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January 5, 2018
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Around this time last year, “Stranger Things” graced Netflix and immediately became a phenomenon among households all over the United States. It was met with immense admiration and critically acclaimed for its remarkable cast, superb writing and directing, and its distinct homage to the 80’s.

“Stranger Things” season 1 left fans wondering what the heleven was coming out of Will Byers’ mouth, where Eleven was blasted off to, and who Mike was going to bring to the Snow Ball. Season 2 brought all these answers and more in the 9 hour-long episodes that were released from Netflix Friday, October 27th, just in time for the spooky season. WARNING: spoilers ahead!

Season 2 picks up in mid-October; it’s been almost a year since Will Byers was rescued from the Upside Down and you already know things are about to go from 0-100 in Hawkins. Hopper has been taking care of El; well, at least providing her with plain Eggo waffles and letting her watch soaps and news for extended hours of the day. This beats her living conditions beforehand, however; she had previously fended for herself in the cold woods eating dead squirrels and knocking out old men to steal their coats. Hopper’s also taken up teaching her vocabulary, and El’s a pretty fast learner.

As for Will Byers, his plotline serves as the basis for season 2. Will is not okay in the slightest. He can’t unsee the Upside Down, and his reality is continuously warped with his visions and memories from his time spent below. We find out later in the season he is being taken control of D&D’s Shadow Monster- and this thing does not play. It’s able to track down exactly where Will is, as well as multiply by the thousands. Its only weakness seems to be heat, but the Shadow Monster would tear a Demo-dog to shreds had they ever crossed paths.

Three new main characters are introduced this season: Bob Newby, a lovable, geeky genius who treats Joyce Byers right and guides the gang in the right direction with his epic intelligence. Then there’s also Max–nicknamed ‘Madmax’– who has all the boys beat in Dig Dug at the Hawkins arcade. She quickly becomes the fascination among Mike, Dustin, and Lucas, and despite her tough demeanor at first, she grows a softer side when it comes to Lucas. Her brother Billy, however, is the truest embodiment of a human antagonist that “Stranger Things” has seen. He’s all around evil, entitled, and aggressive to the point that he can easily be considered sociopathic. He comes inches away from running Mike and the gang over with his car going full speed, beats on Max and nearly kills Steve.

The gang was pretty separated this season, but we were able to see each character evolve individually or in new pairings which was different, but refreshing. With El and Hopper together for almost all of the season, audience members were introduced to the sort of fatherly, protective side of Hopper. Mike and Will grew much closer this season as well; and unlikely duo Steve and Dustin got stuck working together. You’d think this new dynamic would be hard to swallow, but it made the entire season worth it once the entire gang was reunited for the final two episodes. Overall, “Stranger Things 2” is a 10/10 for me, and I strongly recommend you take a day off this weekend to join the bandwagon and binge-watch!

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