TV Thoughts: Stranger Things 2 (2017)
Ok, Creepy Peeps, welcome to one of those Free Space posts that I told you about in my Blog Update video! I know I said this would most likely be more lifestyle/beauty/fashion things, but hell, Stranger Things IS a lifestyle! So, we’re going to talk about Season 2.
This is probably obvious, but there WILL BE SPOILERS ahead. So, if you haven’t finished Season 2 yet: 1. WHY THE HELL NOT? And 2. Please don’t continue to read and then get mad at me for spoiling everything.
Despite a lot of people not liking this season, I really enjoyed it! I mean, how many times do we get a show where the first season is NOT the best season. That’s what I thought.
I felt that this season had a lot more action and just things happening in general because the whole of this season was the aftermath of everything that happened in Season 1. The only storyline I felt was underserviced was Barb’s (Shannon Purser) and I know, she’s gone, we established this last season, but it’s not my fault they brought her up again this year! Basically, Nancy (Natalia Dyer) and Steve (Joe Keery) visit Barb’s parents who still believe Barb is out there and are hiring a private investigator to find her. Knowing the truth, Nancy feels incredibly guilty and sets off with Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) to pull back the curtain on Hawkins Lab to get justice for Barb. After that, you really don’t see Barb’s parents again until the final episode where they are holding a funeral for her.
I liked that we got to see more sides to Joyce (Winona Ryder) other than the grieving and hysterical mother side. Joyce got a more complex storyline this season while juggling her budding relationship with Bob (Sean Astin) and helping Will (Noah Schnapp), who is possessed by a monster from the Upside Down. Joyce proves yet again what a badass mom she is; she’ll do anything…ANYTHING…to protect her family. Basically, she is a badass.
Now for the boys, I felt that all the boys got their own time to shine and they each had their own battles individually as well as a group. I liked the little love triangle going on between Max (Saide Sink), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), and Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo). Although poor Dustin lost Max to Lucas, he had some touching and hilarious boy-time bonding moments with Steve. Personally, can’t wait to see how Dustin’s character develops more so than any other character. Mike (Finn Wolfhard) also got a pretty big role as he stays by Will’s side through everything, even though he is sad over Eleven’s (Millie Bobby Brown) disappearance. Out of the whole party, Mike seems like the one who has had to grow up super-fast, especially this season.
As for the addition of Max and her shithead step-brother, Billy (Dacre Montgomery); I’m not convinced yet. I mean, I feel terrible for them. Billy’s father is the biggest shithead of them all and delivers abuse to Billy who just turns around and delivers the same to Max. My only problem is that Billy’s storyline really didn’t fit in anywhere except to create extra drama. Maybe they are setting something up for Season 3?
And finally, Eleven! Ah! I absolutely loved where her character went! In Season 1 she is just so passive – which is understandable given she is thrust back into the real world so fast – but she really takes care of her own this season. I was a bit worried it would be more of the same when we see her living in hiding with Hopper (David Harbour). Unfortunately, Hopper can’t juggle taking care of the town AND Eleven, leaving Eleven to find out more about herself on her own. During her time out in the world alone, I think Eleven learns something about letting other people control her. Eleven has always been living in hiding and following rules and then she finds another girl like her, Kali (Linnea Berthelsen), who teaches Eleven to harness her power better. Kali, however, is obsessed with revenge and is (rightfully) angry at Brenner (Matthew Modine). Luckily, Eleven doesn’t give in to Kali’s revenge plot for long; just long enough to get a bitchin’ makeover before returning to Hawkins to kick ass and save the world.
Well, that about covers it, I guess. Those are most of my thoughts on Season 2 of Stranger Things and here’s hoping we get a Season 3 because we can’t just leave on that ominous cliffhanger! I honestly don’t know what will happen next now that Eleven has closed the gate to the Upside Down, but I guess since Hawkins Lab is still mostly intact there is still a door to the Upside Down? I guess we’ll have to wait and see!