Sex Education, a British show about teen sex quickly became a fan favourite among the fans and a staple on Netflix. Bringing well-known names like Gillian Anderson and Asa Butterfield while also bringing a bunch of newcomers to the scene like Ncuti Gatwa, Emma Mackey, Connor Swindells and many more.
All three recently appeared in the number one-grossing film of the year, Barbie. All these stars received their breakout roles in Sex Education and are now moving on to other projects. Gatwa will be taking over as the Fifteenth Doctor from David Tenant in November’s Doctor Who specials.
Sex Education has always been able to achieve what it’s targeted to do, talk about sex in an educational format while still adding to the comedy element, without feeling exploitive like other teen sex shows like Euphoria.
Though it still tends to show teen nudity even though the actors are all of age, it does so only in a way to educate its viewers on important matters about sex and their bodies.
Sex Education Final Season Review
This season tones down the nudity compared to the previous three seasons but when it does decide to show nudity, it’s to discuss topics such as the worries of having testicular cancer or finding your love language with your long-distance partner.
In Season 3, we move from Moordale High to Cavendish Sixth Form College where we get introduced to a whole new cast which also brings on new problems to solve.
For the most part, I loved the introduction of the new characters as it opened us to more transgender characters, being in a trans relationship, dealing with religion, trauma, disabilities and being open with your sexuality. Three of the new characters that stood out to me were Abbi, Roman and O. Abbi and Roman were the royal family of Cavendish and if there was ever an issue with their relationship, the whole school would be in turmoil, they’re both played by trans actors Anthony Lexa and Felix Mufti.
We also have O who came across paths with Otis once it was discovered that she was the other sex therapist on campus. Watching them duke it out in debates and the small conversations was interesting and we got to look into Otis deeper as a character and deal with his issues with sex. We also got to find out a lot about O, and her history with other characters as we delved into how she became the person she is.
Sex Education also brings the return of Issac, who is also played by the first disabled actor in the show, George Robinson. Like with every character you start to dislike at first in Sex Education, Season 4 of the show manages to redeem Issac and he starts to become a character that’s very relatable.
George Robinson shines in my favourite moment of the season and at this moment, he brings forth to the whole school’s realisation that the accessibility for disabled people in the school is barely nonexistent and they’re too focused on the unnecessary things that don’t actually help their unable students in any way.
As a disabled person myself, it’s good to finally see this topic finally be discussed in mainstream shows and tackled seriously. It proves once again that Sex Education succeeds in being inclusive with every group and tackling the topics that need to be spoken about, teaching the younger viewers of the show at the same time.
Unfortunately where I think the show starts to go slightly downhill is also with the new characters, while I’m a fan of their character arcs and how they interact with the original cast, it feels like they take up a lot of the runtime when it should’ve solely focussed on the original cast and closing up their characters.
Sex Education still manages to somehow close up the original cast’s character arcs while I have all these new characters but it just feels extremely convoluted with everything taking place and it feels clear that there was supposed to be a season or two, to wrap up everything nicely.
Sex Education finishes off nicely with this final season that manages to close up everyone’s character arcs, even the newly introduced characters but it does feel like there was a lot more story that could’ve been told if they had just one more season.
The climax of Sex Education sticks to its roots on what makes the show special and unique with touching every corner of inclusivity and diversity without ever seeming stereotypical and casting actors who represent their characters well.
Sex Education ended on a lovely note and will be dearly missed by the fans.
Rating: 4 out of 5