Recording an analog manifesto and disseminating it to the people who you feel are personally responsible for your suicide is a vindictive and manipulative thing to do, to say the least - but Hannah Baker is allowed to be those things and so much more thanks to the complex characterization that episodic storytelling affords. A dreamy and soft as air synth score from Eskmo is the Gregg Araki-esque icing on this cake.
Re-rating. I originally wrote this off as 'revenge fantasy' suicide glorifying propaganda that would have the opposite sociological implication to its root intention. I was wrong. Whilst there are flaws, and the melodramatic Americanisms grate, I can understand (as a teacher) why pupils have taken to this contentious but profound evaluation of broken adolescent souls.
The great thing about 13 Reasons Why is that it is unafraid to delve into raw emotions. There is, at the very least, one thing you as a teenager have experienced, and it connects you to this story. The treatment is unapologetically emotional and it got me shedding a tear more than once.
"No one knows for certain how much impact they have on the lives of other people" I wasn't expecting to get so emotional over this one but damn! The soundtrack is superb! "I am not the only traveler who has not repaid his debt, I've been searching for a trail to follow again, take me back to the night we met" OH MY HEART! Will it have a season two, right? Give me the book now!
As someone who has been personally touched by suicide, some parts of this show are particularly hard to watch. Regardless, one thing is true: you never know how the smallest action may impact someone's life. One must speak out, one can't just watch otherwise it'll be too late. It'll eat you up and spit you out.