SEX EDUCATION: Our opinion on the last season!
We were very excited to preview the fourth and final season of Sex Education, out on Netflix on September 21.
TO SUM UP:
A new school means a new start for Otis and his friends. They have to find their place at Cavendish, where everything seems different from Moordale High School. Everyone is open, negativity and gossip are forbidden, but above all, Otis has competition in sexology. He soon learns that a student named O is giving therapy sessions. Otis embarks on a sex counselor war with O, pulling out all the stops. At the same time, he has to manage his long-distance relationship with Maeve, who is starting her studies in the USA. His friendship with Eric is at risk as he looks for queer friends who will understand him a little more about certain aspects of his life. His relationship with his mother is complicated by the arrival of Joy, his little sister, so he calls on Joanna, Dr. Milburn’s sister, for support.
WHAT ARE THE CHARACTERS BECOMING?
Despite Otis remaining the show’s central character, this season will feature all the series’ leading characters. We get to discover a little more about the problems and backgrounds of secondary characters. Eric is trying to figure out how to combine his homosexuality with his relationship with God. Adam is still reeling from his breakup with Eric, but will embark on farm training with the horses while his father seeks to reconnect. Aimee searches for the source of her creativity in art. Maeve faces some tough choices, especially when it comes to her family. Jean Milburn tries to make the best of her daughter’s complicated situation. Cal, recently put on testosterone, tries to deal with his growing gender dysphoria. Ruby also gets her moment in the spotlight as we learn a little more about her past.
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM THIS VERY LAST SEASON?
This season has a more mature feel, it has really grown up with its characters. They’re no longer kids, and they’re dealing with the reality of being a young adult and making choices. The season focuses on mental health. Prioritizing personal mental health without infringing on the needs of others. We learn that it’s all about balance, not to mention communication. There are some very good lessons to be learned here, and many of the season’s moments may resonate with some viewers and open their eyes.
The season also introduces many new characters, and if you were afraid of seeing so many new faces at the end of a series, they are no less important and interesting. They actually blend in very well with the others’ stories and are even indispensable. They also make for an even more diverse representation. Examples include Roman and Abbi, a popular trans couple at school. Aisha, the couple’s hearing-impaired friend in a polyamorous relationship. Beau, Vivienne’s new lover. And many others you’ll enjoy meeting.
Representations are wide-ranging, from gender and sexuality to people with reduced mobility and certain disabilities. A real awareness of these people is highlighted. Not forgetting a focus on self-palpation and medical appointments to prevent illness.
And what do we think of the ending? Well, the series ends as you’d expect. We loved it. Each character arc closes without leaving any big questions unanswered. Instead, it leaves us to daydream about the future of Moordale’s students and what they’ll become in the future after a turbulent, but well-rounded and rewarding adolescence.