I spent my Saturday binge-watching the highly anticipated second season of Stranger Things. Me, my snacks, and a comfy spot on the couch. The second season is nine episodes long and filled with new characters, new relationships, and plenty of moments that make you not want to watch in the dark. Without spoiling anything, I’m going to tell you if it lived up to the hype.

New Characters

New cast members for the second season of Stranger Things included Sean Astin (The Goonies, Lord of the Rings), Dacre Montgomery (Power Rangers) and Sadie Sink (The Glass Castle, American Odyssey). They work well with the characters we already know and create new dynamics within the now familiar town of Hawkins. The casting directors cast another great young talent in Sadie. After seeing Dacre as Jason in the new Power Rangers earlier this year, I was wowed by his performance.

Storyline

This season’s story returns us back to Hawkins, but nothing is the same. We also get some new settings as well. The story is compelling in the way it continues to depict the young characters’ friendships, especially after Will’s ordeal last season, but also in a familial relationship that was unexpected but was definitely a highlight of the season. There are bits of humor scattered throughout that let you breathe after having you sitting on the edge of your seat. Also, there are plenty of 80’s references that’ll have some fans feeling nostalgic.

Visuals

A supernatural show struggles, becomes a meme, or a cheesy cult-classic without great visuals. From the trailer, we knew we were going to be seeing some fascinating things after seeing that massive storm in the distance with that spooky dark figure looming. Season two doesn’t disappoint. Although there are some moments that may require you to turn up the brightness on your screen, everything looks strange and realistic.

Stranger ThingsCast Performances

After being m.i.a. for quite a bit of season one, Noah Schnapp gives a stellar performance as Will. I was very impressed with all of his scenes. Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, and Caleb McLaughlin are great as well. Gaten Matarazzo’s Dustin is funnier this season than he was in season one, he’s given some great solo and one-on-one scenes this season where he performs well.

Also, shoutout to Winona Ryder and David Harbour for giving us strong performances once again. We see so much more from Jim Hopper outside of being Sheriff this season and I loved that. I also loved seeing more of Steve Harrington played by Joe Keery.

Overall, season two of Stranger Things is a strong follow up from the Duffer brothers. With season three already in the works, I think it’s safe to say they know what they’re doing and our beloved characters are safe in their creators’ hands.

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Stranger Things is currently streaming on Netflix.

 

Kira McCall covers entertainment for MFST. She’s a freelance writer and alum of Towson University where she studied advertising, public relations, and creative writing. Follow her on Twitter at cocovanilla45 (GirlsofManyFandoms) and kiramira_.

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