At first the tone of this confused me – set in a kind of Americanised version of a UK "secondary (high) school", with hallways full of lockers, homecoming balls, theatre-style assemblies, jocks and geeks, and all the things I recognise from US media and never saw in any actual British schools. The Welsh landscape even makes it look like it was filmed in America at times. But the language and the attitudes are very British, and completely won me over – in the end it comes across as a sex-positive and down-to-earth European dynamic that is surprisingly refreshing. It's impossible to imagine a comparable American show doing some of the things in Sex Education – like the fantastic third episode, which focuses undramatically on a teenage girl's abortion and finds humour, emotion, and unexpected togetherness in the entire process. Everyone seems like they are having a lot of fun, and for once there are actually several people in the ensemble cast that I am interested in. I could watch this kind of thing all day long.
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Outlander succeeds admirably, and partly that’s because it follows the bent of both of its creators: It refuses to sit comfortably in any genre. It has the look and feel of a sweeping “Game of Thrones” kind of epic filled with romance, intrigue and violence. There is very little urgency in the storytelling--layers of voiceover bits don't help, even--and therefore Outlander can hardly be described as compelling. In many ways, this is a story well and thoroughly told but with almost none of the smart pacing of similarly dense fictions like Game of Thrones. And yet the world created in Outlander is not without interest.