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Only one more day until Stranger Things season 2! Anyone else excited?

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I loved season 1 but its been like a year so I think Ill rewatch it in the winter before seeing season 2.

Posted October 26th by S.O.H.
S.O.H.
 

I am. Loved the first season. Had a real 90s vibe to it for me.

Posted October 26th by Vandy
Vandy

Ha! That's kind of funny to hear given so much love for the show was rooted in '80s nostalgia.

This one is tricky. I am excited, but I won't be marathoning it. So much of why Stranger Things really stood out was the complete lack of knowledge of what it was. People just told me to watch it, and I did. I've managed to avoid all information about the second season to maximize that, but I already know the general gist of the show. So it can't "surprise me" like the first season did. Which is always going to be a bummer about sequels.

Posted October 26th by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

Well, I can't really say what the 80s vibe would feel like since I was born in the 90s. But I'm sure it's more 80s than 90s.

As with any show or movie that I know I will be watching, I haven't seen any trailers or info about it.

Posted October 26th by Vandy
Vandy

I'm very excited. Just rewatched the first season this month in preparation, and it reminded me how much I enjoyed it. Hopefully they can keep up the quality and tight plotting for a second season!

Posted October 26th by white lancer
white lancer
 

I've only seen the first teaser trailer and that's it. I might just marathon season 1 today and then marathon season 2 on Halloween. I just hope I can avoid spoilers for that long

Posted October 27th by -Riku-
-Riku-
 

I'm gonna use this thread as the one for discussing season 2. Figured it made sense, rather than make a whole separate post.

Posted October 27th by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

I'm three episodes in. So far so good! I do have some criticisms, but I'm pretty happy with it thus far.

Posted October 27th by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

Although I did discover my biggest pet peeve in media, which is when someone in a television show, movie, or game say something like, "This isn't *insert fiction*, this is real life!" HA HA! Get it??? 'Cuz it's actually not real life! It IS a television show! HA HA!

Posted October 27th by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

Ugh. I did *not* mean to watch the bulk of it in one day. Just sorta happened as I've been cleaning the house. I'm just starting episode 7. Still like it, and I still think it's a quality show, but definitely have some more criticisms of season two than I did for season one.

Right now, I feel like everything is just too disjointed. There are several stories happening at once, which is fine (and happened in the previous season), but so far, they don't all feel connected.



Gonna take a break for now. Watch some baseball. Will probably try to end this tonight. Ha.

Posted October 27th by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

Ugh. I did *not* mean to watch the bulk of it in one day.

Yeah I didnt mean to watch it today. Im wrapping up episode 3 going to take a break for a while.

I keep comparing what Ive seen to the new IT movie. Which isnt fair.

Edited October 28th by s.o.h.
s.o.h.
 

So I think my ultimate issue with season 2 is:



Still think it was fine, and I liked it. But, yeah. That's the gist of my criticism.

Posted October 28th by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

6 episodes in and I agree with all of your criticisms.

has there been a netflix original that has had a solid second season? (other than narcos)

Edited October 28th by s.o.h.
s.o.h.
 

Don't people like Bojack Horseman? As in, seasons past the first are better?

Posted October 29th by Laxan
Laxan
 

bojamk hotrdeman isv the bext netflix show

Posted October 29th by poptarthj
poptarthj
 

Never seen it. Is it a Netflix original? I thought Netflix had picked it up from somewhere else

Posted October 29th by S.o.h.
S.o.h.
 

I finished the show yesterday (skipped episode 7 though) and I have no interest to continue on with later seasons.


Dustin is a great character though.

Posted October 29th by S.O.H.
S.O.H.
 

See, the thing is that I kinda do really like all of the characters. And I don't even hate any of the plot lines in season two. It just didn't all connect as tightly or converge very organically, and some of the characters just didn't really get a great arc (looking at Eleven on this one).



Posted October 30th by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

I'm 8 episodes in and will probably finish it today. I, too, wound up just binging the show (7 episodes yesterday on a day off of work) even though I wasn't originally planning on it--the fact that most of the episodes ended on cliffhangers a la Lost had something to do with it. I generally really enjoyed the first six episodes and thought that 7 and 8 were noticeably weaker. I haven't read Jet's final thoughts yet as I haven't quite finished the story, so there may be some repetition with my own.



Posted October 31st by white lancer
white lancer
 

I really feel like, even though I suspect to be more critical of the show than most people, Episode 7 will wind up being polarizing. It really does feel like something out of a different show. It almost felt a little "Heroes"-y to me, mixed with some 1990s UK Marvel comic.

I forgot about Bob.



I think the big thing with the Max/Mike thing is that they just don't give it time. They have, like, three scenes together, and so there's never going to be a sound conclusion to that mini-thread.

Posted October 31st by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

was this season shorter than the last?

Posted October 31st by s.oh..
s.oh..
 

That's funny that you say that, Jet, because I definitely thought of Heroes when I was watching Episode 7. I think some of the scenes between Eleven and Kali were pretty solid, and they might have worked as individual scenes in an episode that involved the rest of the cast, but as it was it was too far away from the normal show. I've now finished the season, and it turns out we have fairly similar thoughts on the show.



All that being said, I did enjoy the season as a whole aside from Episode 7. My suspicion was always that it was going to be hard to keep up the quality of the first season, and that bore itself out here--the show was a little repetitive and less tightly-plotted. But I still thought it was pretty good and certainly entertaining, and I still liked almost all of the characters.

Posted October 31st by white lancer
white lancer
 

Yeah. I agree. The central characters and cast are still the draw of the show. Hopper was especially good this year, I thought. I still think I would have preferred an anthology-style show, and it moved around from place to place to see different stories of how the Upside Down is maybe impacting the normal world. (I also feel like I left with more questions about what the hell the Upside Down even is.) But I get why that isn't so appealing.



