Sex Education Season 3 Review

It’s another spectacular and star-studded performance for the infamous cast of Moordale Secondary.
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The third season of the incredibly popular Netflix show Sex Education was released on Friday, September 17. The show sees main characters such as Otis (Asa Butterfield) and Maeve (Emma Mackay) return for their final year at Moordale Secondary under the new leadership of Hope Haddon (Jemima Kirke). Hope aims to transform the school after it was shamed by the local press, granting it the nickname ‘Sex School’ after rumours surfaced in Season 2 that Moordale was subject to an outbreak of chlamydia.

Sex Education is renowned for tackling many topical sexual health issues through many of the characters storylines, and the third season seems to continue this trend. Several of these issues include myths surrounding sex, sexual orientation and sexual identities.

Season 3 includes a storyline between Adam (Connor Swindells) and Eric (Ncuti Gatwa) which deals with people feeling shame around their sexual orientation. In several of the Season 3 scenes, Adam is embarrassed about his relationship with Eric when fellow classmates laugh at him when he walks into the changing room holding Eric’s hand. Throughout the season, Adam is reluctant to tell his mother that Eric is not only his friend but that they are dating, but he realises towards the end of the season that he can no longer keep it from her and he is no longer ashamed of who he is. This issue of shame is also shown through Lily (Tanya Reynolds) and Ola’s (Patricia Allison) storyline, as Lily becomes ashamed of her sexual fantasies involving aliens and wants to change who she is.

This is an important issue within not only the LGBTQ+ community but also for the wider society. Sex Education tackles this issue well within Adam and Eric’s storyline, as Adam comes to terms with his emotions and sexual preferences. It is great to see modern television shows tackle issues such as these since shows in the previous decades did not dare to tread into this territory.

This season also continues Aimee (Aimee Lou Wood)’s incredibly important storyline surrounding her sexual assault in the second season. In this season, Aimee is trying to cope with the post-trauma of the events of the last term, as she admits that she has a fear of intimacy with her boyfriend Steve (Chris Jenks) and no longer loves her body. Sex Education aims to show that victims of sexual assault are not alone and that professional help is always available. Aimee seeks the help of Otis’ mum Dr Jean Milburn (Gillian Anderson). Jean helps Aimee comes to terms with the traumatic event she experienced and what she can do to finally heal herself and move on with her life.

The new season also continues Maeve’s storyline involving her rocky relationship with her Mum (Anne-Marie Duff) after her sister Elsie was placed into foster care. In the second season, Maeve called the police on her Mum after she suspected she was consuming drugs around Elsie, in which social services took Elsie into care.

All questions are also answered regarding Isaac deleting Otis’ voicemail to Maeve, confessing his feelings to her.

The third season of Sex Education is certainly on par with the first two seasons, as teenagers deal with complicated issues such as sex, relationships and trauma. All three seasons of Sex Education are available to stream exclusively on Netflix.

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