There is something magical in chronicling adolescence and related emotional turmoil. When we breathe it in deeply, we hardly remember it like this (or at least, mine was a crescendo of anger towards the whole world, but that’s it, hormones go in every direction) or at least we are unable to grasp its nuances.
As observers we are infallible: we see one or another attitude, we grasp the feeling, the melancholy, the intrinsic actions. Well, I really don’t know how many years have passed since the last series in which I became so passionate about their stories young protagonistsa very distinct story arc, evolved over the course of the episodes as well as the seasonsnot without narrative flaws, but still alive, capable of getting straight to the purest feeling, dormant in every spectator who harbors the need, the dream of becoming attached to this or that couple.
Sex Education closes the circle and its story with this fourth and final season. It all started with Otis and Maeve and then expanded to many other protagonistsgiving the project ample scope and, just in the last season, it was underlined that managing so many characters is absolutely not easy.
The fourth season is that of definitive closure and even before putting the final word. There are many characters who, with a well-defined narrative device, will not return in these last eight episodes. Furthermore, the feeling of having too many irons in the fire and too many parentheses to close is resolved by moving the final weeks to the characters most in need of defining the narrative path.
It all started with Otis and Maeve and will end with them, the only certainty for which we waited so long, too long, almost painfully together with the characters to understand how much of their feeling was true, sweet and passionate, despite the fact that outside there was the team cheering for Otis with Ruby. Schools end and adulthood approaches, and then that salty taste in clothes, the acrid adolescent smell that soaks into the sweaty skin begins to fade.
Con Maeve who divides her time between the United States and England (here for these extremely close family members) the connection between the two boys highlights how much everyone has changed since the first episode of the first season. In an instant we return to that sweet moment of Otis waiting for Meave outside a building, while the girl makes the first of a series of difficult decisions.
this fourth season of sex education is a hymn to growth
Ecco, the fourth season of Sex Education is a hymn to growth, to evolution, which closes the series in the best possible way, especially when compared to the childish and visceral instincts initially implemented by each character. The clinic is always a central pivot of the story and remains the great metaphor for concrete help in the sexual sphere as well as in the couple’s sphere.
The new school, extremely “fluid” it immerses old and new protagonists in a world that they must share and even save, why not. But if it is true that no one saves themselves, then also Otis and Maeve need help to grow, overcome themselves, abandon adolescence, overcome traumas which require the use and attendance of a clinic, whether for sex or love.
Sex Education is the dirtiest parenthesis of adolescence, full of orgasms, heart in mouth, sex toys and various experiments. A chaos both physical and mental that leaves the best possible flavor in our mouths, the one that only a good series can leave; Despite her ups and downs in quality, she has always been able to speak truthfully and make our Tuscaloosa hearts melt at Otis and Maeve’s highly anticipated first kiss.
Type: commedia, drama
Interpreters: Asa Butterfield, Gillian Anderson, Ncuti Gatwa, Emma Mackey
Duration: 8 episodes