Stranger Things 2 didn’t disappoint me at all. It’s one of the best shows out there. I don’t like horror, however, to miss Stranger Things is to lose a masterpiece. We left Eleven in the upsidedown, and our favorite kids reunited. But thanks to the new season we know what happens next. All of them suffer some trauma. Adults and kids try to make their best after the significant events that changed their lives forever.
In this new season, we get new characters and new foes. Max is the new girl in town, and she’s terrific. But not everyone in the group is happy. We also get to know what happens to love and friendship, and to Eleven.
[SPOILERS: some spoilers ahead! Stop reading here and head to Netflix. Then, come back here.]
Many things are going on at the same time. We start the show playing games and realizing that our heroes are broken and dealing with trauma. Even Max, the new girl, has some issues too. She’s cool, but how she arrives to be so cool is frightening. Her brother is a massive bully.
Remember the little bug that Will puke in the previous season? He’s back as a mascot at the beginning. Dustin gets attached to it and starts feeding it candy during Halloween. The problem is that the bug begins growing up super quickly until it kills the cat. At this point, Dustin starts to discover that he has a problem when the “pet” ends up being a Demogorgon. Dustin ends up creating a squat recruiting a “babysitter,” aka Steve who has bats with nails.
Will ends up invaded by the terrible monster that lurks and is trying to invade the town. This looks like a creepy metaphor for children abuse. The scene where the smoke-monster enters Will against his will is terrifying. (I’ve never felt so anxious with a show before!)
Meanwhile we end up knowing what happens to Eleven. She’s living with Hopper, who is trying to deal with his trauma. He lost his child, and now he seeks to protect Eleven far too much. In doing so, he revives his trauma. And so is Eleven. She was being held hostage by a mad scientist, and now she is kept in a house for her safety.
Will’s mother, Joyce, has a boyfriend who is a sweetie. (I can’t stop seeing Sam from Lord of the Rings. Sorry, not sorry!) He tries to help the family, but in doing so, he also messes things up. He’s the one who tells Will to fight the monster in his dreams. And that’s why Will ends being forcibly invaded.
While all this happens, Nancy and Jonathan try to air all that’s happen to Barb on the news with the help of a UFO/Russian conspiracy writer. No one is paying for her death, and her parents are selling their house to try to discover what happened to her.
As you can see, many storylines are happening at the same time. However, the main thread is how the show deals with trauma. Usually, we get action and horror movies where characters smile quickly after the terror has happened. But in this show, we get to see how every one of them is trying to deal with their share of trauma.
This show is intense. And despite having lots of children in it, it’s a show for adults. I won’t spoil the story further for you. If you have read these lines, but you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend you to check it on Netflix.
It brings so many memories from the past. Retro grames, bicycles, and bullies. It also tells us that heroes can be broken and that even the weakest can be the strongest, and vice-versa. To miss this show is to lose those memories and memorable characters. Go to Netflix now. Just stay away from Demogorgon pets. Your kitties (and puppies) will thank you sincerely.