There will be spoilers for the season in here, sorry! I’m far too excited and into the show not to gab my head off.
So, about a month ago Stranger Things released their second season (which my friend and I binged the HECK out of, and then I watched it a second time with my family, who operates slower on TV shows), and, I have to say, I think I loved it even more than I loved the first season, and I L-O-V-E-D the first season.
Yeah, I’m one of those fans. I adore this show endlessly.
Let’s follow with what I did the time I talked about Stranger Things Season One. Cool?
As it was last time, I love the setting. 1980s, limited technology, the style of the clothing. Adore it, and it always gives the show a little more struggle since Google is not a thing and, well, shit’s going down.
I even had a moment when Nancy was looking over Steve’s paper and it was hand-written where I was wondering why it wasn’t typed up — and then I realized that hand-written things were still the norm back in the 80s. You didn’t just email your paper away, like you do now.
As usual, I loved all of the characters in the main group of kids that we see again. Dustin is still my fave of them all, but Will’s scenes were epic. I’m in awe at how great a minor character from the previous season is possibly the best child actor in the whole thing this time around. Noah did a fantastic job, I can’t get over it.
What’s completely different this time around, though, is who my favorite character is overall. Last season, my favorite character was Dustin, but this season? I was absolutely smitten with Steve through and through. I loved everything about him this season, and the fact he kept getting stuck watching the kids was GREAT.
Apparently this was common consensus. Steve was just the favorite over all this time around, and I think it’s fantastic. More Steve, father of five, next season pls.
I will admit, I didn’t really get the point of Billy. He’s mean, taking his anger out on the wrong people, and his dad is a massive asshole. If he doesn’t get some sort of redemption arc at some point, I’ll be surprised, but I also wouldn’t be opposed to it existing. I love redemption arcs.
And finally, Bob. I personally really loved Bob, especially watching it a second time around knowing what’s going to happen in the endgame of the season. Joyce really picked a good guy up with him.
I’ll admit I wasn’t really thrilled with the sudden episode away from Hawkins so El/Jane could meet up with her sister Kali, but I do understand it was necessary for what will probably be important in the following seasons. I preferred the story inside Hawkins, with will, to El’s story, even though they both will likely come to the same close since they’re obviously intertwined.
As for the Hawkins story, I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next. I do feel bad for Joyce and Hopper, who have to keep going through these wild mysteries just when they think everything’s going okay, but I can’t wait for the next big thing to blow up so we can see where the story’s going to go next.
Bring on season 3!