TV Review: Like its troubled protagonist, the addictive 13 Reasons Why slowly goes off the rails

With good mysteries, as with news reports from Florida, the “why” is usually more interesting than the “who.” Character isn’t found in behavior, it’s found in the emotional responses to, and inspiration for, behavior. So when 13 Reasons Why, the new Netflix limited series based on a bestselling YA novel by Jay Asher, promises to spend each episode looking into a different high school student whose actions may or may not have contributed to the suicide of a fellow classmate, the viewer quickly catches on to the conceit’s strengths. It’s not one large mystery so much as it is a dozen smaller ones, all of which feed back into an overarching question: Why did Hannah Baker end her life? Unfortunately, in the show’s confused morality, there’s no satisfying treatment to this question so much as there is a sense of affronted self-righteousness about the …

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