Maeve Wiley Is The Soft Angsty Teenager You Will Want To Protect In Netflix’ Sex Education

Netflix’ new teen comedy, ‘Sex Education’ pretty much addresses the questions that people are too embarrassed to ask in real life.

There were moments in the story that felt so real, such as the pressure of having sex and how relationships with their parents affect teenagers as they grow into adults. The dramedy promises a healthy dose of nostalgia, taking you back to your high school days, with a fresh postmodern take on young adult life, friendships, and attitudes towards sex, identity, love and everything in between.

The story revolves around Otis Milburn (Asa Butterfield) – an inexperienced, socially awkward high school student who lives with his mother (Gillian Anderson), a sex therapist. Surrounded by manuals, videos and tediously open conversations about sex, Otis is a reluctant expert on the subject. With his best friend Eric Effiong (Ncuti Gatwa) by his side, they maneuver through high school together.

In a sex education class, Otis then crosses paths with Maeve Wiley (Emma Mackey), a quick-witted, badass teenager with a tainted reputation. When Otis’ home life is revealed at school, Maeve helps Otis realize that he can use his specialist knowledge to gain status. Together, they set up an underground sex therapy clinic to deal with their fellow students’ weird and wonderful problems regarding sex.

The compelling thing about the new series is that there are so many redeemable characters; Eric is potentially a drag queen in training while Otis is the sex expert who ironically needs therapy of his own.

But the most interesting character out of the whole cast is Maeve Wiley.

In the beginning, Maeve is perceived as a scary, sexually active bad girl in school. She’s a feisty and intelligent teen who will not hesitate to fight anyone who tries to disrespect her. Although she may seem tough and brave at school, Maeve’s home life is quite a sad one. Maeve has never met her dad while her mum is an addict. She lives alone in a caravan she can barely afford, so she has to think of ingenious ways to pay the bills, including running an essay-writing business and inventing the sex clinic with Otis. Because of the lack of parental figure in her life or the affection that she secretly craves, it has made her afraid to get close to people.

Sex Education will launch eight, one-hour episodes on January 11, 2019.

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