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Review: “Stranger Things” Season Two is a bit messy, but well worth the wait

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I have now watched the entire second season of “Stranger Things”.

As oppose to writing an episode by episode guide, I chose to watch every episode, and give a summary of the program.

All in all, it was solid sequel to one of 2016’s smash hits.

It did not live up to the Netflix hype machine, it was not better television than the first season, some of the general story telling was questionable, but you would be hard pressed to find a television program that is more addicting for nine episodes than Stranger Things.

I understand many of you plan to consume the program, so I will be as vague as possible.

Stranger Things Season 2 expands upon the growing universe the show has created, character arcs progress at breakneck speed as the group of heros aggresively confronts the evil that has literally infected the town of Hawkins Indiana.

A common problem many had with the first season was the ambiguity of the plot points, there was enough unresolved issues to file for divorce.

The second season addresses that in full, all the answers fans were seeking can be found with the nine episodes.

That’s worked, and it didn’t work.

Complete gratification for the fans is always a positive thing, but not at the expense of the general narrative, you have to leave the viewers wanting more.

If you running a television series, giving the fans everything they want can make creating addtional seasons extremely difficult.

This will be an issue for the studio moving forward because if the showrunners wanted to cancel the program tommorow, it would be totally acceptable in the context of the story.

Another gripe I had was the amount of time on screen the heros spend together, for large segementsof the season, the group of kids that made the show a pop culture sensation are not together, they are apart.

The Duffer brothers decided to “water down” the program, and instead focus on the individual, which is undermining to the spirit of the show.

If “IT” proved anything, it showed the industry that kids fighting evil as a group will always sell.

Netflix deciding to take the Dawson’s Creek approach was super wack, in fact it came close to ruining  Stranger Things at certain points.

We want to see these amazing kids fight evil together, not apart, so the decision to break the group down into smaller factions is questionable at best.

Despite the suspect nature of the writing, the cast turns in glorious performances.

Across the board, to a person, this was a tremendous demonstration of top flight acting.

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Stranger Things season two has it all, comedy, love, horror, gore, sex, and heart warming moments that send a very positive message at a time of internal strife in America.

Season one was drenched with far more symbolism than the second offering, much more depth, but the second season was more entertaining at times because  the shroud of mystery surrounding the evil was gone.

We knew who the bad guy/girl was, how he/she operates, and what the end game actually is.

In that respect, the season was satisfying, we want to see good vs evil, not engage in abstract thinking to the point that the show becomes confusing.

Material wise the show did well.

Well episode 7 was AWFUL, terrible, a disgrace to the franchise, but since it’s cut off from the general story, the damage was minimized.

The score was amazing, the nostalgia of the 80’s is amplified by the music no question about it, the producers hit a home run in that regard.

The cinematography is off the charts, the editing is actually better than the first season, and the imagery is much more refined this time around.

I won’t spoil the show any futher, but I would certainly reccomend setting aside at least 2 days to absorb the second season of Stranger Things.

Tastie Fish Rating: Three fish out five

 

 

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