British humor has given us some of the best comedies over the years, and Netflix’s ‘Sex Education’ is no different. Having premiered Friday, January 11, this comedy is one of the most unassuming, realistic portrayals of teenage years that refuses to maleate itself into Hollywood’s idea of perfectly wrapped up stories that gives the audience a sense of satisfaction – warts and all, as they say.
From virgin teenage sex therapist Otis (Asa Butterfield) to ridiculously self-confident and self-aware Ola (Patricia Allison), every character on this show has been etched out beautifully. Their problems are real teenage problems, their aspirations and day-to-day struggles are relatable to anyone going through or who has ever gone through puberty, and their way of dealing with their problems are very uniquely and stupidly teenage-y.
Season 1 has been nothing short of perfection and most of us have been obsessed with the show, its characters and their relationships, since the show’s premiere 20 days ago. While Netflix continues to torture us by not announcing the show’s (obvious) renewal, we are already writing out fan fiction till the official return of our favorite teenagers. When they do return though, we would love to see some of this “fan fiction” get actualized on screen.
Otis and Meave get together
It’s obvious they love each other, but in true romantic angst trope, their timing is just the worst. While Otis believes Meave (Emma Mackey) is a lioness and he is not in her league, the latter feels the opposite. Burdened by her family history and compounding debt, she has a low self-esteem, but she has one person she could always count on – Otis.
The same Otis, who was making out with Ola when Meave rushed over to confess her feelings to him. Obviously, they did not get their happy ending, and they probably did not deserve one, after the way their respective romantic partners were made to feel shitty because of each of their actions. That being said, they are undeniably attracted to each other, and are going to work in proximity with each other, especially since their sex therapy business is back in business.
I am inclined to think there will be a cheating scandal, come season 2.
Ola gets her redemption
Let’s get this straight, right off the bat. Ola is not a goat… nor is she a house cat. Anyone who saw her picking Otis up at his doorstep would know she is a fierce cheetah, afraid of no one and uncompromising of her individuality - a variation of Eric (Ncuti Gatwa) after the glow-up, but minus all the neediness.
She seems to have the same emotion towards Otis most people have towards a stray kitten. Ola is willing to forgive his asinine comments way too quickly, because she has a soft spot for him. This relationship is obviously going to plummet, not in the least because of the afore-mentioned Otis/Meave love story.
More importantly, even though Otis apologized sheepishly for what he said, he still looks at Meave as his sky, and Ola as his stars, this relationship is doomed from the beginning. The second he learns Meave has feelings for him, he is going to run towards his lioness. When that happens, we really hope the writers give something brilliant for Ola to rise above Otis’ stupidity.
Adam-Eric-Anwar love triangle
Despite all the sex talk and the sex scenes on ‘Sex Education,’ Adam (Connor Swindells) and Eric (Ncuti Gatwa) managed to give us THE most sexual scene of them all. The detention scene, where Adam and Eric act on raw passion, forgetting years of bullying and abuse, in fact, may be the most repeatedly viewed scene in the entire series.
Their love story, however, was cut short with Adam being shipped off to military school without much grandeur. He was never really friends with Eric to have each other’s phone numbers to keep in touch. In fact, except for cozying up next to each other in the chemistry lab, they have never shared a sweet moment together. It is going to be far-fetched to assume they would continue their relationship.
Meanwhile, Anwar (Chaneil Kular), head of the The Untouchables, has started to soften up towards Eric. With Adam out of the picture – at least for a while – it is quite possible that they start off a relationship, however dysfunctional it may turn out to be. My theory is Anwar and Eric start dating on the down-low, with Anwar trying to be less bossy and emotionally abusive. Adam returns and wants to pick things up where they left off, Eric is confused and continues to be with both of them, until the whole thing blows up in his face.
Let’s be real, Eric is not going to have a great relationship with either of them. Both of them have bullied him for many years – one emotionally and the other physically. However, we are really going to enjoy watch it all plummet.
Jackson standing up to his parents
Heavy is the head that wears the crown, and in the case of ‘Sex Education,’ that head belongs to head boy Jackson (Kedar Williams-Stirling). He is tired of trying to be someone he is not, and despite how perfect his life looks from the outside, we saw the cracks when he opened up to Meave.
He has severe anxiety and the constant pressure to live up to his mothers’ expectations is taking a toll on him. Towards the end of season 1, we saw him trying to stand up to Principal Groff (Alistair Petrie), and being rebellious at home, but failing on both counts. It would be pretty spectacular to see him actually have a say in his present and his future.
Aimee Gibbs living her liberated life
Despite being a member of The Untouchables, Aimee (Aimee Lou Wood) has been kind to Meave, and is always being taken advantage of. She has one of the best character arches on the show, and you would be lying if you said you did not get chills when you saw her actually stand up to her former clique and walk away with Meave.
Having never masturbated – thanks to a series of boyfriends with high expectations – before Otis’ advice to do so, she never knew what she wanted. That no longer is the case, and from sex to overall self-confidence, her newfound hobby has helped her evolve into a new person. We want to see her journey in the coming season.
She finally has a nice boyfriend, and a good friend who does not treat her poorly. Now, she can focus on her future and actually have fun doing things she wants to do. That’s a girl who’s story we want to see on screen.