Review: 13 Reasons Why S01E01

If you’ve been on the internet at all within the last few months you’ve probably heard the buzz about 13 Reasons Why on Netflix. I started seeing ads for the show on my Instagram feed back in February and I took a screen shot to remind me to check it out. At this point it’s only been out for a week or so and it seems like EVERYONE has watched it.

I had the chance to watch the first episode last night and I enjoyed it, but have some mixed feelings.

I loved the setting and the way that the show is dealing with the issues teens (and young adults) face today. Gossip was bad when I was in high school, but gossip with unlimited access to each other via social media and texting sounds like my nightmare. There was enough internet drama in high school when of us who knew how to use computers were only posting in our livejournals and chatting through AIM. This is one of the many reasons why I’m glad I have a teenage brother instead of a teenage sister.

I love the cast – Dylan Minnette, our protagonist, does a great job as the cute/quiet guy who you just wish would SAY SOMETHING. Katherine Langford is absolutely gorgeous, hair short or long. I’m also super fond of Christian Navarro and I hope they work more Spanish into the show.

I won’t say much about the overall arch of the story but I do have one concern related to the main theme, suicide. After someone makes the decision to kill themselves, it is no ones fault. It can’t be blamed on one person and it certainly can’t be blamed on 13. I’m hoping that the show moves away from this later on. While its important that the kids in the show (and everyone watching) is aware of how their actions can affect others, especially those with shaky mental health, you can’t blame suicide on a single person or single event.

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