Sex Education Season 4, will feature the students of Moordale Secondary who jeopardised their school’s funding after a bold and colourful display on Opening Day of their school.
Otis and Eric will attend the Cavendish Sixth Form College. While Otis is nervous about setting up his clinic, Eric is praying they won’t become losers again. However, Cavendish turns out to be a whole new world for them. The popular kids at Cavendish are famous for their ‘kindness.’ However, Otis is neither the only child at his home nor the only therapist in the school.
It’s Review Time (Season 4): 6
Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
The story continues for the young adults of Moordale High School as they graduate from high school and pursue their dreams and careers with further professional studies. Most of the students pursue their further studies in the college nearby, Cavendish College. Maeve (Emma Mackey) pursues her dream to become a writer at Wallace University, in the United States of America.
We see our loved characters interact with the new friends and acquaintances they make in their new college, but also, we see them continue their friendships and relationships with their old friends and manage their personal, health, and career problems as well.
This season could be one of the most underwhelming seasons we have watched in this series. Being one of the best and most popular teen dramas on Netflix, Sex Education’s Season 4 does not deliver on the scale and stature they have built for themselves over the years.
Writers of the show somehow seemed to have lost themselves in the current scenario and political awakening that has been going on in the West as they included the topic of sexuality and identity as an issue to be addressed as well. But being the final season of the series, it felt like the entire topic was rushed and dragged throughout this season to just be inclusive and considerate of the current social issues. Because of adding up another issue of sexuality and identity, the show seems to have lose its focus from giving a proper ending to the characters we have been watching from the year 2019.
Rest considering the visual quality of the show, everything remains the same, the elegance of the vast beauty we get to see of the United Kingdom is still continued in this season as well. Whether it was the cinematography, dialogues, or every single aspect that made the show interesting and fun is still carried on.
After watching the complete season, I believe that if the writers had not included the aspect of sexuality and identity and had focused more on giving a better ending to the characters would have ended the show better. Or if this season would not have been the last season, it could have been more interesting to watch in the next season.
5 things I liked about the final season of Sex Education:
Let’s first discuss about the things that I liked the most about this season. Although there were not many things I liked this season, it still left some decent impressions while I watched and experienced the ending of the only teen drama I watched.
- The continuity of the show remains perfect. Even though the actors of the show had some success in their careers, they have been working on various different projects, especially Emma Mackey who recently starred in one of the famous blockbusters, Barbie. Whether it was the senior actors or the young prospects, their dress up, styling, and mannerisms remained the same as in past seasons.
- Mr. Molloy (Dan Levy), was perfect as the toxic teacher a student can face or get mentored from in their life. We see that Mr. Thomas Molloy, who is a writing teacher of Maeve, is self-obsessed and has a narcissistic approach when we know how difficult life Maeve has had, and the troubles she has faced in her life to reach where she is today. However, later we do see Mr. Molloy apologise to Maeve that he was harsh on her for her own benefit and so that she could be even better. But Maeve beautifully describes that not everyone has had an easy life, some people struggle and sacrifice a lot to reach the place where most people reached easily.
- The song choices by the director were brilliantly hand-picked. The songs were beautifully added in various scenes which easily described the scenarios and situations we were watching the characters in.
- The new characters that outshined the lot were O/Sarah Owen (Thaddea Graham) and Joanna (Lisa McGrills). Both these characters were really hateable and punchable, but by the time we approached the end of the season, both these characters had their redemption and became more likeable. Even though their character development was done really fast because they had a limited number of episodes. The best character arc in the entire series still remains for Ruby Matthews (Mimi Keene).
- The emotional ride this season takes us on was written and executed really well. Whether it was the relationship and friendship hassle of Maeve & Otis (Asa Butterfield), Otis & Ruby, Otis & Eric (Ncuti Gatwa), Aimee (Aimee Lou Wood) & Isaac (George Robinson), Adam (Connor Swindells) & his father Michael (Alistair Petrie), were really heart-warming to watch. Although, most of them did get a happy ending, watching Otis and Maeve being separated was not something that I wanted to see happen at the end of the series.
5 things I disliked about the final season of Sex Education:
There were many things that I did not like in the final season of Sex Education. Some I have discussed above as well, and I might highlight on them again.
- The writers got too woke considering the average density and ratio of the sexuality distribution. When we are introduced to the Cavendish College, the sexuality distribution is completely inverse of real life. And considering that the show focuses on keeping things realistic and close to what people actually experience, the sexuality distribution was way off the charts. Yes, we can consider the writers’ liberty if we are watching a show about teenagers, but the balance the series maintained from the very first episode and the way writers discussed the taboo of homosexuality was somewhat disrupted with this season.
- In this season, we hardly get to see the students having any sort of interaction with their teachers. Earlier, we used to see the characters having some or other issue which even used to lead up to the teachers getting involved, and which actually made sense as teachers do play a big part in the life of a student. But in this season, I don’t think any teacher even interacted for more than 2 minutes with any student.
- Most of the cast and characters from the school were eliminated in this season. Yes, I do get that the students have graduated and moved on in their lives, but writers completely eliminated them from the series and we do not even get a proper ending for them felt like those characters were just a waste of time to watch. Whether it was Ruby’s friends or the ex-partner of Aimee, we don’t know what happened to them.
- While watching this season, viewers can feel like the writing of this season was lazy, which eventually made this season boring to watch. There were many scenes where to story was just dragged forcefully to obtain and kill some watch-time. I would have rather wanted one less episode or less duration of episodes if the writers were not thoughtful enough on how to carry the scenes.
- And at last, we get a scene where we see that the beggar who interacted with Eric was actually a god. This was one of the most bizarre things I have ever watched in my life of watching the world of cinema and series. This was one of the stupidest things I have ever watched happen in any show. I don’t know who greenlit such a story arc, but for me, I expected a lot more from the writers of this show.