By Mackenzie Dineen & Ruth Kehinde – Arts Editor & 1851 Staff
“Stranger Things” came out in 2016 and immediately became a focal point in pop-culture. The fandom of this scientific horror series was adrenalized when the second season was released on Netflix on October 27.
This season, which features nine one hour-long episodes, continues the journey of the core characters, and a few new ones, as they uncover the dark mysteries of the “Upside Down,” an eerie, peculiar mirror of the real world.
Season two of “Stranger Things” is intensely shocking, with imminent danger around every corner. Will (Noah Schnapp) begins having visions of his dreadful, long-term vacation from reality, the Upside Down. Meanwhile, the Hawkins lab is undergoing new leadership. Dr. Owens (Paul Reiser,) who is trying to right the wrongs of the previous season’s Dr. Martin Brenner (Matthew Modline,) who conducted psychological experiments on Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), and opened a ‘door’ to the alternate universe.
With some incredible acting by Natalia Dyer as Nancy, the dynamic between she and boyfriend Steve (Joe Keery), will never be the same. Steve has redeemed himself from his bullying ways, and now watches after the band of Hawkins kids, Will, Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin (Gaten Matazarro), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), along with newcomer and video Max (Sadie Sink). It is revealed that Eleven has been supervised by Chief Hopper (David Harbour), hiding out in his isolated cabin nowhere near civilization. She escapes and adventures to find her mother, who suffers severe psychological trauma. She departs, seeking revenge, and stumbles upon a band of misfits, including Kali (Linnea Berthelsen), who bears an ‘008’ tattoo, resembling the one on Eleven’s wrist. Hopper investigates what appears to be a pumpkin plague, and finds a secret labyrinth of upside down tunnels running under the entire town. Nancy and Jonathan are apprehended by Dr. Owens, but decide to deliver the truth about Barb’s fate to major news publications. In their pursuit, the two are absent while Will falls ill after being possessed by a great arachnid-esque evil creature. Joyce (Wynona Rider), Chief Hopper , and the gang of kids race to find a way to keep him, and themselves, safe. The band of best friends must close the open portal of the world surrounded by Demogorgons.
As always, the cast eats our expectations for breakfast and consistently delivers jaw-dropping performances. Every twist and turn is terrifying or satisfying, and every moment is heart racing. The season’s imagery is still reminiscent of 80’s classics, but also includes electrically vivid colors, chilling horror-scapes, and music that accompanies and complements each scene perfectly. New and old romances are introduced, and the season’s death toll rises. The entire cast of this series groups up and fight for their lives, and the safety of their world again. Season two will have viewers on the edge of their seat to keep up with events coming next. Needless to say, fans have a year of baited breath ahead of them before they find out whether season three will be just as extreme. Fans of this series will be surely impressed with the way this season hopped off and continued with the ongoing story, providing closure of explaining the events of the last episode of season one.