Asa Butterfield, Emma Mackey and Gillian Anderson return in the second season of Sex Education. Netflix is quickly becoming the discerning viewer’s guide to sexuality what with the launch of Sex Explained, The Goop Lab and their racier offering Sex Education. It is a heartwarming British comedy about a boy who unwittingly becomes his high school’s de facto sex therapist along with his outcast friend, Maeve, (Emma Mackey) Asa Butterfield stars as Otis, Moordale's sex education therapist, Gillian Anderson as his (actual) sex therapist mother. Sex Education premiered early last year to rave reviews and ardent admirers. The newly released Season 2 trailer promises plenty of laughs, romance, and — you guessed it — awkward teen sex.
In season 1 Otis and his friend Maeve Wiley set-up a sex clinic at school to capitalize on his hidden talent of being a sex therapist. In season 2, as a late bloomer, Otis must master his newly discovered sexual urges in order to progress with his girlfriend Ola whilst also dealing with his now strained relationship with Maeve. Meanwhile, Moordale Secondary is in the throes of a chlamydia outbreak, highlighting the need for better sex education at the school and new kids come to town who will challenge the status quo. Otis (Asa Butterfield) is no longer the unofficial school sex therapist. Mortifyingly, his mother – an actual sex therapist, dismayed by the school’s sex and relationships education – installs herself in a classroom to offer advice and thus proves to be a direct competition to his ' sex clinic'. Otis’s best friend, Eric (Ncuti Gatwa), is smitten by a hot French student, Rahim. And the sullen but vulnerable Maeve (Emma Mackey) returns, coping with a nightmare mother (Anne-Marie Duff).
Season 2 like season 1 has a lot of sex to offer, well, that is what the title suggests. But this time around, the show also throws light on the serious side of relationships. Be it Groff's wife and her issues with her husband in the bedroom or the love triangle between Jean, Remi and Jakob or the one between Maeve, Otis and Ola. The show in the first season set off conversations on abortions, this season we see a lot of intense yet light-hearted takes on STDs, STIs, homosexuality and fetishes. With a lot of nuances, the makers have managed to put forth a show that handles sex and sexuality with a lot of authenticity and deftness. Every performance is unique and stellar and that is backed by some wonderful writing. One of the highlights of season 2 remains how Aimee gets sexually harassed on a bus and a defiant Maeve compels her to file a report to the police about the incident and stands by her throughout the ordeal. PS- There is a lot less of 'sex clinic in season 2, but a lot more candid talks on sex and sexuality.
PS- I don't usually talk highly of a lot of web series, but this is a show you must not miss in any case. This should go on your must-watch list.