I won’t go into further rehash of the first season of Stranger Things (I’ve exhausted that enough, I think). I apologize if those first few episode posts were too play-by-play also. I wanted to avoid that but felt I needed to call out a lot of important moments and details as we moved deeper into the story.
With the first season finished and moving into season 2, I think this show was primarily successful due to several factors. The nostalgia and call backs to our favorite 80s pop culture memories definitely act as a foundation but I think to recognize the direction, production, acting, and storytelling of the show is equally important. The show never feels like a parody of the decade but instead, it’s a heavy hitter in its own right that could have been developed and given to us by Spielberg himself back in 1983.
Much like the recent IT movie, the child actors kept this experience grounded. They are not only great actors but they represented what early 80s preteens were (based on my memory of older kids). I feel that I could safely argue that without their stellar performances and believability, the show would have been sub par.
Looking forward, Season 2 has a lot to live up to but if we are to go by the trailers and clips released, I think this show will continue to be strong (I’ve also heard good things from people who’ve seen early screenings of the first few episodes). It will delve deeper into the characters and their struggles having to adjust to the incidents and experiences of the first season while opening ways into more mysteries and oddities that we love and cannot wait to experience.
Part of me is curious as to how they will keep up the nostalgia without touching upon the same ones they’ve already referenced. Some that I noticed based on the info we’ve been given, we can expect Ghostbusters, Mad Max, Dragon Lair (the arcade game), and even Michael Jackson (Thriller primarily) all to come into play.
What to expect from me regarding Season 2 is most likely a review after I’ve seen all the episodes. Whether or not I do another rewatch for next year (as far as I know, there will be a season 3), I haven’t decided yet but I’ll definitely consider it.
In all, this was a fun month of blogging. A bit exploratory and experimental but still enjoyable. I’m not sure there’s another show I would want or be able to this type of rewatch/review with to be honest. Netflix has a great format for their tv seasons, keeping episodes at a low number. Thank you for sticking around and reading. Hope you enjoyed it and if you did (or didn’t), make sure to leave a comment. I’d love to see more activity here on the blog and interact with everyone!
Call to Action: Check out the awesome Season 2 trailer below!