(O): "What are you looking at?"
(R): "Your eyebrows look bad today."
Sex Education spoilers:
And I wasn’t able to get this one with subtitles but:
I still can’t get over Ruby asking Otis "why?" when he said he wanted to get to know her better because probably none of her past relationships or hookups were interested in getting to know her, which is why she also just assumes Otis wants to have sex with her again when he offered to help her with her dad after they just had sex. You can tell by her face he caught her off guard because probably no one has showed interested in her like that before.
Otis, texting Eric: Eric! Help, I’m being kidnapped.
Eric: Where are you?
Otis: I’m with some strange person. In a car. Help.
Eric: I’ll call Maeve.
Maeve, answering their cell: Y’ello?
Eric: Where’s Otis? They texted me that they were being kidnapped.
Maeve: Otis? Whaddya mean, they're right next to me-
Maeve: I’ll call you back. *hangs up*
Maeve: THE NEW HAIRCUT ISN’T THAT BAD!
Otis: WHO ARE YOU?!
y'all can say whatever you want about Otis, love me some character criticism, but the fact that he is a male cishet character without an ounce of homophobia in his body will never stop being the most refreshing thing for me. we need more characters like that.
Mandy Milkovich walked so Maeve Wiley could run
I’ve watched the sixth episode of the second season of “Sex Education”. You know what – the more I watch the series the less I like Otis. Because he starts acting like an asshole. (Spoilers!) He sees Ola getting out of the cabinet where his mother works at school, so he steals Doctor Milburn’s notebook where she took notes about students’ sexual problems, to find out what did Ola discuss with his mother. Also, Otis arranges a “small gathering” at his house, but Eric invites a little more people but they also invite people and it turns out to be a huge party with much more people than Otis anticipated. Eric invites Maeve because he thinks that she and Otis need to talk. She takes her new neighbour Isaak (the one who stole her gas and got her to dance) with her and they even have some pretty good time at the party. Otis gets drunk and texts Ola that she has to come and pick up some stuff. When both Ola and Maeve are at his house and he’s very drunk he decides to give a speech in which he offends them both and, so, they both leave. Some more stuff happens on the party: Aimee has problems – she can’t have sex with her boyfriend anymore, she starts seeing (hallucinating) the man who harassed her and she runs off the party saying Steve that she probably doesn’t want a boyfriend anymore; Viv helps Jackson through his anxiety attack and after finding out that he hurt his hand on purpose, she tells about it his parents; Adam comes to the party too and sees Eric and Rahim kissing, Eric notices him and goes to talk, Eric says to Adam that he (Eric) worked so hard to love himself he can’t go back to hate and shame and Adam can’t even hold his hand in public. After leaving the party Adam and Ola both frustrated (and Ola very angry, which is understandable) go to “smash stuff” together. Well, while all that teenage drama and destroying of the house is happening, Jean and Maureen go for a drink and dance together and have a very good time. When Mrs Groff comes home drunk and says that she was with Doctor Milburn her husband, who doesn’t want a divorce becomes adamant it’s her fault that his wife wants it. In the morning Mr Groff saw Otis stealing his mother’s notebook, so the headmaster, who has keys from all the lockers, he at his turn steals it from Otis and xeroxes it. When Jean comes home, she finds her house, well not in ruins, but it’s close. She also finds her son in bed with Ruby. Something’s going to happen in the next episode.
Watching season 3 of Sex Education has caused the song Fuck the Pain Away to be endlessly stuck in my head. I’m not mad about it though.
Otis is the real villain of Sex Education 3 and there’s no changing my mind.
If yall don’t believe me I’ll post an explanation ;)
British teen dramedy Sex Education Season 3, created by Laurie Nunn, wrestles with personal growth and society’s need to de-individualize people. Season 3 begins with young conservative Hope Haddon (Jemima Kirke) taking over as headmistress of Moordale Secondary School.
Hope tries to rehabilitate Moordale Secondary School’s reputation as the “Sex School” by creating an authoritarian environment that leaves no room for individuality or creativity. Communication plays a vital role in a lot of characters’ personal growth and the mending of relationships. Unfortunately, the Sex Education writers left the headmistress as a one-note villain.
Sex Education Season 3’s weakest link
Sex Education Season 3’s weakest link is that the depiction of Headmistress Hope Haddon feels one-dimensional. Hope is villainous because she forces students to wear uniforms to stop the queer students from dressing flamboyantly.
She constantly punishes one of the few non-gender binary students, American Cal Bowman (Dua Saleh), and teaches fear-mongering abstinence sex education. She fires head boy Jack Marchetti (Kedar Williams-Stirling) for advocating for Cal and protecting the vulgar historic wall of penises. We never fully understand why Hope is so backward beyond wanting to clean up the school’s image.
Hope comes off as a caricature of a bullying principal. The writers try to humanize her through her infertility problems, but it is not enough. We have no sense of her life outside of school. The headmistress’ veneer of hipness because of her youth doesn’t make a whole personality.
The first headmaster was also strict and unyielding. Michael Groff’s (Alistair Petrie) three-dimensionality came from learning that he cared too much about his reputation. He rode his disruptive son Adam (Connor Swindells) hard. We got to see Headmaster’s Groff homelife making him feel like a human being rather than just a caricature.
A Symbol of Censorship
Headmistress Haddon turns Moordale Secondary School into a symbol of censorship, society fitting everybody into a box, and penalizing rebel artists. For instance, the new school uniforms are a perfect example of how the new Moordale headmistresses have disdain for uniqueness or queerness.
