Sex Education’s 2nd season stuns audiences


Juliette Ciullo

**Spoilers ahead**
In the second season, Sex Education rebuilt audiences’ favorite high school: Newport High. 
It’s raunchy but sensitive, comedic but emotional. The show illustrates far too often ignored complexities while still serving its function, entertainment. The skill required to captivate a younger audience while still maintaining a mild level of depth is remarkable and unique. 
The core of Sex Education is its characters. 
One of the most delightful and intricate characters of this season is Adam Groff, the headmaster’s son, played by Connor Swindells. Though this character may have started out as a homophobic bully, he grew to be a lonely, closeted boy that audiences quickly loved. 
Adam Groff may have originally isolated the audience with his harsh persona, but he was humanized because of his developing relationship with Eric. His innocence is perfectly exemplified when Ola says they’re friends, and he responds in shock. The sweeping hug that follows could win over even the most skeptical fan. 

The scene that stole most fan’s hearts was Adam’s dramatic proposal in front of the whole school, in which he finally admits to Eric his feelings, in the most innocent and heart-wrenching way. “I want to hold your hand,” Connor Swindells said. 
The biggest draw of the show is arguably that each of the characters shows heartwarming depths and retain their likeability. Otis, in particular, reveals darker aspects of his personality but still remains a “good guy.” 
Perhaps the more inspiring aspect of this show is the way it bluntly addresses social issues.
“The show responds to the questions people are afraid to ask, especially ones about sex education and sexual assault,” sophomore Sofia Ciullo said. “I really liked the way they show how even “minor” sexual assault impacts victims.”
Overall, this show has an open-minded way of examining teenagers, sex and life.
Graphic courtesy of ‘Sex Education’ | Sam Taylor/Netflix