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Why You Should Watch Stranger Things Season 2 - 30 Jan 2018 15:37



Stranger Matters Season 2 is finally here, and it wasted no time in clearing up some fundamental mysteries:Eleven is living, and she is living with Hopper.Will is really unwell, as the Season 1 finale hinted at when he barfed an alien slug to the sink.Yes, there are psychic children like Eleven.Props to the series for this banger of a cold open. Number 008's show let us call her Kali, like her friends do was a perfect way to expand the reach of Stranger Things' world, answer a burning question, and make audiences excited for the season that we are going to binge in a long, sunlight-deprived session.Unfortunately, that was all we got of Kali/Eight in this season premiere, which for the most part concerned itself by catching us up on different events and characters in great old Hawkins, Indiana.Reunited following last season's events, the celebrationMike (Finn Wolfhard), Will (Noah Schnapp), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), and Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin)are largely living life as normal, moreover Will's occasional check-ins in the government lab. It felt fantastic simply to return to the world and see everybody in it comparatively happy, particularly Joyce, who went through the ringer last season and really deserves a big, dorky hobbit to hold onto. What the episode did do is put up some battles to come:Will is trapped in some limbo passing between our planet and the upside, and things aren't looking great at the latter.The episode's titular character, Max (Sadie Sink), is an interesting addition to the party that is guaranteed to cause strife, particularly with her sexy-but-dangerous older brother (Power Rangers' Dacre Montgomery) from the mix.Irate farmers coming to Hopper about their poisoned areas is a funny frame, but there is definitely something sinister going on with these crops.The physician (Paul Reiser) performing Will's check-ups appears to be a wonderful man on the surface, but given their experiences annually Hopper and Joyce are probably right to not trust him.Nancy and/or Steve may hit a breaking point with Barb's parents, that are selling their house to hire an investigator (the conspiracy theorist who Hopper met with before in the episode). Nerd he is, Mike must know of the age-old principle that in the event you do not see a character die, odds are they're coming back. He has not given up on seeing Eleven again, and for a second it certainly sounded like she was calling his name on the walkie, before Dustin interrupted. Given what Eleven is capable of, that is definitely a possibility.And though we glimpsed some of Will's symptoms, we did not find out just what crawled out of him last season's finale although there is something suspicious rumbling about in Dustin's trash cans.Mysteries and battles aside, Stranger Things has been a top-tier series, even if not much is really occurring. The vast majority of Madmax was set up, but given just how far south things can go, it was nice simply to live with these characters in their daily lives for some time. They have changed a lot, too, because Season 1; Joyce is a fantastic mom who is trying to not smother her son, Steve is trying very hard to not be an idiot, Mike is acting out, Will has PTSD, and Dustin has teeth today. And the '80s, with its Dragon's Lair, Devo, and hairspray, remains a super entertaining setting which Stranger Things uses smartly.

In its very first episode, Stranger Things 2 feels like a horror film's opening hour. It is playing with our expectations that there is trouble brewing, from Will's visions of "wicked" into Hopper waving his big revolver around in a cornfield. He might have been spooked by a bird, but there is guaranteed to be worse than that plaguing Hawkins soon. The relative peace in the meantime was pleasurable enough.Best mention or easter egg:The American Psychiatric Association did not define post-traumatic anxiety disorder PTSD until 1980, just four years earlier this season's events. That explains why Joyce was skeptical of it. Hopper's assurance that PTSD is a real thing may be a sign toward a portion of his background we have not yet heard of. watch stranger things season 2 - Comments: 0

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