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"Sex Education" Netflix Original

by Brianna Bush - Lifestyles Editor
Wed, Feb 20th 2019 03:00 pm

Netflix has come a long way in terms of its original content. The streaming service began with only a few viewers but has moved to become a platform for some of the most popular shows today. One of its recent shows, “Sex Education,” has really set the bar high in my opinion. The show features an English high school boy, Otis Milburn (Asa Butterfield), whose mother, Jean Milburn (Gillian Anderson), is a sex therapist. He takes what he’s learned from his mother to make some quick cash with the help of his two friends, Eric Effoing (Ncuti Gatwa) and Maeve Wiley (Emma Mackey), as a sex therapist.

The first episode did not disappoint, starting off with an intimate scene that doesn’t seem to go as the couple had planned. After the failed “meeting,” Adam Groff (Connor Swindells), seeks the help of Otis. Otis assists him, giving him advice on how to “please” his lover without faking it himself. 

Now, not every episode goes smoothly, not even in the slightest. To keep things interesting, the producers were very smart when creating each episode. Each one brings a new set of “sexual issues” and with those issues come problems of their own for the trio as they also deal with their personal lives. Whether it be Eric trying to express himself, Otis fawning over Maeve or Maeve avoiding teenage pregnancy, the trio are dealing with their own issues in the midst of helping other people.

Maeve was my favorite character throughout. She dealt with being an “outcast” while trying to date the “popular” guy, Jackson Marchetti (Kedar Williams-Stirling). In the beginning she finds out she is pregnant, so to take her mind off everything she starts having sex with Jackson. In my opinion this was not the best thing she could have done in this situation. She ends up getting an abortion but continues to have relations with Jackson and eventually develops a relationship with him. 

When it comes to Eric’s story, he struggles to find himself throughout the season. He is out as gay, but doesn’t know how he wants to express himself. In the second episode he is at a party simulating a sexual act with a group of girls, but it ends with all of them vomiting on each other. He grows through the season and in the last episode he finally finds the right guy, but the guy is shipped off to military school, forcing that relationship to a short halt.

Otis is the character that you hate and love. He makes a lot of really stupid mistakes throughout the season and ruins his friendships along the way. Throughout the show, Otis is head-over-heels in love with Maeve and every advance he tries goes unnoticed by her. In efforts to make Maeve notice him, Otis does multiple reckless things that strain his relationship with both Eric and Maeve. In the end it all falls to pieces but to find out how it ends you have to watch it yourself.

I recommend this show for those who like raunchy humor and for those who don’t shy away from some awkward sexual exchanges. This season definitely has me counting down the days until the next one.