e’ve all been there, the time when we’ve reached the age where people of the opposite, or maybe the same sex, have grabbed our attention and ignited a fire in our loins. Netflix’s Sex Education has become a bit of a sensation for its subscribers. It’s a coming of age drama that is suitable for young adults. I for one absolutely loved it!
Sex Education is what it says on the tin, it’s a drama for young adults about the birds and the bees. It’s a nice coming of age drama for young adults. It holds great comedic value and will have you cheering on for the characters. Though I would say it did have America and me confused at the start whether it was set in the 1980’s. Eventually, we find out that its present day and here in Britain.
I did, however, find the stylization of storytelling to be American, where the school’s Headmaster is strict with his own son and the threat of said son being sent away to join the army. It’s American with a British twist so I can understand why some of the show’s audience members were a bit confused after Episode One.
The series shows off the beautiful countryside of Wales and England. I was delighted to see that Caerleon Campus was put to good use, there are rumours going around that Netflix has, in fact, bought the listed building. Which, if true, may mean that we’ll be in for a second series and quite possibly other productions, I’m eager to find out whether there will be a second series.
I did find myself pointing out a lot of familiar looking places, mainly all the ones in Newport. It's not every day you see your stomping ground used for a series that is now being watched globally. As a Welsh man, I am always proud to see the Welsh countryside on the television, they certainly made our city look the part!
Season One sets the story of Ottis (Asa Butterfield) and Maeve (Emma Mackey) setting up one-to-one sex Ed counselling sessions for those who are and aren’t sexually experienced. Some of the encounters poor Ottis endures are comedic whilst others really hit home, Maeve’s inspiration comes from the fact that Ottis’ mother is a well-known sex therapist, played by the beautiful Gillian Anderson.
I’m sure Netflix won’t hesitate in producing a second series and we’ll soon be finding out whether Ottis and Maeve realize their feelings towards each other and get together. Like a typical coming of age series it holds drama, comedy and it can be somewhat classed as a love story. The series ends when Ottis has gained himself his first girlfriend and bit the bullet and overcome his personal demons. However this is at the exact moment Maeve realizes her true feelings towards Ottis but like a typical romantic story it's too late, or is it?
When our sexually inexperienced hero is kissing Ola (Patricia Allison) I was exclaiming “NO! WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!” The agonizing part now is waiting for the announcement of a second series. I, like others, need more Ottis and Maeve, and they certainly need to get together. Even though poor old Ottis had his heart ripped out by the challenged teen.
Overall great series, beautifully performed by all those involved. Great work and a pleasure to watch, certainly deserves a rewatch!