At the premiere of Netflix's new Selena Gomez-produced series 13 Reasons Why, the pop star-turned-entertainment entrepreneur showed up dressed like a glamorous clementine.
Still with me? Why Clay doesn't just binge-listen after acquiring a tape player to get to the bottom of things is a bit of a puzzle.
"All in all, 13 Reasons Why is an excellent blend of teen drama and mystery that may, in later episodes, be dragged down by its grim tone..." But "13 Reasons Why" never feels like a whodunit, which is a plus. We've only become more entrenched in a social media world that gives the illusion of connectivity, but can just as easily be isolating.
The series begins at a high school going through the motions of grieving the late Hannah Baker (Langford) - locker shrines, sad-faced selfies and "know the signs" classroom lectures. And those tapes? They're labeled and numbered in blue nail polish-the same bold color Hannah was wearing on the last day of her life. For instance, the phone rings repeatedly while they talk, and the counselor closes his eyes or shakes his head at hard parts of the conversation. The limited series exposes dual narratives of Clay and Hannah, and a deeply moving story.
The 13-episode series, which Gomez executive produced, has always been a labor of love for the singer.
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"The producers did a nice job of depicting little things that add up to someone missing something important", Hu said.
While Gomez claimed she was "not a boss" on set, she did take a firm hand in the making of the show.
Grief, guilt, regret, shame, malice, detachment, denial - the feelings swarming through the kids in "13 Reasons Why" are deep and complicated, lest you think young-adult stories can only be about vampire hunger and love games. That makes the wrist-cutting scene an invention of the series' writers, and one that could potentially be harmful viewers who are struggling themselves. "I want people to know that every single life is valuable, that their voice can be heard, and that there are people who are willing to be there for them".
On one hand, the depiction of Hannah's suicide was consistent with the series' unflinching depiction of other traumas, but it was also an active choice from the show's writers.