Sex Education season 3 is out now, and the first reviews are in.
We know it's going to be good when the opening montage is as raunchy as it is creative (just wait until you see Ola and Lily's costumes).
Fans couldn't wait for the new series to drop, but as much as everyone was excited for it, some of the reviews have been mixed.
One critic noted Otis' unorthodox sex clinic is no more, leaving a hole in the show.
The third season also goes beyond solely following the will-they-won't-they relationship of Otis and Maeve, which may upset some fans who were desperate to see the pair kiss as soon as they returned on screen.
The focus has gone wider, with more students introduced and different relationships given more attention. Are these new characters and plot lines too much?
Well, the heart of Sex Education is definitely still there, and for a show with representation and respect at its core, new characters who represent this diversity and can take the plot beyond the traditional leads are to be embraced.
'Cal, non-binary, POC, they/them. Representation matters,' wrote one fan on Twitter.
The second season of Sex Education was released on Netflix in January 2021, bringing back to screens the beloved yet flawed characters Otis, Eric, Maeve, Amy, Adam and Jean, while also introducing us to some new names that we have come to know and love just as much as the original cast.
The series was praised for addressing crucial themes, like the problematic lack of sex and relationships education in schools, but also sexual assault, LGBTQ+ relationships and self-discovery.
Prior to the confirmation of season three, one of the biggest clues that another instillment was due, was that season two finale. After a will-they-won't-they storyline surrounding Maeve and Otis - involving Maeve revealing her true feelings for her sex clinic colleague and, a few episodes later, Otis rushing to tell Maeve how he feels - we were left with one heck of a cliffhanger...
Many viewers were left shouting at the TV when Maeve's new friend and neighbour Isaac deletes the voicemail from Otis declaring his undying love - surely Netflix couldn't leave it like that?
In case you haven't finished binging it yet, here's everything we know about the third season, plus a recap on what happened last season.
*The below contains spoilers for seasons one and two of Sex Education*
What happened in Sex Education season 2?
Frankly, what didn't happen? A lot was covered in the revolutionary programme's offering. With so much going on we have broken it down into our standout moments:
Aimee's bus sexual assault storyline
One of the most powerful storylines that was woven through season 2, spanning several of the episodes, was when Aimee gets sexually assaulted on a bus. Challenging the long-held belief that women and girls are supposed to play down and get on with it when a man exposes himself, gropes them or, in Aimee's awful case, masturbates onto her, the show hammered home the message that all these scenarios, familiar to many women, count as sexual assault.
“It’s just a stupid bus.”
undoubtedly the best scene in sex education :’) pic.twitter.com/PTW8pWmPMH
— courtney (@infamousmargot) January 17, 2020
Throughout the series, we see how the incident has affected Aimee with flashbacks, her hesitancy to be close to her boyfriend Steve and a newly developed phobia of catching the bus to school. The matter culminates with a standout scene, when the unlikely friendship group of girls at Moordale: Maeve, Ola, Lily, Olivia and Viv, support Aimee by getting on the bus with her.
In June, Aimee Lou Wood - who plays Aimee - deservedly won a BAFTA for her Sex Education role.
When new pictures were released of season three, it looks like Aimee is as formidable as ever in season three, joined side by side with best friend Maeve and boyfriend Steve:
Adam's character development
Adam was one of the most divisive characters of season one, due to the way he bullied Eric. As season one ended, and it became clear that Adam was struggling with his sexuality, we were intrigued to see where his character would go after being sent to military school by his father, the headteacher Mr Groff.
Though Adam is the quietest character in the series, he has one of the most interesting narratives. Struggling to come to terms with his bisexuality, his inability to love himself, issues with his father, new found friendship with Ola and trying to make amends with Eric and recognising how cruel he had been, all came to the forefront. All this serious stuff aside, he provided us with some of the funniest moments of the series too.
In a sneak-peek photo from season 3, we see Adam and Eric together holding hands and looking very happy, suggesting this relationship will be explored further from September.
Eric and Rahim and Ola and Lily
One way that Sex Education differs from the usual shows that cover sex is its equal inclusion of queer relationships. This season, we were blessed with newcomer Rahim, who proved to be comfortable in himself, to treat Eric the way he is supposed to be treated and who was also just a funny character.
After Ola breaks up with Otis, we are also invited into her journey of self-discovery as she falls for friend Lily.
Otis' house party
The notoriously uptight Otis decides to hold a house party to show both Ola and Maeve just how fine he is. After he is dissuaded from cooking a roast chicken and Eric turns the event into a house party, we see the main character truly let loose. Otis drunk dancing is one of the best moments of the series in our opinion.
Jackson and the introduction of Viv
This season we viewed Jackson through an entirely new lens, away from Maeve and swimming. His struggle with mental health was put on show, educating viewers about the different ways that anxiety, panic attacks and self-harm can manifest. His unlikely friendship with newcomer Viv was an absolute joy to watch too.
Will the original cast reunite for Sex Education season 3?
By the looks of thing, the original cast will come back together for the third season of the show.
In September, several of the series’ actors came together for a hilarious video to announce that the show was returning to our screens.
‘DID YOU HEAR ME SCREAMING???’ one Instagram user commented on the video.
Another added: ‘YES YES FINALLY SOME GOOD NEWS’
Girls' star Jemima Kirke is alsos wapping the streets of New York for a school in Wales to shoot for the third season of Sex Education.
On June 24, Netflix confirmed the rumours that Kirke would be playing Moordale's new headteacher Hope, who tries to return the school 'to a pillar of excellence'.
Another new exciting cast member added to the mix is Harry Potter actor Jason Isaacs (who fans will remember as playing the Death Eater and father-of-Draco, Lucius Malfoy). Isaacs will portray Peter Groff, former headmaster Groff's 'more successful and not very modest' older brother.
Also joining the cast is actor Dua Selah who will play Cal - a non-binary classmate at Moordale - in their acting debut.
When is Sex Education season 3's release date?
We have good news. On June 24, Netflix announced that the third season of the hit show would arrive on September 17, 2021.
The news comes after Netflix confirmed that the third series of the hit show was back in production after the Coronavirus pandemic delayed its original April 2020 shooting schedule.
Is there a trailer for Sex Education season 3?
After the cast starred in a hilarious makeshift advert for Moordale - under its new leadership of Headmistress, Hope - where the characters encouraged prospective students to 'choose Moordale' in their typical ways, the first trailer arrived on September 7, 10 days before the third season returns:
The trailer suggests Hope will try to instil a tougher leadership upon Moordale's students, who are now in uniform and subject to a horrendously backward sex education experience. It also looks like Adam and Eric are giving things a go, Otis (now showcasing a dodgy moustache) and Maeve are still struggling with their feelings and Aimee seeks help from Jean.
On August 16, a month before the show returns to our screens, Netflix also released a series of first-look photos of the upcoming series, showing uniform-clad students like Eric and Otis:
While we're not jumping to any conclusions after that season two cliffhanger, we also have the satisfaction of Otis and Maeve stood side-by-side:
Stay tuned for more information...
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