Spoiler-Free Review of “13 Reasons Why” Season 4 on Netflix: High School is Over

**Major spoilers have been left out for your convenience so feel free to read on!**

“Life is a pretty spectacular thing.”

The final season of 13 Reasons Why premiered on Netflix on June 5th 2020 with 10 new episodes (Approximately 58 minutes in length) in season 4. It stars Dylan Minnette, Christian Navarro, Alisha Boe, Brandon Flynn, and Miles Heizer.

The show is based on the novel written by Jay Asher. It follows a young high school student who suffers from depression after dealing with bullying and betrayal. The series allowed us to see things from Hannah Baker’s perspective in the first season, but the other seasons focused more on the lives of her friends and family members as they coped with grief and other significant changes.

If you are a fan of this show, then you know that it is like nothing else you have ever seen. It tackles a lot of important and sensitive issues without holding anything back. When the show first premiered, there was a lot of controversy surrounding it and there are several warnings that come up before each episode that should not be ignored.

Coming to the end of a brilliant series is not easily done, but does 13 Reasons Why give our beloved characters the proper farewell they deserve? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Moving performances by Dylan Minnette, Alisha Boe, and Brandon Flynn.

The entire cast is great, but this trio really gives us some heart-wrenching moments that will have you in tears. They are real, believable, and thought-provoking. You can truly empathize with them. You can easily imagine them as your own best friend or brother or sister. In a way, we have really watched them grow up on screen. 

When I first started the series, I had mixed thoughts on all of the characters and while Clay Jensen stole our hearts and compassion from the very start, Justin and Jessica really went through important character transformations throughout the series.

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Proper goodbyes.

A lot of series don’t really get the chance to give each and every one of their characters a proper send off. Some series are canceled too early and others drag things out too much. However, I thought that 13 Reasons Why did a really great job of allowing us to truly say farewell to each character.

High School can often feel like the end and unfortunately, it is the absolute end for some of our beloved characters. But for others, it is just the beginning of their journey and we can all relate to that.

While some characters discovered new relationships and passions, others went down dark roads of despair. But each one got enough screen time so that we could appreciate and understand their growth. Not just in high school, but in life.

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Episode 6

Each episode gave us some tropes about the end of high school. We got to witness a senior camping trip, college interviews, the prom, and graduation. However, I thought that episode 6 almost could have been a standalone for the series.

It was so intense and it really brought me back to that same feel I had while watching season 1, which I appreciated. Again, the warnings should not be ignored on this series and I strongly recommend watching it with someone else, but I thought the writing and direction for this particular episode was brilliant.

The Cons:

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Unsure of its plot.

A lot of season 4 focuses on Clay’s anxiety, especially after coping with what happened to Bryce and Monty. It is not easy to personify mental illness, but I could have done without the cheesy horror effects sprinkled in. They were kind of distracting and it took away from Clay’s actual issues. I thought it would have been better to stick with Clay’s revealing conversations with his therapist, which were extremely well done.

I’m still also not sure what the main plot was. Season 4 was kind of all over the place in certain aspects. In season 1, we focused on Hannah. In season 2, we looked at things from other eyes. In season 3, we watched things from a newcomer and also focused on a murder. However, season 4 didn’t really have much of a plot.

There were moments of pure brilliance and some really heartbreaking ones that still have me in tears, but I guess I was hoping for something to really captivate my attention like with the other seasons.

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Jessica Davis deserved more.

Jessica’s character transformation across the seasons has really been something spectacular. In season 3, she really embraced her strength and identity as a woman and became a leader. However, in season 4, she still talks a lot about these issues, but we spend too much time tangling her up in a love triangle that was unnecessary.

Jessica has been in toxic relationships, but she has also discovered her individuality. I just didn’t want that completely tainted and I thought that we could have moved away from the love triangle plot all together.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in because I have a lot of respect for this show. There are a lot of teen dramas around that skim over important issues and I really thought that this particular one dove right in without censors. There are some moments throughout the show that are extremely difficult to watch, but sometimes we need to watch them in order to process all of these important issues in our lives.

The world can be scary and overwhelming and 13 Reasons Why reminded us that through all of the grief and difficult moments, there are also really beautiful ones as well and that life is worth living. While I had some personal preferences and issues with the final season, I will forever be a fan of this show.

It’s one of a kind and something that will stand the test of time for me.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on 13 Reasons Why in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Mick” season 2 episode 20: “The Graduate”

Happy Wednesday!  After watching Fox’s The Mick season 2 episode 20 season finale last night, I think we have all learned a valuable lesson that showing the world you’re not afraid can lead to some unforeseen consequences.   Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “The Graduate,” Mickey is extremely proud of Sabrina who is graduating from high school and off to Yale for college…well so she thought.  Meanwhile, Chip decides to throw a party and Alba gives college life a try.  My top 5 moments from The Mick season 2 episode 20 are:

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Mickey embraces parenthood.

