I finished watching Season 2 a few weeks ago, so I've had a good time to process it. Like most people who have seen it, I really liked it, but have the same complaint as a lot of others do.
Stranger Things seemed to come out of nowhere back in 2016, and was one of Netflix's many mega-hits. It resonated with people due to its wonderful nostalgia factor, but also because it was a solid mystery, with some pretty great characters.
Season 2 adds a handful of new characters, and like the original players, they're very well cast. The show does a fantastic job of juggling so many characters all within the relatively tight confine of a smaller town. Almost instantly, the audience is sucked back into that wonderful creepy vibe that Stranger Things does so well. And I think this season does an even better job at digging into who these people are that are dealing with this horrible supernatural problem.
Though the show is well acted throughout, there is a standout. Millie Bobbi Brown, who is a such a terrific young talent, is given the most to work with, as her character, 11, has to deal with the outside world that she is unaccustomed to. However, this is the one part where the Duffer Brothers push it too far. They take 11 out of town in episode 7, and it doesn't work at all.
However, that's a small price to pay, for most of it works quite well. Yes, the CG effects still look a little underwhelming, and in key moments it does harm the believability. But through most of it, the terrific writing, acting, and cinematography make Season 2 a very fun and creepy ride. And the last major scene of the season is probably the best Stranger Things scene yet.
Stranger Things continues to deserve its massive critical acclaim. These kid actors rock. They are incredible. And never has a TV show so effectively brought back someone of my age to their youth.
If you haven't watched Stranger Things yet, do so now. It's one of Netflix's best shows. And that's saying something.
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