Stranger Things : Season 2 – Series Review

Rating : 3.5 / 5 stars

What’s it about?
Stranger Things Season 2 is directed by the Duffer Brothers and stars Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, David Harbour, Winona Ryder and Sean Astin among others.
Set on Halloween’s eve 1984, this season begins with Will, who was rescued from the UpsideDown last season, having visions of something terrifying coming for him and for the residents of his town. As his health declines and visions become more and more terrifying, his family and friends must band together and come up with a strategy to fight the forces of evil and save the town from complete destruction.

What’s Good?
This season is bigger in scope than the last season. The stakes also seem higher this time around. The series builds up the mystery episode after episode, perfectly blending nostalgia with solid storytelling and is absolutely riveting to watch. The humor is a mix of great one liners and situational comedy and most of the jokes land. The story expands on what was covered in season 1 and adds more backstory to the characters we have come to love. The show is also successful in getting the viewer invested in the fates of all the new characters introduced this season. Dustin and Lucas, who were almost relegated to comic sidekick roles last season get a lot more to do this season and this benefits the show tremendously. The chemistry that the entire cast shares with each other is great and this is captured on-screen very well.
The production values of the series is top notch and successfully transports the viewer to the eighties. The VFX is good for a TV series.

What’s Not?
Much of the joy of season 1 came from seeing Eleven and the Gang go on their adventure together. In season 2 unfortunately everyone seem to be having their own separate adventure. Also, I personally felt that there was less of Eleven this season than in the last one. Some episodes and plot points seemed like a set up for Season 3 and do now work in the context of this season. The climactic resolution also felt a little underwhelming.

Noah Schnapp as Will, the kid who was missing for almost the whole of last season has a more central role this time around and is exceptional in his role. In fact his is the standout performance of this season. Joe Keery’s Steve gets a more central role and he is the surprise package of the show. Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin and Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas have a larger role this time around as mentioned before and are great in their respective roles. Millie Bobby Brown is good but does not have as meaty a role as in season 1 this time around. Winona Ryder and David Harbour are decent, but Sean Astin and Finn Wolfhard seem wasted. Rest of the cast are all good in their respective roles.

Final Word
Binge worthy and an excellent follow up to season 1, this season is bigger and is a must watch for fans and casual viewers alike.

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