The story telling is mysterious, painting an intriguing picture with a series of flashbacks from different timelines as Hannah keeps on narrating
Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), a high school teen, commits suicide and leaves 13 audio cassettes and a map behind- each assigned to a person who is somehow responsible for her suicide.
All 13 people are held responsible in these tapes. The list includes her classmates, seniors and faculty members of Liberty High. Everyone gets their turn to listen to the tapes one by one. The deal is to pass them to the next person. Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette), one of the 13 people on the list, is a nerdy Star Wars fanatic who secretly had a crush on Hannah. The story starts when Clay gets his hands on the tapes.
The story telling is mysterious, painting an intriguing picture with a series of flashbacks from different timelines as Hannah keeps on narrating. It could have been another high school drama about bullies and victims, jocks and nerds, popular girls and weirdos, basketball matches and high school parties, instead it’s a dark story about the complexities of relationships in a teenager’s life.
One of the reasons the show is so popular is because the incidents are relatable to its viewers. It’s like everyone has met a Hannah Baker or a Justin Foley (Brandon Flynn) in their lives. This challenging story could also encourage parents to start conversations with their children who are in their teens about bullying, isolation and depression. The show conveys a well-intentioned message about treating people with respect and asking for help when we need it. Although it has picked up some controversies along the way as some suicide prevention experts say the series could send wrong messages to some sensitive teens.
Clay and Hannah, the two main characters played by Minnette and Langford, are convincing to their roles. Katherine Langford, who also happens to be a YouTuber, takes the spotlight though.
Christian Navarro who plays Tony, is surely to be noticed not just because of his leather jackets, vintage car and kickass hair-style but also because of his intense acting skills. Even the rest of the cast like Alisha Boe, Brandon Flynn, Miles Heizer, Justin Prentice are pretty good and leave an instant impact.
Originally it was planned to be a movie with Selena Gomez in the lead role but ended up as a TV series and Gomez is the executive producer. Based on the 2007 novel by the same name by Jay Asher, 13 Reasons Why has already been acknowledged as Netflix’s most popular original drama series.