After a long (one year) stint of anticipation, the much awaited Season 2 of Stranger Things was finally released on Netflix. A unique aspect leading up to this season was the hyper-marketing done on social media and other platforms, trying to reinforce a cultish sort of image for this series. Season 1 ended with El (Eleven) disappearing into the wall (the upside down dimension, maybe?), Hopper leaving Eggo waffles in the woods, and Will coughing out a slug type creature and having a vision of the other dimension. All of this created an immense amount of longing for the next season.
Season 2 starts with an escape scene between a girl Kali (who has a tattoo marked as ‘8’ on her wrist) and police, where she uses a psychic power to disappear into the bridge. Hopper is again investigating strange events happening around town, with entire fields of pumpkins inexplicably rotting. After this, he returns home to a isolated wood cabin, where El complains to him about being late. One of the major focuses of the entire season is this relationship between El and Hopper.
A unique aspect leading up to this season was the hyper-marketing done on social media and other platforms, trying to reinforce a cultish sort of image for this series.
Season 2 introduces new characters but they don’t really sufficiently flesh any of them out. Billy Hargrove (Dacre Montgomery) is the new antagonist, this time primarily to Steve, who is violent and brash but it never felt like he was properly utilized (maybe in Season 3?). His younger sister Max (Sadie Sink) is the newest addition to the group who seems initially impervious to the boys, but brings out an on/off tussle among Mike, Dustin, and Lucas. The most impactful character addition is Bob (Sean Astin), who plays Joyce’s boyfriend and serves as a major aid in the later part of the series.
The emphasis this season was more on Will’s character and the super prodigious El. She ventures out on her own and reconnects with a few major characters from her past. On the other hand, Will gapes unconsciously into the other dimension more often than not, and a darker shade of his character is also revealed in an interesting manner. Although this leads to Mike’s character becoming a bit overshadowed and he ends up not being as key a element to the story like he was last season. Hopper and Joyce are as usual impressive, and supplement the proper amount of intensity as the plot requires.
The writing and direction by Dustin Brothers is definitely stand out, though it leaves a few plot holes and certain illogical circumstances in the overall series. This season is more enthralling, more cinematic, has more creatures from the ‘upside down’ dimension, and retains its spectacular visual effects. To add to it, an overall subtle element of mystery, supernatural phenomena, and thrilling sequences are prevalent throughout the season once again. The music by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein is worthy of mention and is especially effective.
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