The first word that came to my mind after finishing this series was ‘Painful’. For the first time, I saw something that disturbing that you just can’t concentrate on anything else other than the characters you are watching. Simple concept but hard hitting once, ’13 reasons why’ is one of the best thing you’ll see ever that could create emotional havoc within your senses.
Storyline of the series, as taken from IMDb is as follows:
“Thirteen Reasons Why, based on the best-selling books by Jay Asher, follows teenager Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette) as he returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers a group of cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford) -his classmate and crush-who tragically committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah unfolds an emotional audio diary, detailing the thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Through Hannah and Clay’s dual narratives, Thirteen Reasons Why weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect viewers.”
The characterization of Hannah Baker is so intense and intriguing that you almost fell in love, feel pity and sometimes hates her at the very same moment. Clay Jenson’s transformation with every progressing tape is another feature that keeps you hooked upon till the very end of 13th episode. Each tape, talks about a different story, a different story but the narration and the way the story is being told makes it almost impossible for the viewer to look at it as a separate story. There are various one liners as well that makes another good feature for the series. “You don’t know what goes on in anyone’s life but your own. And when you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re not messing with just that part. Unfortunately, you can’t be that precise and selective. When you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re messing with their entire life. Everything affects everything.” I loved this one particularly.
The only thing that made me little upset about the series was its climax. I was expecting something huge (Although they do deliver a great climax but maybe my expectations were way too much). After the climax, it suddenly stops, with the chances for the second season but I desperately want that they doesn’t release the sequel for this one. It will ruin the overall experience.
Overall, my ratings would be 4.5/5.