es, boys and girls, we’re back in the Upside Down. The locals of Hawkins are in for another trip into the weird and the creatures of the parallel universe “are closing in to seal their doom!” See what I did there? I thoroughly enjoyed this season. Like Series One, I was transfixed to my TV screen like the little girl in Poltergeist (1982) minus the platinum blonde hair.
There was something about it that made me keep watching and watching, so like many other Netflix users I binge watched a season in one sitting. Season Two however, I watched the first “Seven Chapters” and then watched the last two episode after I had a wee nap.
WARNING! This article will contain spoilers so if you haven’t even started watching Stranger Things please do so now! Thank you.
It does certainly seem and feel that Netflix’s Originals are THE series/films to watch! If you’re behind on something you’re best off getting your running shoes to keep up with the others who’re currently up to date. I’m one of the thousands that binge watch a series regardless of it being a Netflix Original! I have very fond memories of watching the first series of Stranger Things and as the credits were rolling after the final episode, I saw something in the corner of my eye.
What I saw shocked me, I had to sit down for a moment for my brain to compute it all. It only was DAYLIGHT! I watched an entire season throughout the night. I started at 21:00 and finished 07-ish the following the morning. Not difficult to know what I spent most of my day doing! Season Two left me wowed and slightly welled up after the ‘Snow Ball’ scene. I was left wowed by Season One too, but it certainly seems that the Duffer Brothers are Netflix’s equivalent of the Cohen Brothers. Stranger Things is certainly a hit and they’re also certainly onto something here!
But it’s not only Stranger Things, it does seem that a lot of Netflix’s Original Productions are a hit with its customers and audiences. The recent A Series of Unfortunate Events seems to be a hit with its audiences too and with another series coming on the horizon, this is going to drag in more audiences and customers for Netflix. I can see Stranger Things last for at least three, maybe four more series. There is so much the Duffer Brothers and Netflix can do with the Stranger Things universe.
For me, what I really like about Stranger Things is the references to the 1980s. Another era and time. Well, way before I was born, I’m a 90s baby you see. I’ve always liked the idea of the arcades and the synth pop. Not to mention men using women’s hairspray to wow members of either the same or opposite sex. The 1980s certainly seemed like a great decade to live in. Great music, technology taking us into the future and not to mention cinematic hits! All these things can be seen in Stranger Things. I really like the references towards the films and the creations of Steven King.
Not mention the baseball bat with the nails, Who’s up for watching The Warriors (1979).
The reference of Pennywise can go, ignore if you’re not familiar with King’s novel IT. Not to mention one of its new characters being named after Mel Gibson's title role in Mad Max (1980). The Duffer Brothers certainly know their audience and it is obvious what their favourite films and board games are. The use of the board game Dungeons & Dragons is also something that fellow “Nerds” can relate to. I’m not that all too familiar with the game, but the idea of naming the creature in Season One the 'Demogorgon' and then the sentient creature in Season Two 'The Mind Flayer', who is more or less an eater or worlds intrigued me and has actually made me want to play the board game even more. Not to mention the creatures from The Upside Down being a sentient form of bacteria who're out for inter-dimension domination!
I did find the second series to be a lot more creepy and in depth. It was more of a character development for Eleven or “El” or Jane. I did find “Chapter Seven” ‘The Lost Sister’ to be very much like Suicide Squad (2016). I think we needed to find out more about Eleven’s mysterious background, however, I was more eager on getting her and Mike (Finn Wolfhard) reunited. I just wanted to see them together.
Overall I really liked this series! I mean REALLY liked this season. The massive showdown between Eleven and “The Mind Flayer” had me fearing that she was going to die and I wouldn’t be able to handle that much of emotional pain. After all, without her Hopper doesn’t have a second chance at being a father and Mike won’t have his soulmate. By the end, most of our favourite gang are all loved up and have that special someone in their lives, which gives me a foreboding feeling that it’s going to be short lived. Something bigger is coming and it’s going to be coming for Eleven, the locals of Hawkins and the natives of planet Earth.