An Honest Review Of 'Sex Education' Season 2

This entire show is a lesson not only on sex but also in empathy.
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The Long Plot, Sans Spoilers

We pick up immediately where we left off at the end of the first seasonwith Otis Milburn's awakened passion for self-pleasure. Hooray! 

Otis is eager to move on from his jilted feelings for Maeve and focus instead on spending quality time with his new girlfriend, Ola. Maeve has been kicked out of high school anyway, so he considers shutting down their underground "sex clinic." However, it is soon made apparent that the students of Moordale High remain in desperate need of that good ol' dose of sex education. 

Through all this (and so much more!), the viewers get to know most everyone more intimately than we already feel we do.

The Short, Honest Plot

Just as cringey and beautiful and genuine as ever.

The Actors And Where You Last Saw Them

Asa Butterfield as Otis Milburn

You might remember him as the kid who befriended a Jewish boy at a concentration camp in The Boy In Striped Pyjamas (2008). More recently, Asa has starred in movies like Greed with Isla Fisher, and was Sophie Turner's love interest in 2018's Time Freak.

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Ncuti Gatwa as Eric Effiong

He was recently in historical comedy Horrible Histories: The Movie - Rotten Romans that has him now sharing IMDB credits with the likes of Kim Cattrall and Nick Frost.

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Emma Mackey as Maeve Wiley

In 2016, she starred in handheld horror TV movie Badger_Lane. She's got more for us in 2020! For starters, she'll be in the Agatha Christie movie adaptation, Death On The Nile, with Gal Gadot and Armie Hammer.

Connor Swindells as Adam Groff

This isn't his first time portraying troubled youth. In 2018's VS., he took on the role of a rapper in the UK underground hip hop battle scene.

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Kedar Williams-Stirling as Jackson Marchetti

Kedar has been acting for about seven years now! Just recently, he shared the screen with Macaulay Culkin in a dramedy directed by Seth Green called Changeland.

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Patricia Allison as Ola Nyman

This is Patricia's breakout role. Before Sex Education, she had only been in minor roles in two other British television shows.

Aimee Lou Wood as Aimee Gibbs

Believe it or not, outside of school plays, Sex Education is Aimee's very first acting gig!

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Tanya Reynolds as Lily Iglehart

Tanya has had mostly minor parts in short films and TV episodes, but she was a major character in English TV show Delicious for all three seasons until 2019.

Did You Know?

1. All of Sex Education was shot on location in Wye valley in Wales. They even kept some of the establishments' names! Brown's, which was heavily featured on the show, has been the real-life village store since 1952.

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2. The Milburn household is actually a bed and breakfast.

3. They take the show's title to heart! Show creator and writer Laurie Nunn says they also work with a professional sex educator to guide them throughout the writing process.

4. In real life, Emma Mackey's father is the headteacher of their local secondary school. Although it is worth noting, he is "not a Mr. Groff, thank God."

5. "Ncuti" is pronounced like "shoo-tee" and it means "friend!" Ncuti Gatwa's full name means "hope friend."

6. Aimee Lou Wood initially auditioned for the role of Lily. But when producers asked her to come back and try for Aimee Gibbs, it was basically a "Hallelujah!" moment and the rest is history.

7. Aimee and Connor Swindells, whose onscreen relationship was doomed earlier on in the show, are a couple IRL.

8. Calling all Game Of Thrones fans: Yes, Rubik's Cube-obsessed Dex was, in fact, Robin Arryn.

9. Another GoT surprise for you: If one of Jackson's moms (Hannah Waddingham) looked familiar to you, that's because she was the nun ringing the bell, yelling "Shame!" at Cersei.

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10. Dr. Milburn would be proud of this one! #PenisOfTheDay is Gillian Anderson's go-to hashtag on IG, as she likes sharing the occasional suggestively phallic photo (SFW)! 

What I Think:

This show is living proof that you can write responsible stories that are inclusive, informative, diverse, AND STILL FUNNY.

Mental health? Yes, let's talk about that. Religion? Uh-huh. Asexuality? It exists and it's fine! Bisexuality? Of course that's a thing! Sexual assault? We believe you.

I could go on and list every item they've ticked off of the list that we know "conservatives" would hate, but that's not the point. The writers aren't in this to be right. They are in this because they have looked around, embraced the world we're living in, and have written very real stories around that. 

No matter the background, or family history, or even sexual preference, we can find something to relate to in each character on the show. There are no heroes because everybody is flawed. There are no villains because everybody is trying. There is just humanity, and a heck of an entertaining way to look at it.

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This entire show is a lesson not only on sex but also in empathy.

I've been saying this since Season 1 and I'm saying it again after watching Season 2: Sex Education is the show I wish I had growing up. I'm just glad it's finally here and that present-day teenagers have it now.

I'd Recommend It To: 

Everyone. (But watch Season 1 first, if you haven't!) You will be a better person for it or at least you will want to be.

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