Monday, April 17, 2017

MARIAH's TAKE on 13 Reasons Why Season 1 Episode 13 - "Tape 7, Side A"

About the Show:
After a teenage girl's perplexing suicide, a classmate receives a series of tapes that unravel the mystery of her tragic choice.
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Network:
Netflix

Genre:
Young Adult
Crime Drama/Mystery
Rating:
TV-MA

Created by:
Brian Yorkey

Series based on:
Thirteen Reasons Why

Based on the Novel Written by:
Jay Asher

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Cast:
Dylan Minnette – Clay Jensen
Katherine Langford – Hannah Baker
Christian Navarro - Tony
Brandon Flynn – Justin
Jutsin Prentice - Bryce
Kate Walsh – Mrs. Baker

See Full List of Cast & Crew on IMDB


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Episode 13: "Tape 7, Side A"
Hannah seeks help from Mr. Porter, the school counselor. Clay plays the new tape for Tony and weighs what to do next.

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My Thoughts

Note: This review contains spoilers

“Before she died, Hannah recorded thirteen reasons why she killed herself.”

13 Reasons Why brings important humanitarian issues to light and I thank the cast for making one of my favorite books come to life. The actors performed beautifully to the point I let a tear drop or became angry because of their actions. Not minding that it is set in a fantasy town with fantasy people, 13 Reasons Why had a message and I think it was fully executed. After watching the last commentary episode, the audience learns more about the actors and why they auditioned for their roles. Examples being: they were confused teenagers once or they know a rape survivor. These are often issues that get shamed or criticized, because of the existence of false claims, but those are the claims that keep real victims quiet.

The guilt the characters carry and their lives are still in shambles after Clay had finished listening to the tapes. Some have been more damaged than others such as Alex who shot himself in the head and is in critical condition, Justin is now homeless, and Jessica is trying to bring the subject of her rape to her father. However, we aren’t given a trail on the Bakers versus the school for the cause of Hannah’s death. Even if it’s painful, life just moves on for the characters.

Considering the book Thirteen Reasons Why ends at Clay in possession of the tapes and him completing them, the direction of the story is open to the imagination. Some people say it needs a second season, I don’t believe that at all. 13 Reasons Why included depression, suicide, rape, and (subtly) mental health that can carry on into adulthood. Each episode related to an experience could have happened to them or someone they knew. It is because these issues are a part of real life that I enjoyed Thirteen Reasons Why not only as a novel, but also as a visual series.

“This tape blows up the world.”

“Which is what we should do, don’t you think?”

I speak so highly about the issues 13 Reasons Why because it brings up contemporary issues and how perfectly executed it was, but I can still only give it 3 and ½ stars. It’s finale episode, like stated before, does not have a sound resolution. There was no trial and the characters’ lives just seem to move on for better or for worse. This series has potential for a season two.

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