After the success of season 1 of last year, Stranger Things left a hole in many peoples’ hearts for the desire for more. it was well paced, well written and phenomenal acting from such young cast members, and the adults as well like Winona Ryder, and David Harbour .
To say the least, Season 1 delivered on many levels, so was not surprised to hear that Netflix took the opportunity to jump on the bandwagon to make a second season.
I’ve got to admit, even though I anticipated the return of the show, this Halloween season, I was a bit anxious. I was afraid that it was going to be like many shows and movies where the first season was so good that the second season would come out flat and deflated. I was afraid that I was going to have to force myself through the show just for the sake of it (and because I like to finish shows/films to the end if I’ve started it).
I was wrong.
I can admit that, and I am damn glad that I am. Simply the show delivered. Unlike many TV shows, that tries to pump in as many episodes and extra side stories to make the story seem fuller and longer, Stranger Things does the opposite.
Starting Season 2
Season 2 starts off slow, reintroducing the old characters and some new ones and showing the existing dynamics . Then it starts to reintroduce the ‘strange’ things into the picture, pumping in more and more until you’re hooked and you’re saying “Okay, just one more episode” Before you know it, you’re forcing yourself to stop watching because you want to savour it and don’t want the experience to stop. You end up wishing there was one more minute, one more episode and so on.
Pace and conflict
Stranger things 2 has one story and tells it well. It paces and introduce enough conflict for the audience to really be drawn in. In a way, I would describe Stranger Things 2 as a really great adaptation of a novel, that is great story on its on own, but is even better if you read the previous book and the one after.
Although there are some interesting side-plots that interweaves into the story, they were not added for no reason. They were used as plot devices to further a character’s development.
No spoiler, but the attempt at Elle’s (Eleven) backstory was sloppy. I understood what they were trying to do, but it just didn’t work. It was simply lacklustre to say the least.
As a whole, stranger things 2 delivers what it came to deliver and executes it delightfully. This season is a great addition to the bigger story. It goes beyond the love letter that was the first season. It is a great and maybe even better story than the first season. I hope that the third season is just as good. I highly recommend.