It took me awhile to watch the second season of Stranger Things and now that I’m through, I feel numb. When I saw the first season, like many people I was thrilled. Each episode built the tension and suspense. The upside down was an awesome looking place. The kids were all lovable to realistic. Even Winona Ryder was doing a good job in her manic, schizoid sort of way.
The 80’s vibe that was pulled off fairly well in the first season is practically gone now. Sure, there are still the clothes, cars, and decor – but that’s the extent of it. It doesn’t feel like the 80’s, it actually just feels like a film set. I’ve been thinking about why that might be and have come up with two reasons. First, I think having a whole bunch of CGI monsters everywhere ruins that vibe. If they were all done practically, it would have been far better. Second, was casting choices. Seeing old versions of Paul Reiser and Sean Astin, combined with the already present Winona Ryder, really reminds me that we aren’t in the 80’s anymore, if that makes sense.
Editor’s Note: There is also a black smoke monster, and absolutely fuck black smoke monsters!
I hope they take a step back for season 3 and really look at what made the show good in the first place. It wasn't more monsters that the show needed, especially with the loss of all the heart that it once had.
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