Sex Education’s 3rd season continues to teach viewers


After almost two years of waiting, Sex Education’s highly anticipated third season finally released on Netflix.

The show focuses on the lives of teenagers living in Wales and how sex affects their day to day lives. While breaking expectations of what teens are like, the show presents unique problems that some may not be comfortable talking about. 

Season two concluded with Otis Milburn leaving a voicemail on Maeve Wiley’s phone in which he professed his love for her. However, Isaac Goodwin deleted the voicemail knowing she would have chosen to be with Otis instead of him. 

Season 3 appears to take place a few months after these events and not all characters have picked up where they left off. 

Although the show has done exceptionally well in the past, this new season was a bit of a let down.

While it focused more on the students’ lives, Otis and Maeve’s clinic was temporarily shut down. There were less issues involving sex among the characters, taking away the show’s originality and purpose.

This made the show more like any other teen drama and deprived its audience of valuable lessons it normally succeeds to teach.

Another big issue was Hope Haddon, Moordale Secondary’s new Headmaster. Her character is meant to play the role of the villain.

In reality, she is a weak antagonist. She wanted to improve the school in a strict manner, but that wasn’t the issue.

The issue was her unclear motives. She was being pressured by the school’s investors, but her actions didn’t reflect that. 

Her infertility is supposed to leave the audience in empathy, however, the awful measures she took to better Moordale are not excused by this, making the audience not care for her at all.

She wanted to help Maeve get into a program and insisted on gathering donations. This could’ve hinted at her background, yet the writers took it nowhere. 

There were also plots that didn’t necessarily make sense or could have been written better, such as Jackson Marchetti’s journey or Lily Iglehart and Ola Nyman’s downfall of a relationship.

While the new season had its flaws, it included phenomenal storylines and character development. 

An honorable mention would be Aimee Gibbs’ therapy sessions with Otis’ mom, Dr. Jean Milburn, presenting sexual assaults’ long term psychological effects and accurate representation of what therapy is like.

Characters you wouldn’t expect to grow have excellent character development such as Ruby Matthews and Mr. Groff. 

On top of it all, the show does a great job with inclusivity, featuring people of color and members of the LGBTQ+ community. They even introduced a non-binary character this season.

The show’s representation is not only special, but also not seen as performative.

As usual, the show continues to  include its fun sense of humor and bizarre plots and storylines. It never seems to lack uniqueness .

Overall, expectations for the new season were high, especially after a long wait, and it could have been better. However, excitement ponders as Netflix has confirmed a fourth season.