Stranger Things 2 Review

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After the immense success of its first series, ‘Stranger Things' is back with a delightful concoction of 80s sci-fi nostalgia. As a viewer, you can see the show has really found its niche and the characters have become enlightening with their independent depths. The new characters are a perfect addition to the show with their completely contrasting personalities.  

The new series starts off with us viewing the aftermath of Eleven’s supposed death and Will’s return to the normal dimension. In true ‘Stranger Things’ style, all is not what it seems and the uneasy peace soon turns into complete disarray. The depths of the characters are slowly uncovered in such enriching moments; you feel a rollercoaster of emotions. 

Continuing from the first season, Eleven is the true star of the show. Her character faces new struggles and thought-provoking experiences; you can’t help but fall in love with her all over again. By the end of the series, you can see she is now at home with who she is and her capabilities. Her relationship with Mike is romance in its purest form and you root for them throughout its entirety.  

The storyline flows with ease and is coherent enough for the viewer to comprehend without hesitation. It provides just the right amount of mystery and suspense, you could easily binge watch it. The twists and turns become a bit predictable by the end but you can overlook it.  

The newest additions to the character roster show an incredible but conflicting depth and the actors provide great skill in their roles. Bob Newby was a loveable geek; Max Mayfield was a delightful tomboy and Billy Hargrove was a human villain. They all executed their roles perfectly and gained the respectful emotions to their particular character.  

One thing that really stood out this season was the connection between all the characters - new and old. The chemistry bounced off the screen with all the actors. It’s remarkable to see such young actors be able to portray the same level of professionalism found in the more experienced.  

The dialogue was great, if a bit cheesy in moments, when trying to push a sense of romance. The bouts of humour - to give the viewer a respite - were timed expertly. Dustin and Lucas bring a sense of relief when on screen and their love triangle with Max is a welcoming difference to the story.  

Overall, 'Stranger Things 2' is a great show to binge watch and it will stay with you even after it is long finished. It was a thrilling storyline to experience and the characters truly fulfil your expectations. The dialogue and humour are punchy and relayed with ease. You, as a viewer feel all the right emotions that the directors, producers and writers hoped to gain. You will not be disappointed by the hype surrounding the show.  

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