By Adam Hallenbeck & Madison Raffone – Sports Editor & 1851 Staff
After months of anticipation from fans, “Big Mouth” season three was released on Netflix on Oct. 4. The characters fans have all come to grow and love continue to experience some of their own growing pains. The season is full of twists and turns in puberty. Andrew Glouberman (John Mulaney) returns with Nick Birch (Nick Kroll) and Jessi Glaser (Jessi Klein) as the group handles their issues but more importantly, their hormone monsters Maury (Nick Kroll) and Connie (Maya Rudolph).
Some of the topics the show touches on are the new to technology addiction, standardized testing and sexuality. The show continued to develop the side plots of Missy (Jenny Slate), Matt (Andrew Rannells) and Jay (Jason Mantzoukas) to help shed light on other discussed topics in health science.
There are several aspects to the show that allow either those in middle school aged audiences or older to relate. A few episodes show Jay on a journey of self-discovery as he struggles with his sexuality and whether or not he decides to come out. The new student, Ali (Ali Wong), identifies as the first pansexual in their grade. The Depression Kitty makes an appearance with Jessi yet again, along with Missy’s doubtful and angry side, Mirror Missy.
There was even an occurrence of the Menopause Banshee. Though her appearance is brief, it still depicts “Big Mouth” is branching off to show the aspects of an adult’s life.
Though, a large question that remains up in the air is if the show crosses the line. “Big Mouth” has been criticized in popular media for having played a delicate balance of education and being plain inappropriate. Although doing a better job than season two, season three went places it probably should not have.
For example, multiple episodes in the season discuss incest and some byproducts of incest. While the relationship between Andrew and his hormone monster, Maury, is a playful one, the approach Director Andrew Goldberg takes with this content is just too much. The origination of “Big Mouth” was to discuss human health issues in a comedic way and the lesson of incest was delivered poorly.
In all, season three was a big hit, despite concerning topics of some of the episodes. The last episode kept us wondering what will happen in the next season. The maturing seventh-graders finally graduate and move on to eighth grade, Jessi has to deal with a move to a new city and Andrew and Nick have to go to summer camp after having a tough argument about their friendship. The writers, Kroll and Goldberg, did a fine job at maintaining the informative aspect of the show while keeping it awkwardly touching at the same time.