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STRANGER THINGS, even better the second time

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I've been postponing watching the second season of Stranger Things because I didn't want to ruin the excitement of the first one. However, now that I've gone through the second season, as well, I can sit back, relax and wait for yet another season, which might as well we as good as the first two. The action, the visuals and the gang of talented actors are all there. Give it a try if you haven't already.

Check out the word around town:

"The second season of Stranger Things, created by the no-longer unknown Matt and Ross Duffer, obviously doesn’t have the same out-of-nowhere quality working in its favor. Given the omnipresence of the Stranger Things kids, the internet’s fixation on spoilers, the trailers that sparked internet freak-outs, the existence of Stranger Things-inspired, and the fact that it’s impossible to enter a Halloween store right now without being encouraged to dress up as Eleven, there’s no way to avoid knowing that Stranger Things 2 arrives on Netflix this Friday. With this much monstrous hype surrounding America’s favorite Demogorgon drama, is it even possible for it to live up to expectations? It’s my pleasure to inform you that the answer is yes, it does live up to expectations. It might even exceed them. Though it takes two or three episodes for the various story lines to fully kick into gear, Stranger Things 2 is a suspenseful, thoroughly satisfying follow-up that goes to emotionally deeper places than its predecessor did. In a way, it’s even a surprise of sorts: When a second season was announced all the way back in August 2016, I’m not sure that anyone expected it to be this good.

Stranger Things 2 works with many of the same basic materials as the first season. Set in October 1984, roughly a year after the events of season one, the series once again forces its preteen protagonists to work together to combat an insidious force of evil. Like its predecessor, it overtly pays homage to the popular movies of the era including, E.T., Poltergeist, Aliens, and a Nightmare on Elm Street, but also Ghostbusters, the John Hughes teen movies, and, perhaps most explicitly, Gremlins and The Goonies. The central cast members are back and doing even more affecting work than they did the first time around. The production design and the music — Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein are again responsible for the score — continue to evoke the period in ways that make the show a glorious blast of nostalgia, but without preventing it from standing as a compelling work of contemporary sci-fi–horror in its own right." (Vulture)

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"Bryan: I really loved the first season of this show, and it wasn’t because of the period references and movie nods. It was because of the style of storytelling it embraced. Stranger Things wasn’t just about the 1980s. It felt like it could have been made in the 1980s — and combined with the show’s well-drawn characters, it created something that felt unique in today’s TV landscape. While all the same familiar faces were back for round two, however, I couldn’t shake the feeling that the second season was lacking by comparison. It felt unfocused, without a clear major threat, and with new characters that felt unrealized and half-baked. Was it just me? Did the show recapture the Stranger Things magic for everyone else?

Megan: Stranger Things season 2 recaptures the spirit of season 1 for me in its nostalgia, and the crunchy synth soundtrack. It felt comfortable. But the challenge of upping the danger is one they addressed by throwing more monsters at the problem, rather than relying on one unifying threat.

I think there’s something to be said about the power of one terrifying, mysterious monster in season 1 vs. the pack of “demo-dogs,” or even whatever that unidentified, giant hand-monster was. It’s like the first Alien movie vs. some of its sequels: a terrifying monster is teased, revealed, and established with the xenomorph, and escaping from it is then a Sisyphean task. I loved the reveal that there were more demo-dogs running around; I got bored really quickly with how they used them to immediately raise the stakes. We didn’t learn anything new about the Demogorgon, aside from the fact that it’s adorable when small — and, like me, loves nougat. It was all very predictable, and a little lazy." (The Verge)

And watch the trailer below.

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