Mickey is beyond proud of Sabrina and begins making as much noise as possible when she crosses the stage and they announce that she is off to Yale University.  She begins discussing how much of an impact she had on her life in order to get her here and Chip points out to her, “You’re not a parent.”  Mickey of course shows off these awesome parenting skills by saying, “Well you’re a bastard.”  Even though Mickey tells it like it is without apologizing, she is clearly very happy to see Sabrina take this important step in her life…that is until she finds out that Sabrina doesn’t plan on attending Yale in the fall.

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Mickey goes to see the Dean.

Mickey is very upset when she finds out that Sabrina lied and hasn’t gotten into Yale.  She is not about to let her continue to cramp her style at home, so she decides to take Alba to the campus to pay the Dean a visit and convince her to take Sabrina.  Mickey quickly realizes that getting an appointment with the Dean is almost impossible, as she is told that the next available one is in two months.  However, this does not stop Mickey.  She creates a very inventive and dangerous diversion, which causes a small fire, but works like a charm, as the receptionist goes running outside to put it out.  Mickey begins by telling the Dean how great Sabrina is, but when she sees this isn’t working, she simply tells her that “she’s the worst” and practically begs her to accept her.  After some more threats, the Dean looks up the information and tells her that Sabrina was already accepted.

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“I would have been so good at college.”

When Alba tags along with Mickey to the campus, she quickly realizes all of the benefits of going to college.  You know like “bong rips, hacky sacks, and hot guys.”  Alba is part of Mickey’s diversion plan and takes the Chang family around campus for a fake tour so that they don’t show up for their scheduled appointment with the Dean.  Alba is actually doing a pretty good job and responds to questions without any hesitation.  When asked how many libraries there are, she immediately says “53.”  Sounds like a high number, but after all “nerds love it here.”  After she abandons the Chang Family, Alba is not done with her college adventure just yet.  She takes the name tag of “Melanie” and goes in for an alumni reunion.  Alba is having a fantastic time, drinking alcohol and even striking up a conversation with another former classmate, which leads to a night filled with fun and passion.  The stranger begs to be able to contact “Melanie,” but Alba silences him and tells him that she’ll see him at the next one.

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Farble messes up Chip’s plan.

After Sabrina graduates, Chip decides that it’s the perfect time to throw a “rager.”  Jimmy notices that Emily or “Farble” is hanging around quite a bit and suggests that Chip and she enjoy a sort of friends with benefits relationship.  Chip seems OK with it for now, but explains that his real goal is to get a girl like Madison.  During the party, Madison has a huge fight with her boyfriend and Chip is there to console her and pick up the pieces.  It seems like Chip might actually have a shot here and Jimmy provides some advice by explaining that “sometimes you win a fight by getting your ass kicked.”  Chip stands up for Madison and just as things are escalating, Farble knocks Madison’s boyfriend out of the way.  Madison is beyond grateful and it seems like the plan has worked like a charm…that is until Farble states her claim on Chip and rudely tells her to back off.  Poor Chip.  You were so close!

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“That’s life.  You get wet and then you dry up.”

After Mickey discovers that Sabrina did get into Yale, she confronts her about it.  Sabrina caves in and admits that she’s just really scared about going to college and tackling the unknown.  Mickey decides to show her something and doesn’t really give Sabrina a choice when she yells, “Get in the car!”  Mickey takes her to a bar and explains that when she was around her age, her mother left she and Sabrina’s mother with a little bit of cash.  While Mickey’s sister went off to New York, she decided to buy a Samurai sword instead.  Mickey explains that her sister “took a big swing while she never left the dugout.”  Mickey points to the top of the bar and shows her the Samurai Sword.  Sabrina asks how much it will cost and the bartender explains only $40.  However, Mickey has already decided to put her diversion to good use again, only this time she sets the bar on fire in the process.  Sabrina convinces her to grab the sword which severely burns her hand and she then cuts Sabrina’s ear with it.  After this fiasco, Sabrina tells Mickey that she will try out Yale after all.  Mickey offers the sword up to Sabrina in the rain, as if she is passing on her new destiny in life.  Mickey tells her, “Show the world you’re not afraid,” which is actually quite a heart-warming moment between these two…that is until lightning strikes the sword and knocks poor Sabrina out cold.  The end of the finale reveals that Sabrina is in a coma, short one toe, and her fate yet to be determined.  Will Sabrina be OK?  Will Mickey be able to pick up the pieces?  We’ll have to wait for season 3 to find out!  I hope that Fox picks this show up for another season because it is truly hilarious and heart-warming at the same time.  Through all of Mickey’s antics, she truly loves this family and they love her in return.

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and comments on The Mick below. Happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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