My thoughts on 13 Reasons Why (trigger warnings)
Hannah baker: the only problem I have with the character of Hannah baker, is how she sent those tapes without any consideration towards how those tapes were going to fuck the recipients up monumentally. Take Alex for example, whether he was as suicidal before Hannah’s suicide/tapes is another thing, but Hannah sent those tapes consequently doing what she was criticising everyone else in the tapes for doing. Being the driving force behind someone else’s suicide.
Bryce walker: I absolutely love that this show is one of the few that show no sympathy towards the rapist whatsoever (apart from Courtney but I think Ryan settled that one) and I think the actor portraying him was beautifully cast (and if I see any hate towards him I will pat you on the head with a brick).
Justin foley: i think their are two types of people in this world. Those who think Justin is irredeemable, and those who think he was good kid that got monumentally messed up but abusive parental figures and made some wrong choices, and is going to pay for them for the rest of his life. As you may have guessed, I come in the latter category. Don’t confuse me for someone who is excusing his actions because I’m not, I’m stating that I understand why he did what he did. To him it was either do the right thing and possibly loose everything, or keep quiet and live a lie. It was shown how Bryce was the only person (before Alex) that helped Justin out at all with his home situation, and had Justin wrapped around his little finger. Just please keep an open mind when judging him.
Finally, as much as I pride the show in portraying different counts of suicide and self harm in truthful and relatable ways, I wish it would have explored the root of someone who is just as depressed and suicidal as Hannah, or Alex etc.. but knows they cannot commit suicide due to family commitments, It’s alright being suicidal but if you only get recognition if you actually plan on killing yourself then you and a lot of people are stuck in an endless cycle (e.g. Skye). So yes the show was brilliantly done and I can’t fault them on what they did show l, but I wish there was more representation of mental illness.
Oh and I almost forgot; JEFF ATKINS DESERVED BETTER.