Netflix’s comedy drama Sex Education returns for a third season, returning to Moordale Secondary, as known as “Sex School,” which has become somewhat notorious due to, among other things, its chlamydia outbreak and sex-themed musical. And, as Moordale is to other schools in its fictional universe, so Sex Education is to other teen dramas something a bit different. There are five things you need to know discussed below!
- Sex Education’s third phase, the show’s creators have kept the fundamentals of Sex Education, but prioritised amplifying the central performances from its plucky and versatile cast.
- Despite its aesthetic and distinctly vintage feel, the Netflix original series is set in the present day. It wasn’t hard to come to this conclusion considering our biggest evidence is the fact that our heroes use pretty new iPhones and make constant references to 21st-century pop culture, such as Ed Sheeran, The Walking Dead and there’s also a mention of a Nintendo Switch, which was only released in 2017. This led us to believe it can’t be set in any other time period than the present.
- A new character introduced in season 3 is Cal, played by Dua Saleh, a non-binary student at Moordale Secondary. They come to blows with headteacher Hope over their refusal to fit neatly into the “male” and “female” uniform categories. While this may sound like a cliche storyline for a non-binary character, their relationship with popular head boy Jackson is also explored.
- The show has also striven to improve representation. Secondary characters have been promoted, notably George Robinson’s Isaac, a wheelchair-user who carries an especially tender sex scene.
- The new season also introduces even more characters who instantly feel like they’ve always been a part of this show, including the aforementioned Hope, Jason Isaacs as Peter Groff, and of course Goat, Aimee’s porn-loving commitment pet who could very well turn out to be the G.O.A.T. of this entire season.