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Review: Stranger Things

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Madeline Fay, Staff Writer

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WARNING: VERY MINOR SPOILERS

When the highly-anticipated second season of “Stranger Things” was released on October 27th, many watched all 9 episodes in the following 3 days, including myself.

Overall, “Stranger Things 2” did not disappoint. In fact, I think that it surpassed the original season in character development, suspense, story, and overall dramatic effect. The graphics of this season were much more impressive and prevalent. I shouldn’t be surprised, this season did have considerably more funding than the first.

This season introduced the audience to a few new characters, most notably Bob Newby (Sean Astin) and Max (Sadie Sink).

Newby and Max gave new complexity to the series. The second season is not simply the story of a few kids as the first season was. It captures the story of Hawkins, Indiana with a much wider and more inclusive scope.

Character development was much improved across the board, and the audience was finally given more backstory on main characters: some new cast members were added to fill the gaps of Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) and Dustin’s (Gaten Matarazzo) Parents from the previous season, and one of the main plot lines of the second season follows Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) as she tries to discover the truth of her past.

During the season, characters grouped off for their own journeys. This meant that we could see each character grow individually while they were separated from the group dynamic that was so prevalent in the first season.

The subtle nuances in the plot fit together well, as each plot line played into each other and cut over at just the right moments to slowly build suspense toward the end of the season.

Throughout the season, the suspense grew exponentially. In the end, it provides for an epic climax which brings together all the elements of the plot together.

After that, the plot slows down dramatically for a happy ending. However, in the same fashion as the first season foreshadowed the next season, the second season ended with a brief, ominous scene that could very well indicate some troubling obstacles in the third season.

In all, “Stranger Things 2” was very enjoyable.

 

 

 

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