Netflix’s horror/sci-fi/fantasy series Stranger Things was the breakout hit of 2016 and there was plenty of anticipation for season two.
Directed by The Duffer Brothers, all nine episodes of season two were released on Friday afternoon (October 27th), allowing fans to binge watch over the weekend.
Without revealing any major spoilers, ST2 lives up the hype, expanding on the first season and introducing some new elements.
It picks up in 1984 and Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) is infected with the Shadow Monsters of the Upside Down World. It’s up to his friends Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), his mother Joyce (Winona Ryder), her new boyfriend Bob (Sean Astin) and local cop Jim Hopper (David Harbour) to help him.
Season two expands on Eleven’s backstory (Millie Bobby Brown), and the love triangle between Nancy (Natalia Dyer), Will’s brother Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) and Steve (Joe Keery). Paul Reiser also appears as Dr. Owens and there’s a new character Max (Sadie Sink) who forms a love-hate relationship with Will’s friends.
Stranger Things season two continues the eighties love affair (unlike Family Guy which just mines the eighties for cheap jokes), with pop culture references (the boys dress as the Ghostbusters for Halloween, including intricate proton packs and traps) and old-school video game arcades (featuring Dragon’s Lair and Dig Dug). It opens up a potential marketing opportunity with a Stranger Things-themed collection of old arcade games. Stranger Things already have an eighties-themed adventure game on the Google Play and Apple stores. There’s a big eighties soundtrack with DEVO, Michael Jackson, Motley Crue, Olivia Newtown John, Bon Jovi, Ted Nugent, Duran Duran, The Clash and The Police.
Fans of Stranger Things season one will love season two and be eagerly anticipating season three.
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