Season 2 of Stranger Things a Masterpiece

November 9, 2017

Opinion, Reviews


By Faustina Crum

Season two of the Netflix Original Series, Stranger Things, created by the Duffer Brothers debuted on October 27th. The show revolves around the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana in the 1980s. Things get strange when members of the town team up together to defeat the supernatural being that has disturbed their community. Members include actors Millie Bobby Brown, Winona Ryder, Finn Wolfhard, Caleb Mclaughlin, Noah Schnapp and Gaten Mazzarato.

Season one, which premiered on July 2016, blew expectations for the show out of the water, so how would season two live up to the hype? The previous season revolved around a missing boy, Will Byers (played by Noah Schnapp), and how a supernatural being may be the culprit of his disappearance. Along with some school drama and side stories, the plot was simple and worked well for this season. This story line would be hard to write into another season while trying to excite and wow the audience; I just didn’t think it was possible. This was why I was so eager to see how the Duffer Brothers would make this a idea new.

Going into to this new season, I saw many differences but welcomed them with opened arms. Introducing new characters is always a tricky slope and with one wrong step you’ll fall down a hole of unforgiving critics. However, the creators of the show were able to introduce new characters (played by Sadie Sink, Dacre Montgomery, and Sean Astin) extremely well to the point where I was able to connect to each in different ways. Plot points had also changed from a more public view into a somewhat secluded ordeal.  

Character development definitely improved as we were able to see a new side of each character and understand more of the plot. Personas that were less noticeable in the first season became the center in this one. Those mainly being Steve Harrington (Joe Keery), Will Byers, Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), and Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard). Whether they got a change in wardrobe or personality, their performances were outstanding and I could not look away.

Change was not only noticeable in characters, but in production as well. Cinematography was a key difference while watching the show and in my eyes was a masterpiece. Tim Ives, Director of Photography, made each shot aesthetically pleasing while promoting the plot as each episode progressed. Visual effects and editing in general drastically improved, making each episode flow and easy to follow. Action sequences also made a contributing difference within the premier. Along with suspenseful moments, quick cuts, and gory scenes, writers in this show definitely know how to keep the audience’s attention.

The soundtrack was outstanding, correlating with the time period, featuring artist like The Police, Queen, The Runaway, Pat Benatar, and of course The Clash. The musical portion is fitting as each song fit perfectly with their scenes. Costume designer, Kim Wilcox, made a hug contribution to the plot and character development. Each character is given a style that is fitting for their personality while allowing the viewer to believe the show is set in the ’80s.

The show is crafted to perfection and deserves the large following it has received. In saying that, I highly recommend watching this season if you have already viewed the previous. Be prepared with a plethora of snacks and plenty of time, because sitting down to watch one episode will turn into a binge session.

Stranger Things is currently streaming on Netflix and contains some mature content.  

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