We’ve been seeing lots of articles flying around the Internet all discussing the Selena Gomez produced Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, but here’s the thing: we’ve been terrified to click on them because they promise spoilers galore. To us, investing in a new series is a serious business, so because we adore y’all, we decided to watch just the first episode and let you know what you can expect from the much-anticipated series.
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1. The leads can really act.
Our two protagonists, Clay, played by Dylan Minette, and Hannah Baker, played by Katherine Langford, have major acting chops. With YA series, you never know what you’re gonna get, but these two were 1. perfectly cast and 2. Never remind you you’re just watching some TV show. Their great acting helps you get completely lost in the narrative.
2. Hannah does the cool yet relatable girl justice.
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I have a problem with the “manic pixie dream girl.” You know that girl, the one that’s so messed up it’s beautiful (usually written by men). Well don’t worry, Hannah escapes this trope. Yes, she’s clearly troubled since she ends her life, but she feels multi-dimensional. She feels like the cool girl who can still get her feelings hurt. She feels like the girl with the perfect witty comebacks who still has to constantly deal with her mom taking her cell phone away while she studies. She’s cool and relatable, and we love her.
3. We want to hang out with/ potentially date Clay.
Ugh! He’s so darn likable. He definitely makes you want to devote 13 hours of your time to binging the show. PS: He reminds of us Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and it just doesn’t get better than that.
4. You get to spend plenty of time with Hannah.
We all know from the trailer that Hannah Baker has killed herself before the narrative of the show starts. This had us worried about how they were going to incorporate the clear protagonist, Hannah, into every episode. Using not-at-all cheesy flashbacks, we get to know and understand Hannah, which we love.
5. The music is fantastic.
And we can’t wait to see how they’ll incorporate Selena Gomez’s cover of “Only You,” which was specifically recorded for the show.
6. The retro tapes play a big role in the plot.
Author Jay Asher explained they decided to keep the cassette recordings in the show instead of update to new technology in order to maintain the “old school feel”.
7. It’s a fresh take on the crime thriller.
Yes, we are obsessed with the killer crime thrillers dominating television today (The Fall, Big Little Lies, Happy Valley), but this is a fresh take, which creates a new hybrid between YA and thriller.
7. It’s clear this show will be dealing with sexual assault.
From the very first episode, they make it very clear the show will be dealing with sexual assault, and so far, they’re handling it masterfully. We’re proud the show is brave enough to take on a subject that desperately needs the spotlight, and we have high hopes for how they’ll let it play out.
8. You’ll absolutely want to keep watching.
It’s as simple as that.
So there you have it, our final recommendation is to go binge it ASAP. Between the great cast, fresh take on the typical crime-thriller, and its brave subject matter of teenage sexual assault, we’re giving it an A+. Happy watching!
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