It all started in the year 2017 when the first season of 13 Reasons Why streamed on Netflix and we all went crazy for a spectacular show. There were many reasons, one of them being it was based on Jay Asher’s bestselling novel. The first season of 13 Reasons Why had some elevated performances, powerful storyline and provocative narration about a high school girl Hannah Baker being bullied and why she ended her life the way she did.
The shocking truths and revelations unfolding episode after an episode made our heart go thumping. 13 Reasons Why Season 1 was a huge success and accepted by the audience on a huge level. Then makers made their mind to cash this success by launching the sequel of the same which they did in the year 2018 with season 2 of the show. There we get to know more about Hannah’s character and it felt like no one in the Liberty High is innocent.
Everyone has a secret and everybody is guilty in some way. A so-called saint face has a traitor behind it. I was still trying to get over that tedious yet not necessary season of 13 Reasons Why, only then I got to know that makers have already announced the third one and I was like why more seasons, aren’t you guys tired of milking the success of previous seasons?
13 Reasons Why Season 3 is as dull as Season 2
If we look at the story of 13 Reasons Why season 2, we can impetuously say that we didn’t need even that season because nothing left to mourn about. The only good thing about season 2 was Hannah finally got out of Clay’s mind and he could now live his life with his family and new brother. With the release of 13 Reasons Why season 3 trailer, I was anticipated to know how they will move the story further.
And I was dumbstruck to know that we seem to have to find the killer of Bryce Walker in this season. Are you kidding me? Why anyone is going to care about Bryce Walker? Being a fan of this series from the very first season, I somehow finished watching 13 Reasons Why Season 3 but trust me only I know how painful it was.
Only those who have watched 13 Reasons Why Season 3 are appealed to read further as this review **CONTAINS SPOILER**. If you have not watched and still want to read it, what can I say “Go for it.”
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7 Reasons Why “13 Reasons Why Season 3” is not convincing
13 Reasons Why season 3 talks less about an anti-bullying thing and more like an image cleaner of Bryce Walker. What if a bad person tries to be a good person? Should we let him do so? Well, from a normal human point of view, yes. But poor Bryce was shunned from getting any chance to be good and this is why I hate this season of 13 Reasons Why more. There are many other reasons why 13 Reasons Why Season 3 is not convincing and entice you to watch.
- The story itself – As I mentioned earlier, the whole plot upon which season 3 is based was not needed. Some shows are better because they were not overstated unnecessarily. Many great shows ended with their basic storyline and this is why they were loved. But the case was not the same with 13 Reasons Why Season 3. It was not required to plot the main story on the “whodunit” theory of Bryce Walker’s murder only to milk the success of series.
- Ani’s awful narration – First of all, do not take it in the way as racism. It is nothing to do with it. I liked the narration of Clay in the first and second seasons. The dialogues were powerful and it felt good to listen to the story of Hannah Baker in Clay’s voice. Ani’s narration here is disgusting. The dialogues are pretty simple and non-impactful. The character of Ani was not effective either.
- Culpable Screenplay – Many of the movies or TV shows are loved by the audience because of the way they tell the story. Blend of past and present screenplay plays with your mind and makes you glued to your seat. On the other hand, the screenplay of 13 Reasons Why Season 3 appears little messed up. Sometimes you cannot mark the difference in something happened in past vs something happening in present.
- Delusional secrets of high school students – A normal person cannot live with the pressure the liberty high students were dealing with and for that, I think they have some sort of supernatural capabilities to handle themselves. Every student of the school has some part of the secret which at times misconceived as they actually should be considered as secrets or not.
- Jessica hooking up with Justin again – In the first season of the show, we were shown that Justin let Jessica his girlfriend get raped by his best friend under the influence or whatsoever. The second season comes up with Justin’s character trying to be a good person from a junkie and helping in the trial of Hannah Baker. Jessica forgives Justin and also had sex with him at the end of the show. That was enough. Now in the third season, Jessica and Justin are back and madly in love with each other. Have you taken the audience for granted? Forgiveness itself was more than anything to take pity in the first place. This is unacceptable.
- Changing the nature of the character – The show makers after cashing the success of first two franchise think they can make the audience believe in anything. In one of the episodes of 13 Reasons Why Season 3, we see Alex visiting Bryce to buy steroids from him and even visiting a prostitute with him. No way man! The Alex I know from the very first season would never do such thing who raped his friends. It was not necessary to change the essence of the characters which is inherent.
- The ending of the show sucks – In this “whodunit” thriller, we finally get to know the reason why Bryce get killed and who did it. The last episode was thrilling yet shocking. When nobody was there to help Bryce and he was helpless, Alex pushed him into the river and both Alex and Jessica watched him drowning to death. He just did it for no reasons, not at this point.
13 Reasons Why Season 3 – Final Verdict
For me 13 Reasons Why Season 3 is not impressive and has nothing to offer. Neither in terms of the story nor in the message. What is so pity is everyone including Clay planned to make Alex go away with the murder of Bryce Walker. Life has been taken. Murder is a murder and it cannot be justified in any way. Hannah Baker’s mother who was fighting for the justice of her daughter finally got it but does the mother of rapist not have feelings or what? Why she did not get justice?
I did not understand in the end that what message makers were trying to convey? Was it rapists are good to be murdered or Friends in need are friends indeed? Bryce Walker was trying to be good and he has all right to go for it. He never deserved to die that way.
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