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Episode 1: "Tape 1, Side A"
Note: This review contains spoilers
I didn’t believe it couldn’t be turned into a movie. So now, Jay Asher’s 13 Reasons Why is a thirteen-episode series on Netflix. Jay Asher’s book was too much a good read to put down but as a television series it blew me away. In only the first episode, I was pulled into the story of a boy listening to the last words he’d hear from his high school crush; a teenage girl who tried to fit in. Dylan Minnette’s performance as Clay Jensen was on point because of his youthful appearance and skill in performing as an awkward teenager. Honestly, he’s 20 years old and can pass for a 16 or 17-year-old high schooler. Katherine Langford as Hannah Baker, I believe, wasn’t a bad choice either. Her voice was fitting to help set the mood and her appearance was beautiful.
Based upon the above two actors, I give tribute to the costume designers for clothing choice. Some people say it doesn’t matter, but clothes are an outward expression of feelings or personalities that some people can’t express. Hannah was dressed modestly yet radiantly and displayed an innocent beauty. Clay was dressed casually and comfortably as to not draw attention to himself. From the choice in clothing, I felt the persona of each character was subtly established and the mood of the episode grew off it.
But what really got to me was the musical score. Each song helped the episode flow from start to the last minute of the episode. It helped me feel the anxiety Clay felt while listening to the tapes, guilt, or sadness. 13 Reasons Why was a beautiful book and now it is an incredible series. The suspense keeps building, making me curious to know what (or who) the recordings will say next, but I want to savor each episode and watch it at my leisure.