13 Reasons Why – Review by R.

It's been over a month since 13 Reasons Why has landed on Netflix, Yet it remains one of the most talked about series, follow and criticized of the moment. 13 episodi, 13 reasons why the protagonist, the 17-year-old Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), She took her own life, all pitted on audio tapes that in the first episode are delivered to my friend Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette) It is intended for all who are part of those “Thirteen reasons”. Based on the novel by Jay Asher of 2007, the show was created by Brian Yorkey and has among its Executive producers singer and actress Selena Gomez. The latter's involvement, the structure of the narrative, the mystery and the delicate how relevant topics could only be guaranteed success; a success in good and bad because the series is not perfect and has stirred up a hornet's nest of controversy such that in some cases they have been forbidden to debate or even children's vision 18 years.

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Hannah, the absolute protagonist

Starting with the weeks immediately following the suicide, slowly retracing the events that led Hannah Baker to conclude that for her there is no alternative but the most tragic and final. Hannah is the undisputed star of the series, the one who leads us step-by-step through what in fact is an investigation of the act committed by herself. Hannah tells, throws the clues, asks questions to herself, the other characters and to us, and Yes, comes to insinuate, putting ourselves in trouble to really understand what happened before it is fully revealed at the conclusion of the episode. for the first time I have a voice, is this the big news 13. The girl was already dead when we press play, but it is not through the police investigation, the process or the stories of those who knew her we discover its history, you pull the strings around until the last episode.

To Hannah is a powerful voice, that won't save even one detail of the stark reality that can make you question even when you're not fully agree with her. In those tapes Hannah has the voice she lacks in flashbacks, pulls out all, the pain, anger, the loneliness, the feeling of being a disappointment to his parents and that everything he does the backfire. There are two occasions in particular that Hannah could externalize all this before, When you still have time to take another road, first with Clay, then with the school counselor Mr. Porter. Desperately wants to talk, grab that hand that could drag it out of the black hole that is increasingly falling down since he crossed the threshold of Liberty High. But he doesn't. Although the voice in his head get help, whether for fear, shame or desperation, She is silent. When on the day of the suicide leaves the Office of Counselor, We feel the weight of all-encompassing sense of abandonment that oppresses: the school corridors are filled with teenagers taken by the coming and going of the sound of the Bell, Yet the girl is lonely, There is a look, a gesture, a small sign that makes them understand that to someone you care enough "Some of you cared. None of you cared enough. Neither did I and I'm sorry ".

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Because suicide?

Just before Hannah described in a few significant words the depression from which he suffered: didn't feel it anymore, nothing was important now, There was only emptiness. Understand the actual scope of depressive state in which Hannah had fallen, It is vital for you to understand how and why it came to suicide. The 17-year-old was not just sad, angry or disappointed with everything he had faced, She was depressed, in the clinical sense of the term. The "thirteen reasons why" can give each its own contribution – more or less significant – but they cannot be considered the direct cause and simplistic than it is a true how serious pathology nor suicide. Hannah Baker is victim of all kinds of bullying, some of which many of us have had to endure in term time, but somehow we survived. Also why in some episodes it is difficult to understand why a particular event described by Hannah is branded in audio cassettes. Be more fragile and vulnerable, however, is not a sin and is the case of Hannah, We understand then be even with depression, an ailment for which it is difficult to identify one or more specific causes and can exacerbate every little thing that happens to you.

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Speaks, Hannah, speaks!

Hannah wants to help, but don't ever ask. This is one of the things that made me nervous about her. As far as me not liking prior to ask for help, his eternal wait for the outstretched hand of others sometimes is infuriating because the feeling is that that hand should be tense in the exact way you want her. Mr. Porter tries to stop her (just ok, but a small attempt does), She leaves her Office and wait outside the door that man runs out and get it. Tell her to stop is not enough, don't just reach out your hand, I have to Parry in front, grab her and drag her out by force from the water in which is drowning. Same thing with Clay, in the episode where we find out why it got on tapes. The serious fault of the poor, the one for which he torments both before and after and whose presence among the "thirteen reasons why" we don't imagine, It's not even a guilty, Hannah same acquitted him. You dismiss it for fear of not being worthy, to ruin it and drag it into its darkness. Clay tries to talk to her, We test really, but Hannah rejects him three times and even rather violently. The third "Go girl away!"who would have remained?! Yes, Hannah is ill, It is evident, but Clay is a seventeen year old insecure in front of a girl in tears and scared, fearful of having done something to hurt her. Cannot read them in the mind, what he then imagines he might do is a classic "in hindsight" that the fact it was impossible to implement.

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Not just Hannah

There is one detail that is always missing when we think of what was passing Hannah. Actually there is, but in some stories goes on top floor, in the final episode you may even forget about it until minutes concluded. We understand without difficulty with the story of Clay because it's the other protagonist, What deep down we love even when it does nothing but make us angry. When Hannah talks about Clay, We know exactly what the guy was trying, We understand why she had removed from her and how Hannah was wrong to see him as a guy confident. Clay was more terrified her to that subspecies of first date improvised home by Jessica, but Hannah didn't see it, exactly as he did not see how the girl was sick – We also think of Zach, whose behaviour was misinterpreted by Hannah or Skye, aside from Clay. How many characters were bad and no one realized? You name, some less, each of us has his own load, a burden that often prevents us from going beyond the appearance of others. The series tries to put it in the light of the experience of certain characters and deepening allowing us to understand them a little bit more. But we remain always there on the surface, too much taken from the story of Hannah and Clay and we do not see what is happening until it's too late. We don't see how much anger he was brooding Tyler as Hannah hadn't realized how much he had hurt with that snicker with which responded to a request for appointment. We had instead seen the pain experienced by Alex, but at some point we forgot; even for most of the final episode barely remembered the ambulance seen in previous until the headmaster there announced another loss. Another strong example of this are the parents of Hannah, which were not bad, selfish or selfless, loved their only daughter, Yet he did not realize what was experiencing; they too had their problems and have failed to go beyond the smile and silence of the girl.