@SOH

No. Season 2 is longer. Season 1 was 8 episodes, each about 45 minutes. Season 2 was 9 episodes, each about an hour.

I actually think this is maybe part of the problem. The disjointed plot threads wind up interrupting and undercutting each other sometimes. Episode 7 was especially frustrating because it has nothing to do with the central story, but also completely interrupts the flow of it. But that feels a bit like how a lot of stories work (I'd argue everything with Billy does that, too).

Posted October 31st by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

Oh I see.

I would have changed Elevens arc. Keep certain elements of it but put the opening of episode 1 as a post credit scene and drop a version of episode 7 during christmas but that just me. I guess episode 7 was needed as way for eleven to...




I could be wrong as I didnt watch it.

Posted October 31st by S.O.H.
S.O.H.
 

I mean, that's what they wound up using it for, but it was very contrived and took an obnoxious amount of time to have that one quasi-Luke on Dagobah sequence.



And yes, I understand they're copying that from sequels they loved in the '80s. It's not that different than Luke's plot line in Empire Strikes Back. I just happen to think copying the worst parts of things just because they're '80s doesn't make it good. I felt like they did a good job mostly mimicking good elements of '80s films in the first season. The second season felt like they kinda just took the worst things. Like they set out to make an inferior sequel, but that's ok because that's what most '80s sequels were.

Posted October 31st by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

Yeah, I wondered about the anthology thing, too (as I recall, that was the original plan for Heroes, though I'm not sure switching things up would have saved that show from bad writing!). Part of the charm of the first season was watching how these different people slowly realized and came to accept that something beyond the norm was happening here--there was even conflict between the younger kids in that, as Lucas played the reasonable skeptic to the other two being more willing. Here, they all figure things out quite quickly--as I said, I'm glad they weren't all "there's no way something weird could be happening here!" since the characters logically should know better, but it did lose something from being the second time around. Given that there are likely going to be a few more seasons of the show, probably with the same cast, I think it'll start to feel a little silly that this completely random group of people somehow manage to survive all this ridiculous stuff. As much as I enjoy these characters, this particular setup does feel a little better for a movie than for a TV show.

Posted November 1st by white lancer
white lancer
 

I couldn't stand Mike when he was with anyone other than Will. Which is upsetting because he was great last season. Will was absolutely my second favorite of the kid characters (first being Dustin). Lucas was also vastly improved and much more likeable. Lucas's sister was hilarious. Bob as a character I liked. Mike's parents and Herb's parents were so boring! Joyce was the most interesting.



Edited November 2nd by -Riku-
-Riku-
 

I feel like we maybe watch different stuff if you think Stranger Things tends to avoid cliches. To me, the fact that its so derivative of everything they loved in the '80s has also meant they lean in hard on all of the cliches of those films. Both seasons have done it. Season 2 is just a lot worse at it.

Posted November 2nd by Jet Presto
Jet Presto



Posted November 2nd by -Riku-
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Posted November 2nd by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

I couldn't stand Mike when he was with anyone other than Will.

Agreed, though I never saw him as anything more than "fine" last season. For me, he was the all-too-common vanilla protagonist that was solid but a little overshadowed by the more interesting characters around him. But at least he wasn't annoying like he was when interacting with Max this season. His scenes with Will did redeem him a bit as he wound up being the only one with the time to treat Will like a real friend.



Best part about Episode 7 was Eleven learning the word "Bitchin'." I think the humor wasn't quite as strong this season as last, but there were definitely some gems. I'm particularly a fan of "Hey dickheads, how come the only one helping me is this random girl?" Steve is awesome.

Edited November 2nd by white lancer
white lancer
 

Speaking of humor, this silly thing is maybe one of the few memes I've actually like:




https://twitter.com/hopperdancingto

Edited November 2nd by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

So here are my extended thoughts.



Posted November 3rd by -Riku-
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Posted November 4th by LLight
LLight

So, I finally got around to watching season 2 of this. Here are my thoughts:



Posted Yesterday Evening by Xhin
Xhin
 

So, some thing that were actually good this season:



Overall it felt like the entire purpose of this season was to set up plot threads for the next season. I enjoyed the first few episodes and wish they had kept that up for the rest of the season. Maybe season 3 will be better?

Posted Yesterday Evening by Xhin
Xhin
 

That's probably the most accurate description of it: set up for the next season primarily.

The thing about the demidogs is this:

If season one were Alien, then season two was going to be Aliens. Get it? Like one of their favorite sequels that was in the '80s! They even cast Paul Reiser! GET IT!?!? So meta!

(I make that joke a lot, but I actually do really like Paul Reiser.)

Posted Yesterday Evening by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

I agree with all the hate for Will. The only time he gives Max any positive attention causes the superpowerful Eleven to hate her. She just can't get a break. I honestly have no idea why she hangs out with these losers.

I watched the whole thing because I was told it would get better as it went on. It didn't, really.

Billy was actually kind of cool in that he was sort of like a sociopathic bully, which is very Stephen King-esque, but didn't get a horrible death, which is very not. Also it was disappointing that his homoerotic feelings towards Steve were not revealed more completely at the end.

Posted Yesterday Evening by Agis
Agis
 

Ah! I forgot about that! The homoerotic attitude towards Steve was maybe the most interesting Billy was in the entire show! Thought that was going to turn into something.

Posted Last Night by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

I agree with all the hate for Will. The only time he gives Max any positive attention causes the superpowerful Eleven to hate her.

You mean Mike?

And I definitely thought Billy was trying to hide his homosexuality. I wouldn't like Steve to be gay though.

Posted Last Night by Fox Forever
Fox Forever

I’m gay!!

Posted 3 Hours ago by MSS
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