This post is brought to you by… Netflix.
Nope, Netflix isn’t paying me for this 😦 I was wondering what is the big deal with this show and I decided to watch it. I’ll be sharing my thoughts for each one of the episodes so…
Episode 1 Afterthoughts:
Love: I like Clay Jensen, is that good enough? He’s a good character that keeps the story going? I like the narration of the story and it is honest.
Hate: I was honestly surprised that people sent tapes in the 21st century. I was just like huh? Okay, I also didn’t get how the new student, Hannah Baker, gets to be the Math assistant so that she can know Justin’s time table? Nope, don’t make no sense to me. Why do 16 year old sophmores have tattoos on them?!
Episode 2 Afterthoughts:
Love: Love it cos she finally had some friends. Okay, I could tell she is depressed and all but I felt like she just didn’t reach out for help at all throughout. The road to recovery in mental illness is basically acceptance, she basically in denial of it which is what most mental health patients go through.
Hate: Friends left her. Then she takes it out on Clay when she asked her about her insecurities? I think she meant special to him, not in a retarded sense. So, I felt she was being a little sensitive where she lashed out at Clay? THAT WAS NOT OKAY. (Maybe a little biased to Clay).
Episode 3 Afterthoughts:
Love: The story progression is really good, like I can totally see why she would feel to turn to suicide.
Hate: It’s super vulgar, really visual and Hannah could have gone to her parents? I mean her parents are not in the tape right?!
Episode 4 Afterthoughts:
Love: It addresses stalking too, I can relate ahahaha. I liked that she made friends with Courtney, although it was a short-lived friendship.
Hate: I don’t understand why Hannah’s mum blames everyone for what is on toilet cubicles? Some could have been done a long time ago and from what I remember, none of them labelled Hannah.
I felt that this show was promoting drinking? They are all 16 right?
Also, Hannah isn’t the only victim, she practically dissed Tyler when he asked to hang out with her and he obviously released the photo >.> So, she ruined her own life? I don’t know, but she basically influenced everyone who got the tape to go to Tyler’s place. Aren’t you doing the same horrible thing that was done to you? Hannah, doesn’t that make equally bad? I don’t know.
Episode 5 Afterthoughts
Love: I keep saying this, I JUST LIKE THE PROGRESSION and the flashbacks are great and it is based on places as well. Love how Hannah was there for Jessica even though she was slapped by her. I also liked how Justin was protective over Jessica in present time.
Hate: I hated the ‘objectifying’ comment that Courtney made? I also hated how Clay’s mum was on the defence team of the lawsuit like HELLO, what’s there to defend when school was a contributing factor to her suicide.
Episode 6 Afterthoughts:
Love: Not even a reason.
Hate: I hated the violence at the start and imagine teenagers watching this and I’m also like why wasn’t anyone stopping Justin. WHY IS EVERYONE AFRAID TO STAND UP TO HIM .-.
And I was done with the show
I never watched another episode of it. And it is like, I wasn’t happy with anything anymore. I won’t lie that I actually felt the show was depressing to carry on watching. The whole drama was centred on a girl who went through everything? That includes molesting, bullying, rumours being spread, depression and so on.
I’m actually going to assume that Clay is on that tape because he didn’t protect her.
No Hannah, all I see is you being too trusting about the whole world, too nice to everyone. I believe that there is a good in every bad person and bad in every good person. All you focused on was the bad thing the person did to you but I’m sorry, people make mistakes, they do them unintentionally as per say.
Hannah, you took offence to what they said or did to you. Instead, you never once thought about how it could have been your fault for letting them treat you that way. I also think that you didn’t stand up for yourself while everything was going on, having studied your character in 6 episodes.
If someone were to spread rumours about me, I’d eventually find out and shut their face.
Rape being portrayed on the show? Not cool. It’s too visual and not something people would want to see. I don’t think it is ever easy if you get raped and oh, I freaking hate Bryce the first time I saw him. INSTANT HATE.
You went to a guidance counsellor, sure but, I guess you were too depressed to even take what he said with a pinch of salt which is to move on. It has already happened, it’s not like there’s a time machine to make you go back and fix it. no.
Okay, I don’t know how getting raped feels like but I have been molested in my pre-teens. I’m not ashamed to say that out loud, it makes you feel… dirty like you are the one in the wrong, but you are not. I didn’t stand up for myself which is exactly what Hannah Baker did as well.
But right now, I’m living to tell it and I’m never gonna let that happen to me again. The show would have been more impactful if she actually got help and lived to tell the tale. Instead, it is a gruesome show that I can’t even watch….
This show to me only promotes:
Negativity because the show actually portrayed how Hannah Baker took her life, in a bathtub by slashing her wrists I believe. This could actually influence people to do it, in that sense it can be impactful to teenagers with depression. Also addressing issues like bullying, showing how it is done can influence people to act on them.
Also, it is extremely graphic and research has shown that images have a more superior effect on us than words. This phenomenon is known as picture superior effect. The brain practically only takes 13 milliseconds to process an image. Therefore, these graphic images are bound to affect us in ways we can never imagine.
I’m not sure what’s the age rating for this, but I don’t think even I should be watching this. It should be M21 or something, I’m still 20 by the way. It’s too disturbing to watch, the swearing, the violence, the mature acts and cutting. I think no one should watch this for the matter of fact.
In conclusion, I can’t see how a graphic drama would make people reach out for help when they are depressed when the drama shows how to end their life. Suicide isn’t so simple as to reaching out, this series’ portrayal of depression is DEPRESSING to watch.
Why I can comment on this?
I went for a course on mental illnesses, I have a certificate to prove it too.
Suicide is never so simple as to be based on how people treat you especially if the party is depressed. Depression is due to the lack of dopamine (correct me if I am wrong). It is due to the lack of the chemical, not because of what people really say. Yes, words hurt but there aren’t the primary cause here. The show makes it seem so simple as though what people say are the cause of depression and suicide, people are born with that way and all it takes is a trigger.
To me sending tapes to the people who’ve hurt you after you’ve died seems to be sending a message that it’s ok if people hurt you just commit suicide and they’ll live in guilt forever.
THAT IS HYPOCRITICAL
All I’m saying is this show is vicious and not for human viewing.
For the record, I hate it if you haven’t caught on.