. The series develops several arguments at the same time about the power of the sexual in its purest form. Also the bodies as their own territory.
But at the same time, he also wants to make people laugh. With its great musical numbers – the soundtrack continues to blend brilliantly into the plot – Sex Education is a burst of vitality. And even though everything seems to revolve around Otis to Maeve, the Netflix series is more than just a linear story.
The power of all voices
Something that becomes very evident in its third season in which the entire cast receives a look and a moment to move. From Isaac (George Robinson), Ruby (Mimi Keene) to Lily (Tanya Reynolds), the series mixes Otis’s gaze with the nuances of those around him.
In fact, for its third season it is evident that the series depends entirely on its choral cast. There were already signs of the grand finale of the previous season, but this time the four-handed grand story effect is flawless. From Eric’s (Ncuti Gatwa) romance with Adam (Connor Swindells) to the way sexual abuse is handled. Sex Education has grown in ambitions, in proposal and in sensitivity.
If the second season ended with a declaration of love, the next begins with sex. But between both things – and perhaps hence the power to move the series – there is a deep and intuitive journey. There is even room for a renewed awareness of representativeness, but created with such good sense that they move in all their symbolic weight.
Wheelchair characters, others battling the ravages of sexual violence, even the flawless non-binary character played by Dua Saleh. Sex Education has the ability to speak of all the high points and do so with a splendid elegance that dazzles with its subtle sensitivity. Perhaps his greatest legacy in the midst of an era of ambitious, but actually unconvincing proposals.