Stranger Things 2: A Spooky Sequel

Madelyn Jacobs, Staff Writer

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Creating a sequel is a difficult feat because in most cases, they don’t live up to the hype, However, sometimes you get just the right amount of talent in the actors and ingenuity from the creative team and the sequel comes out even better than the first. This is the case with Stranger Things Season 2. The Duffer Brothers, the creators of Stranger Things, worked hard to push the limits of story concepts and brought out the emotions the actors, and it definitely paid off.  

There are many things that make the second season of Stranger Things great, but one that stood out the most was the emotions that the actors conveyed, and the way they make you feel. Over the course of the season, the characters are constantly feeling love and loss, and as the viewer, their depiction of those things can stir up those emotions in you as well. The viewer witnesses new relationships forming while old ones become even stronger, warming the hearts of the audience. When the show isn’t depicting something tragic or intense, it touches on the comedian that lives in every one of the characters. The comic relief in the show helps to humanize the characters and is a great break from the intensity of the rest of the show.

While acting is an important part of any show without great directing and visual effects the acting wouldn’t matter. One of the shows strongest aspects is its visual effects. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing to watch but the graphics used for the monsters in the “Upside Down” are virtually flawless. In interviews the Duffer brothers claimed that they wouldn’t accept anything less than greatness from their cast and crew. It is an ideal that is apparent through the entire show with some exceptions.

As stated before, the show’s concepts definitely  pushed the limits of what the viewer would be able to follow, but one aspect of the story seemed unnecessary or at least poorly executed. When the character Eleven goes to visit her “sister,” in episode seven, it feels out of place with the rest of the series plot and it doesn’t exactly tie in at the end like the rest of the side stories each character gets. This is made to be such a large chunk of Elevens character arc in the show, but her visit to the city only makes her more rebellious and slightly more capable to control her powers. It does not add any new depth and major growth to her character. It’s understandable that the writers wanted to add the ability to expand the show outside of the small town of Hawkins but it would have been more well received by viewers if the episode would have developed the plot of season two better.

Stranger Things has captivated many of the people watching it and have had them up into the late hours of the night binging. Despite the slightly off topic episode of Eleven in the city, this show fits together perfectly by the end, making every small plot point of the show come together for the bigger picture. Stranger Things season two is worth watching immediately; it will not disappoint.

Stranger Things: 9 Arrows/10

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