Haddon decides to require school uniforms because the popular Gay student Anwar Bakshi (Chaneil Kular) wears a bright red pimp hat, an unbuttoned black leather jacket with flames, no shirt, black straps, and leather pants. The headmistress unconscious homophobia shines through.
She equates queerness with overt sexuality. Haddon harasses Cal for wearing a loose-fitting boy’s school uniform because they were assigned female at birth. She refuses to respect that Cal doesn’t feel comfortable wearing even one piece of women’s clothing or anything tight because it displays parts of their body they don’t like.
Hope exposes her homophobia by not allowing pansexual Ola Nyman (Patricia Allison) to wear an LGBTQA plus rainbow pin. Students are only allowed to wear school pins. She takes school uniformity to the extreme. Haddon even controls everybody’s hairstyles or makeup.
Maeve Wiley (Emma Mackey) can’t dye her hair blue. Lily Iglehart’s (Tanya Reynolds) Princess Leia-style hairstyle and bright makeup is a no-go at Moordale. Haddon hates that Lily writes alien erotica and refuses to sanitize herself in public. Therefore, she forces Lily, Cal, and Adam to wear whiteboard signs around their necks with an individualized embarrassing message at school. Moordale Secondary becomes a dystopian space under Hope Haddon’s leadership.
Michael’s Character Transformation in Sex Education Season 3
Michael goes through the most significant character transformation in Sex Education Season 3 because he sheds himself of society’s expectations for men. At the start of the season, the ex-headmaster lives with his older brother, macho Peter Groff (Jason Issacs). Nobody will hire Michael because of the scandal and the fact that he is overqualified for everything. He mops around town, trying to pretend not to be desperate.
Flashback scenes to his childhood reveal that Michael’s stiffness and emotional unavailability come from being mentally abused by his father and a young Peter for his clumsiness, sensitivity, and enjoying cooking with his mother. He became hardened to survive. Michael’s aggressive nature comes from being socialized with toxic masculinity.
Groff’s whole world opens when he starts therapy with sex therapist Jean Milburn (Gillian Anderson). Michael doesn’t want to be miserable for the rest of his life, so he asks Jean to help him change.
Jean suggests that Michael find something that brings him joy. Michael re-discovers his love of cooking. And he no longer cares about Peter’s opinion of his “feminine” pursuit or being called “Megan.” The ex-headmaster stops socializing with his brother. Michael even opens up to his estranged wife, Maureen Groff (Samantha Spiro), leading them to have passionate sex.
One of My Favorite Parts of this Series
One of my favorite parts of Sex Education is how characters communicate clearly with one another. Many teen dramas lazily create conflict by having the characters never talk honestly about their feelings. Perhaps because therapy is a big part of this British Dramedy, the teen characters are blunt to one another.
Otis Milburn (Asa Butterfield) tells his girlfriend, fashionable Ruby Matthews (Mimi Keene), that he doesn’t love her. While Otis’ confession leads to their breakup, he doesn’t hide from the conversation. Eventually, Otis and his long-time crush Maeve end up together, but she gets accepted into an American Academic program for gifted students. She always takes care of other people.
Maeve finally chooses herself and goes to the American program. Maeve grows as a character by taking help from others and believing that she will have a better future. All of these honest conversations move the story forward and leads to personal growth.
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MAEVE WILEY (sex education)
“I’m really smart, sir. I’d read all of Jane Austen by the time I was 12. Including her lesser known work, Lady Susan, which is a severely underrated piece of feminist literature.”
I don't understand how people can ship Rotis over Motis. Ruby treats Otis like shit, tried to change him into someone he wasn't just so he'd fit her and her friends' aesthetic. Even after making their relationship official, she still treated him like a personal assistant (or should I say slave?) and insulted him. She might've told him that she loved him, but I'm glad they broke up because Otis deserves better. Is Ruby an interesting character? Yes. Definitely. I think there's a lot to her that I'm excited to find out about, but not as Otis' girlfriend. We need a new character who would be a perfect fit for Ruby. Someone who keeps her in check, gives her a treat of her own medicine from time to time to bring her back to reality and make her realize that the world is not revolving around her! Someone who's character is similar to Ruby's. That would be interesting to see. Otis and Ruby are better of as friends, but even as friends Ruby should stop being such a bitch towards him. The whole show was literally always about Maeve and Otis and them tip toeing around each other when it comes to their feelings and I'm so glad they finally got their shit together. I really hope we get to explore them as a couple more in season 4. I wanna see that dynamic because their chemistry is just amazing. And most importantly: they have feelings for each other. Otis never loved Ruby. That's just the way it is.
Sex Education x Friendship.
SEX EDUCATION | 3.01
I would like to get to know you better. If you’d let me.
i think isaac is overhated... i mean sure, what he did was wrong. he shouldn’t’ve deleted that voice message. he shouldn’t’ve gone through maeve’s phone. but hating that guy just because he did that one thing is extremely stupid. he admitted his fault. he told maeve about it. he said he felt threatened and wanted to protect maeve (which she didn’t need, ofc but still). otis did some extremely dumb and mean stuff throughout the show. so did a lot of characters. i don’t see anyone hating them like the way isaac is hated? i guess what i’m trying to say is that isaac is one of the best characters in the show who doesn’t deserve all the hate <3