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The scene of suicide

On the show we see two rapes and of course the suicide of the heroine. As it is horribly realistic representations, where nothing is left to the imagination of the Viewer, the controversies about it are wasted, so much so that Netflix has added notices for proposed images at the beginning of the episodes involved. This was necessary in particular for the suicide of Hannah Baker, the real climax of the show comes in Season Finale. We know even before the series that the star committed suicide, Yet that Act remains until the end at the heart of everything as in other productions would happen with the revelation of the murderer. And there is spared nothing. The intention was to represent him in the truest way possible (they were also asked the help of doctors to understand how you would live Hannah) without taking his eyes from the brutality and suffering that such an act involves. It is not easy to watch a scene, Not at all; I'll admit that I turned and moved. There is nothing aesthetically beautiful or romantic and precisely this crudity in place it dramatizes removes the danger feared by many to make the romantic idea of suicide.

Maybe this risk arises previously, When it is difficult to understand what it is like to get Hannah with those tapes. The girl is dead, nothing can change that, Yet that pull out all the inconvenient truth of others sometimes gives the feeling of falling into revenge; things weren't going as she wanted and then "Welcome to your tape". But then Hannah recorded tapes and doing it for themselves, to pull everything out and the effect is almost cathartic, so much so that it gives you one last chance to go ahead. The failure by Mr Porter le paves the way to suicide now perceived as inevitable. And finally the gesture itself is painful and heinous, We see only the physical and emotional suffering of Hannah, everything else is deleted.

The depiction of rape follows the same style: We are witnessing the Act in its mere violence, without any stretch of sexuality. Physical violence is what clears Hannah, the climax of everything suffered, Yet the definitive end for her is established after, from the interview with the school counselor. Hannah there try to ask for help, but the lack of preparation which is across the lock. Mr Porter cannot promise that it will never more see her rapist, but instead of staying on his side, the questions like a detective, It calls into question his role as a victim. We never feel that the consultant is a bad person, We see it very conflicted in various episodes, Yet in the end embodies that fear of every female victim of violence, that is not to be believed or what he suffered from being dwarfed.

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Thirteen episodes are not too many?

Thirteen reasons why, Thirteen episodes, effective promotional idea, less in facts. I must say that until episode 9 I made a real effort to move forward: both the series that individual episodes are really slow. If the purpose was to make us experience the same slow suffering tried by the protagonist with the accumulation of various wrongdoings, they succeeded. Clay takes forever to listen to tapes and spends time asking questions left and right find the target aimed at him by the conspiracy of the other nominees. Also events unfold in some episodes is quite predictable from the outset, proposing of the typical stories to teen drama or tv movie by Lifetime. Why then bets from nearly an hour?


If the scene of Clay and Bryce lacks credibility (seriously this confesses without getting me a little doubt?), can I force myself to give more credit to theFury the Liberty High against Hannah Baker. But really everything happens to her! It is one thing to be targeted by the Group at the top of the pyramid in high school, but she becomes a victim as well of the stalker/photographer and prissy Courtney and ends in the middle of a incolpevolmente accident. Even a high schooler of Sunnydale High to Buffy It was located on the Hellmouth has undergone many!

Past and present

Unrealistic even the patch of Clay that allowed us to easily distinguish between past and present; at one point his face heals faster than his stepping on Alex's cut and then split again the front. In fact we could scrounge between the two times thanks to the commendable choice to represent with a different light balance lettings: the past with Hannah is brighter and warmer, While the present without her is gray and cold. This is without a doubt among the strengths of the show and adding to it theskill of Director in the combine flashbacks of Hannah with the present of Clay, the latter makes one feel the closeness of the girl and the emotions he was experiencing and giving us intimate and touching scenes never falling in excess.

In terms of acting the applause is definitely to the couple Katherine Langford and Dylan Minnette, to whom have benefited even more brilliant dialogues that have been protagonists. Special mention to Kate Walsh, that in the role of Hannah's mother was brilliant (and it says a who never supported Addison in Grey’s Anatomy).

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The second season

A few days ago the news that Thirteen Reasons Why will have a second season. The show was born as a miniseries and it is legitimate to wonder if the renewal is not due to its success rather than the appropriateness of a continuation of the story. It's true, There are points that have not been explored, but you must? 13 It is the story of Hannah, what she wanted to tell, What would discover the fate of Alex and Tyler, the past of Clay or the consequences of the testimonies of women? Certainly Hannah could no longer tell us anything, the tapes are over and follow the other events or any trial for the death of the girl, would distort what was the winning point of the series, that is the story of Hannah.

Those that could be considered ideas for a new season, are actually perfectly adequate at the end of the show. Alex and Tyler are proof that despite the will expressed at the end by Clay – "It has to get better, the way we treat each other and look out for each other. It has to get better somehow " – not always we can fully realize how cornered who's next. We can try, especially try to talk about it. And maybe that's the most important aspect of the show, Lets discuss the good and the bad, without filters and frills, delicate and controversial topics. In this sense, the criticism that has given rise to help, not in the sense to prohibit discussion or viewing, But exactly the opposite. In this regard, Netflix has produced a documentary – 13 Reasons Why: Beyond the Reasons – where cast and crew discuss behind the scenes, messages and debates arising from the show.

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