13 Reasons Why Season 4 Review: A stretched, mostly forgettable season
13 Reasons Why, one of the most successful youth series of recent years, said goodbye to the screens with its 4th season. The fourth season, full of moments that you will want to skip from time to time, below expectations, has turned into the biggest obstacle in front of the series turning into a cult production as it deserves in the first season.
Let me state it in advance, if you do not necessarily need a closing, do not watch this season. The fourth season, which contains unwarranted melodramas just as the final season, exchanged the anxiety of expressing things sometimes with a didactic tone, started to use psychological triggers to trigger people, not just because they had a problem, it is not just a bad finale, it is a betrayal of the messages that the series is trying to give itself. . This season, which is full of elements that are not going well, has turned into an important reminder why some productions must be completed on time. This post doesn’t contain any spoilers, so I couldn’t include some of the things I found really troubling. But below, I will detail why the series was hurt by expressing the troubles that spread throughout the season.
13 Reasons Why Season 4 Review: Why are Things Not Going in Season 4?
There were already those who saw the 2nd and 3rd season of 13 Reaons Why as a disappointment. I’m not one of them. The other two sequels continued to offer original stories, which I think still had a certain concern. For example, through the character of Tyler, he was telling the frequent high school shooting attacks in America from a different perspective than many youth series. Moreover, it offered us a new reading focused on solidarity and rehabilitation. Or, with the development of Bryce’s character in the sequels, the theme of rehabilitation was addressed this time through the perpetrator of the sexual assault, along with the judicial process and the following social sanctions. Considering how sexual assault is intertwined with a certain naturalization in daily life, this narrative that one can transform by taking responsibility and paying a price made an important contribution to daily life as well as to the fiction of the series. Sexual violence is constantly covered up; This message, which deconstructed the social tale in which the perpetrators were portrayed as monsters that nobody knew and were far from socially connected, I think saved the situation because it was also crowned with a sufficiently fluid story. Until the fourth season, the fiction again included a number of unlikely events to coincide. But we were faced with the kind of youth trauma that could happen in a real school. This season, the end of the rope is a little off.
The main reason for a radical change in the style of the series is as follows: In the first three seasons, individuals shed light on social problems. The difficulties surrounding themes such as suicide, sexual assault, peer violence, psychological problems, individual armament that the characters experience pointed to the existence of a more systematic problem. This time, the individuals in the story just coincide with these problems, some things are happening because an almost fatalistic atmosphere is created as if being in high school was like this. For 13 Reasons Why, a fiction that takes control from the hands of subjects is a big mistake, because we’re talking about a series full of psychological triggers, so it opens with stimuli. And while the show portrays these triggers as they are, it must also offer the right criticism. Because it was seen as a safe haven for survivors, he should have remembered that he got where he was. Sculpting the social dimension of what can happen to individuals is a responsibility that comes with these triggers. Unfortunately, this responsibility has been replaced by an array of ideas that producers and screenwriters find attractive.
13 Reasons Why Season 4 Review – Another secret to the success of the series to date was to remind adults of the puberty process that everyone experienced and forgot after a while, and to remind those who experienced puberty for the first time that they were not alone. In this season, the concern of telling troubles has turned into a kind of lecturing process. Probably, the criticism from the parents has penetrated the writers’ minds and wherever you look, we come across characters who react like “we’re in high school”, “I’m just a kid”, “adults think of your well-being”. This damages the carefully constructed authenticity of the story. Moreover, there are constant demands from young people for self-sacrificing trust in authority figures. While the adults in the show are constantly fucked. Played by Gary Sinise, who was added to the series this season, Dr. Robert Ellman character also suffers from this condition. He gave me an incredibly authoritative figure at first, although he should have been some kind of a guide. Then I sat down and wondered if this was about the roles we are used to seeing Sinise with, like the soldier or the police. But the problem is again the script, and this proves that a good actor sometimes cannot save a poorly written character. Because when we come to the 7th episode, he really gives Clay a talk about the need to trust his autotrity figures and everyone wants his well-being. In the inter-episode monologue of Clay, who takes the role of the narrator, and Tyler’s speech during the seventh episode, it was aimed to be dragged into the experience of the character and to face reality, just as Hannah succeeded in the first season. And almost all of these kinds of inspirational talks are full of artificial cliches that remind you of watching a TV show.
Season four of 13 Reasons Why can’t be said to have completely abandoned the templates from the previous seasons. As in previous seasons, the series’ editing from time to time continues to try to cast doubt on the characters in a way that prevents us from predicting the flow of events. Tactics such as sprinkling small clues that will come together in the final into different parts are also used. Unfortunately, they do not give the desired results this time, and we constantly encounter details that do not fit in place due to originality concerns. Because the reason why the template that the series has followed until today is working is the sub-texts that enrich the template. Following the same pattern when the bottom is blank has turned into a structure that muddy the narrative. However, it was enough for us to see how they would continue their adult lives by confronting the traumas of the events they survived, not the great events. That’s why I can’t help but say, I wish they would say goodbye with a tidy final season instead of trying to innovate and risk repetition. The fact that they wanted the last season to be equipped with original ideas damaged the unique texture of the series. There are many unsuccessful attempts to make us think that it was written so that the fans of the series would not demand the 5th season.
