A common bandwagon of popular opinion that has been going around is that Netflix is spending money like crazy without paying too much attention to the quality of content. While it is perhaps at least to some degree a result of a self-perpetuating confirmation bias that has settled down over the last couple years, some of it can also be attributed to Netflix’s dogged attempts at brute-forcing their way out of the stigma by bringing in famous names on-board.
While there can always be arguments for and against that, what is inarguable is the conversation that some of the Netflix shows generate. A prime example of that being ‘Sex Education’. The show is based on an awkward teenager who is ambivalent about sex and goes on to become an internet sensation.
It originally released on the platform in January 2019. So, it is but obvious that fans of the show want to know the hows and whens of ‘Sex Education’ season 2. So, here goes…
Sex Education Cast: Who’s in it?
While much of the show’s curb appeal in the UK come from Asa Butterfield and Gillian Anderson, who both have something of international fame both in the world of films and the silver screen, the show does incorporate some relatively new actors and actresses.
Asa Butterfield plays Otis, the protagonist – so fluidly that it’s too hard to tell if he is acting at all, and of course, this is only coupled with the great chemistry he shares with Gillian Anderson (Dr. Jean, Otis’ mother), owing to which the mother-son dynamic almost naturally sets the comic tone without trying. But their presence is almost eclipsed in some scenes by the raw talent Eric’s actor, Ncuti Gatwa exhibits. We can rest easy that this Netflix hit will surely pave his way for an exciting career, and we are enthused to see more of his work.
Emma Mackey almost pulls off a Margot Robbie look as Maeve – as the fanbase is riled up about. Ncuti Gatwa plays Eric Effiong, Otis’s best friend who is gay and comes from a religious Nigerian family. Emma Mackey stars as Maeve Wiley, a social outcast and bad-girl who eventually befriends Otis and begins the therapy clinic with him. Connor Swindells plays Adam Groff, the headmaster’s son who bullies Eric. Kedar Williams-Stirling stars as Jackson Marchetti, the head boy at Moordale Secondary School and a swimming champion.
For season 2, the entirety of the main cast will be returning to the show – which means we will see Asa, Gillian, Ncuti, Emma Mackey, as well as Connor Swindells, Alistair Petrie, Mimi Keene, Aimee Lou Wood, Chaneil Kular, Simone Ashley, Tanya Reynolds, Mikael Persbrandt, Patricia Allison, and James Purefoy again. Since the setting might be the school again, we will probably also see recurring characters and their respective acting talents like Jim Howick as Mr. Hendricks again as well.
Among the newcomers, we meet Chinenye Ezeuduhave as Viv – a talented student who is forever unsuccessful in love; Sami Outalbali as a French student named Rahim; and George Robinson as Isaac; another student who moves into Maeve’s caravan park.
Sex Education Plot: What is it about?
To outline the premise briefly, Sex Education starts out a lot like many sex comedies, placing the protagonist as the butt of the joke. Otis (Asa Butterfield) is a socially awkward teenager who is unable to masturbate successfully – but that’s where the unconventional break from the tropes begin: nearly all the characters in the show are underpinned by at least one form of neurotic hijinks/eccentric obsession or the other – but never at the expense of making them a caricature.
Otis, after inadvertently becoming a counselor to the sexual problems of Adam, the school bully, teams up with Maeve to open up their own sex therapy clinic to diagnose the school kids (as bizarre an idea as any, but the plot is so well-written that the strangeness of the developments will never bother you).
At its core, however, Sex Education is about Otis’ coming of age story, while all the other characters also have their own simultaneous changes and epiphanies – and we presume that season 2 will be no different in this regard.
Season 2, in fact, promises to be even wilder. We do know that in season 1, Otis and Maeve’s sex clinic at school ends up in a complicated mess. The new season begins with Moordale battling a Chlamydia outbreak. Again, a group of new kids arrives on campus and all they want is to interfere and create a stir.
On the other hand, Otis is having relationship issues with girlfriend Ola and needs to improve his bond with Maeve, who is getting closer to Aimee. Otis makes a discovery about the entanglement between his mom and Jakob. Now, he has to figure out how to survive in a blended family.
Sex Education Season 2 Release date: When will it premiere?
Sex Education season 1 premiered on January 11, 2019, on Netflix, in all its entirety of eight episodes. Soon after, in February 2019, Netflix confirmed a second season of the show.
Creator and writer, Laurie Nunn confirmed the news in a statement where she said, “The reception to season one has been so exciting. Seeing how people across the world have connected to characters that began as ideas in my head is incredible. I’m hugely grateful to every person that has taken the time to watch the series, and I can’t wait to continue this amazing journey.”
Well, Netflix has also released the official premiere date for the second season. ‘Sex Education’ season 2 is slated to premiere on January 17, 2020. The upcoming season will consist of eight new episodes.
Sex Education Trailer:
You can watch the trailer for season 2 below:
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