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Sex Education Season 4 Review  

3/5 Stars

Season 4 marked the long-awaited return of our favourite confused and promiscuous adolescent characters for one final season, but did it live up to the hype and its own high standards? In short, this season was certainly a mixed bag, starting very slowly, with some shallow storylines but eventually building to a satisfactory end, with several unique heartfelt moments that the show has become so famous for over the course of its 5-year lifespan. 

As a big fan of the show and an avid binge-watcher, I was expecting to blitz through this season, yet getting through the first two episodes felt like quite a chore, which shocked me. The complete change in the school environment from Moordale to Cavendish was difficult to adapt to. We went from witnessing an exaggerated but ultimately quite realistic school experience (well… initially, before the whole sex school-play thing), to a utopian-style college in which everyone was kind, and even gossiping was outlawed. I saw a good tweet (on X or whatever you’re supposed to call it now) which stated that this is how 40-year-old’s view Gen Z which made me chuckle. It honestly just possessed an artificial and surreal feel to it, and the show missed the grittiness and bitchiness that, season 1 and 2 especially, portrayed so well. Also, does Thanos exist in this universe? Because half of the cast just vanished with very little explanation except for Jakob and Jean’s split.   

Whilst their replacements were okay, in comparison to the characters that we’ve spent 5 years now watching, they were bound to seem quite shallow in comparison. These new characters were also significantly hampered by some of our favourite character’s stories, with a need to develop the newbies quickly over the short span of 8 episodes. The introduction of ‘O’ and her rivalry with Otis took away time from his relationship with Maeve and the presence of a new Eric-friendly BNOC (big names on campus) group kept him distant from his best friend. Therefore, a lot of the season lacked the winning recipe that had driven the show for so long being the Otis-Maeve will-they-wont-they dynamic, alongside Otis and Eric’s strong supportive male friendship. 

Despite my review perhaps seeming unreflective of even a three-star rating so far, I can assure you that there are some very good movements and storylines in the show, especially Adam’s journey. Growing from the unlikeable school bully to the emotionally damaged but improved and sympathetic person, Adam’s relationship with his father is really well explored in this season and is definitely the highlight for me. The finale of the show, (although disappointing to many it seems when scanning through IMDB) was satisfactory for me. It didn’t blow me away, nor did it leave me fuming like a certain season 8 of an un-named HBO show. If I had to compare it to an ending which had a similar impact on me, it would probably be Top Boy’s. Without going into any detail to avoid spoilers, the ending provided a sense of realism that had been missing from a great deal of this season whilst tying up all the plotlines neatly. In sum- it wasn’t terrible and still worth a watch but certainly the weaker of the show’s seasons. 

You can also read a review of the latest Top Boy series here 

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