13 Reasons Why Season 4 Review – In the first episode, the story opens like a detective-thriller and we feel like we are constantly switching to different genres in different episodes. Especially the detective, sometimes terrifying, sometimes psychedelic details in the atmosphere used to make clear that Clay is “out of his mind” make us confused. Of course, these are created in an exaggerated way to hide the weakness of the story, and they still break the course. We must go through these intended breaks, identify with Clay at some point, but to use this tactic it is necessary to enlarge the hand as in Legion, and 13 Reasons Why went wrong by choosing such a tactic in season four. Likewise, scene transitions are sometimes problematic. As of the third part, when we started to use bullying and peer violence as an element of psychological tension, I can say that the psychological coercion peculiar to the series was banalized this time. The genre confusion that I mentioned at the beginning begins to deepen at this point. Changing the music behind it, scenes reminiscent of slasher films that can instantly turn into comedy movies are scattered throughout the third and fourth episodes. In the fourth episode, as Mark Pellegrino, who we are used to seeing in uncanny roles, was in abundance and the constant full moon entered the frame, I even expected a werewolf from somewhere. It’s not enough, in the introduction to the eighth episode, we even encounter a dystopian science fiction in dream format. Sometimes it can be a nice touch to go out of the genre in comedies or fantasy series. But the ground becomes slippery when a number of genres cross over that should have been a youth drama. Especially in the era of Netflix, where we watch the episodes not weekly, but consecutively, unlike many youth series that have been broadcast in the past, and we cannot make mental preparations for these transitions.
13 Reasons Why Season 4 Review: Ghosts of the Past
Another annoying detail is the exaggerated appearance of old characters as a hallucination. Not only Clay, but Jess joins the rush to see the ghosts of the past. While it should have been a metaphor, the old characters who were directly involved in the story as if it were too real, were wrong about creating the desired atmosphere. He used to have used flashbacks or hallucinations, but Monty, who doesn’t even have a real connection with most of the characters, has been turned into a ghost, almost as much as Hannah in season two. This once again blur the message the directory is trying to give. While some of the characters in the series are the perpetrators of the rape, I find it inexcusable that a character like Morty who has no signs of transformation is just forgiven for his death. Meanwhile, Hannah, who had a positive impact on many of their lives and made everyone come together, disappears. Although they tried to gather this fiction in the last part, which makes it feel like the links of the extreme traumatic chain of events are things that overcome and erase each other chronologically, they did not. After all, the last episode is largely where the arguments that try to verbally eliminate the problems of the final season are placed. This creates a feeling of reading the work of a student who is trying to prosecute homework deficiencies in the final part in order to complete the upcoming article.
13 Reasons Why Season 4 Review – Perhaps the only thing the season has managed to pose as a problem is securitization. There are nice touches to how cameras, inspection, law enforcement take their lives. Nevertheless, I must state that this message is not very firm, unstable, the way students rebel against the interventions in their lives is unnecessarily depoliticized, and the details about racism remain in the setting of a public spot. With the idea that the new social movements are entirely based on “improvisation”, there are scenes written with delusion that organization never happens and everyone reacts only instantaneously. Since it coincides with a period when anti-racist social movements are revived in America, I am sure that the series will get much different feedback if it is conveyed as a message. Such a historical negligence has been missed, as political action is theoretically conceived as an empty youth adventure. Moreover, the use of social media has been underestimated in the face of certain dangers and social events. The ways in which young characters use their phones at key timings are depicted as if we were in the early 2000s. Almost all of the crowded scenes are troubled and the problems are not limited to fiction. Especially the scenes with extras in the cast are full of inexperienced details. The dances at the graduation ball are not always in harmony with the music. In another scene, at a house party, as in the Yeşilçam movies shot on the street, relevant unrelated everyone watches the main characters. A lousy animation was used for a car crash that happened. It turns out that some of the scenes were written just to make the breasts and share them online, and even this season there is a symbol that keeps coming up – although it doesn’t actually have any special meaning – I’m not looking forward to seeing those who get tattoos soon. But the show didn’t even give us the possible meaning of this symbol.
Perhaps the most important thing that will remain from this season is that they have managed to deliver successful representations of fluid sexual orientations. It is especially wonderful that the characters of Alex, Charlie, Zach and Winston interact with each other, hold each other’s hands about their sexual identities, and have no trouble expressing themselves about how they feel, even if they cannot predict their labels. But towards the end, they use such a harmful LGBTI + stereotype to increase the drama tension of the series, I only hope that the new generations will not save themselves with a defense that they do not pay enough attention to the issue. I will not be able to talk about the issue as it will be a big spoiler, but the introduction of a message about some mistakes that cannot be forgiven, especially on an issue that still causes people to be discriminated, is perhaps the most serious of the season’s many shame.
13 Reasons Why Season 4 Review – We have come to the end of the journey of 13 Reasons Why, which started with the story of Hannah Baker in 2017. Even though he made the farewell with a bad season, we’re used to good drama making mediocre finals. In any case, 13 Reasons Why contributed to transform the way adolescents and young adults are portrayed on the white screen, creating an alternative style to address the most interactive period in an individual’s life. It proved that this age group can be told through the problems they face in real life, without excessive childification or over adultization. It became a shelter for those who survived their first youth with injuries, especially at a time when the intrigue-filled youth TV series featuring high school characters played by adults started to become popular again. I’m not sure if we can call the series a legend in the following years, with its constantly deteriorating seasons, but it is certain that the series has sparked a lot of discussion and opened the way for a new strategy to tell the younger generation.