Stranger Things 2 Book Cover Stranger Things 2
Kid Action Adventure
October 2017

Set in Hawkins in the fall of 1984, the story continues as supernatural forces once again begin to affect the town. While the season services the first season's core cast and characters first and foremost, several new characters are introduced: tomboy Max and her older step-brother Billy, a woman named Kali connected to Hawkins Lab, RadioShack manager Bob Newby, Department of Energy agent Dr. Owens and disgraced journalist-turned-conspiracy theorist Murray Bauman.

When I started watching Stranger Things Season 2, my expectations were HIGH. Super high. So high, there’s no way the show could live up to them.

Let me explain. Take for example… snow. I know there are places that live with snow on a daily but here in the south, if we get a dusting EVERYTHING shuts down. So you know what that means? EVERYONE loves snow here. Adults literally turn to children at the mere mention of snow. Kids love the snow because it gets them out of school. And then you have my husband. Poor Steveo. I feel for him sometimes because he gets so crushed when the meteorologists say there will be snow and we get NONE. The hubs LOVES snow. Not because it gets him out of work (he’d just have to work from home) but just because he loves it. Like a kid. His excitement with it a palpable thing. Everyone around him can feel it…

My point to all of that? Stranger Things is MY snow. I love it. I just love it so much that it makes me feel like a kid. Anytime I see something even remotely related, geez… I’m getting excited just thinking about it. I might have a slight problem.

Anyhoo, with all of that said, season 2 fell flat for me. *Super sad face* And honestly, it took a second watching to realize it because even with high expectations, this is an unconditional love I have for this show. Like it could do no wrong. I’m going to skip everything I love about it and discuss what I didn’t.

  1. There was NOT enough El. Seriously, that chick is the star of the show and they should utilize that so MUCH. I also felt her reunion with Mike was drawn out because it was a driving subplot. (You guys know I know all about using a love story as a driving subplot, but I believe I handle it well. Even though Controlling the Dead was left on a cliff hanger of sorts, if you’ve read Bailing Out into the Dead and the first five chapters of Living with the Dead, then you pretty much know what’s going on with Kan and Rudy’s love story subplot.)
  2. Kali and the other numbers weren’t explored. I think it barely scratched the surface. Probably on purpose but instead of me wanting more, I was left unsatisfied and annoyed.
  3. I’m just going to go on a small rant. Why? WHY, WHY, WHY were these two introduced? I can’t even remember their names (Post edit** Max and Billy. *snooze*) and I’ve watched this season twice. Let’s take them out of the show and see where it leaves us… Absolutely everything important to the plots. Ginger chick has a “slight” hand in character development for Lucas. I know he deserves some love too. Other than that, I could’ve done without the step sibling plot line. It was forced and just plain awkward at times for no reason at all. It didn’t make a lick of sense.

JUST KIDDING!!! Of course I’m going to list the top 5 things I loved about Stranger Things 2…

  1. I loved that Hopper was Team El. He hid and took care of her and the writer’s of the show wasted no time in letting us know she was okay. It’s the perfect family pairing. I love it. LOVE it, love it, love it. It gives me all the feels.
  2. The Ghostbuster costumes and the fact El wanted to be a ghost. The fact Mike and Lucas conflicted on which character to be. It was real, guys. *More feels*

  3. Even though the Kali plot fell on its face, I love that El was able to explore herself a little bit. I felt that was important to further development of her character.
  4. Steve. Steve’s character has the BEST development and I just LOVE him. We can only hope to be demogordon slayers like him.
  5. Steve and Dustin’s Bromance. Enough said. 

 

Even with the Stranger Things 2 pitfalls, I still love it and eagerly await Season 3. There better be a season 3. Anyway, I’ll catch you guys in the upside down!

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