Ready to go to the 'Upside Down'?
I, like so many people around the world last weekend binged the entire second season of Stranger Things in one sitting… and I regret absolutely nothing.
I’ve been waiting for this series to continue ever since Mags and I finally caved in and checked out the first run not that long ago, where we were hooked after the first couple of minutes and the same thing happened with the second.
So strap in while I run down why you need to check out season 2 or in some rare cases, Stranger Things as a whole.
I've heard plenty of people say this show is only successful due to its nostalgia factor, to which I have to say straight away, BULLSHIT!
Yes, it does make some of us yearn for the past since Stranger Things is set in the 80’s and it’s not shy to remind you, but what really makes this series is the combination of great characters and the amazing storyline that grips you right from the start, and Stranger Things 2 was no exception.
I had only planned on watching one episode before doing something else and ended up smashing the whole thing. Like most Netflix series they dump the entire season online in one go, but the creators, the Duffer Brothers, left every episode on varying cliffhangers, requiring you to do the whole “just one more” continually, with its 3 concurrent plot lines that weaved their way around to create the major story arc, which was done perfectly.
Casting was superbly spot on as the entire main cast returned with some great new additions. Millie Bobby Brown continued to shine as Eleven, who also finally gets a name, but what I really enjoyed this season was the focus came off Mike (Finn Wolfhard AKA Richie Tozier from the new IT a little bit and the show fleshed out Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) and Dustin’s (Gaten Matarazzo) characters a little more, moving them up from what I felt as supporting, to mains, while little Noah Schnapp who portrays Will also had a much larger role.
The additions that made this series work even better than last year were Paul Reiser, Sean Astin and Linnea Berthelsen, Linnea’s character doesn’t get too much screen time but still plays a big part, I hope we see a bit more of her in the 3rd.
The story picks up a year later in the sleepy little town of Hawkins, life for the most part has returned to normal. We see our characters trying to move on and/or deal with the consequences of the previous events, before all hell breaks loose yet again... Anymore and I'll spoil the journey for you.
I really enjoyed Stranger Things 2, almost as much as the first. It built upon the existing story well, introduced us to some cool new characters and what I’m excited for is the already confirmed season 3. But don’t fear, this show isn't going to be dragged on for years all the while losing its edge, the Duffer brothers have stated they will have the story arc all wrapped up nicely by the 5th chapter at most. So in the meantime, if you haven’t already, jump on Netflix and check this show out, you won’t be disappointed.