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Stranger Things is Back
TV Critic Amelia Hiller looks at the first episode of the highly anticipated Netflix original Stranger Things 2
It’s Friday 27th October, and I have been wearing my new Stranger Things jumper all day. After all, I have been waiting a year for the release of a second season and like so many others, I am totally invested in the Stranger Things hype. After binge-watching the first season this time last year (eight episodes just wasn’t enough), I have been eagerly checking social media for news regarding the second season, and if the released trailers are anything to go by, it certainly will not be a disappointment.
“There was an immediate sense of mystery from the opening scene
The episode began with the classic 80’s vibe which viewers know and love, and there were also a few cultural references which fit in with the set era (e.g. anxiety regarding Russian spies) making the setting even more authentic. On an additional note, Nancy Wheeler (played by Natalia Dyer) really pulled off some classic vintage knitwear! Overall, I thought the theme and setting was very well-established, and the mix between reality and ‘upside down’ did not feel forced at all. If anything, they could have combined the two slightly more without overdoing things for an introductory episode.
“This throws up so many questions which will hopefully be answered sooner rather than later
“Things start getting weird very early-on
While I could let the lack of demagorgans and other weird happenings slide, I couldn’t disregard the absence of Eleven. The last season left viewers unsure if she was even alive, but after it was confirmed that Millie Bobby-Brown was returning for Stranger Things 2, I presumed that by this point in the episode she would’ve made an appearance. There were literally two minutes left, and I thought I would have to wait. But when I saw those Eggo’s on Jim Hopper’s table, the episode really came together for me.
The episode was everything I was expecting, and although I did not feel like it was massively packed with action, in hindsight that is probably just me being greedy. There are eight further episodes, and these will unravel many of the questions established in MADMAX whilst also continuing storylines from the first season. Episode one had just the right amount of spooky, although arguably not enough Eleven, and there’s certainly no justice for Barb happening yet so it will be good to see if this occurs later. It is definitely going to be a thrilling series.