'Stranger Things 2:' Emotional and stranger than before
Fatima Rivera | Contributing Writer
Netflix’s award-winning show, “Stranger Things,” returned on Oct. 27. Right on time for Halloween, fans have been speculating about the episodes and new theories online.
The series picked back up with a group of misfits being chased by police in an unknown area. A teenage girl is shown in the passenger seat of the car with her fist curled up and then opened, which makes a tunnel collapse behind them and allows them to escape the police. The camera then pans to the girl’s wrist, revealing a tattoo marked as “008.”
Sometime after the battle with the upside down, the boys are preparing to go to the arcade. Each one is seen looking for spare change around their house. Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) is seen talking to his mother and then immediately calls his friends through their walkie-talkies to meet up. Dustin finds Mike (Finn Wolfhard) on another channel, and the scene switches over to him sitting under the fort where Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) once slept.
Once at the arcade, the boys are baffled that their high scores have been defeated by “MadMax” and start to argue with an arcade worker about giving them information about it. During this argument, Will (Noah Schnapp) starts to have visions and memories of the upside down. They lead to him being back there until Mike asks if he’s alright. Will confirms that he is, indicating that Will is still connected to the place more than he imagined.
All throughout the first episode, the story centers around the main characters and gives a glimpse of the current events of their lives. New girl Maxine (Sadie Sink) is introduced and immediately catches the attention of Dustin and Lucas (Caleb Mclaughlin).
It’s only until the end of the first episode that viewers are given a small surprise — Sheriff Hopper (David Harbour) returns home and finds a half-eaten plate of Eggos. He yells for someone to come, only for it to be revealed that it is Eleven, meaning she found her way back to the real world.
Winona Ryder returns as Joyce Byers, Will’s mother in the show, and her performance is breathtaking. She is continuously worried about her son and the new developments with him, but she’s also seen being more of a badass in this season. She takes control in some situations and even fights back with fire to do whatever it takes to save her son once again.
The cast incorporates emotions and comedy despite the dark and horror-like tone of the show. Each actor shined in their own way and did not clash with other characters’ personalities. Instead, they mixed well with each other and offered excellent on-screen chemistry.
The storyline in this season provided the perfect opportunity to branch out the plot in each episode. Fans were able to know more about Eleven, who was given her own story in the season. This lets viewers see how much she matured over the past year with herself, her speaking abilities and her telekinesis powers.
Throughout the season, there were emotional scenes, involving family and love, that might bring a tear to some viewers. It’s clear how much of an impact every character has on each other and how much they help each other out, whether they are in the same room or even on the other side of town.
There are nine episodes that also give homage to many pop culture references from the ‘80s. The boys dress up as the Ghostbusters for Halloween, and the original theme song is played throughout the episode and even in the credits, immediately giving a nostalgic vibe.
Season two is action-packed and meets viewer expectations. Although this season has one more episode than the first, it will leave viewers wishing for the next season, especially with the cliffhanger at the end.
All episodes are not available for streaming on Netflix.