Stranger Things: Season 2 Review: more stakes, more excitement

Stranger Things is back and it’s way better than the first one. The cast of charming kids are back and they are as charismatic as ever. The children are one of the strongest elements of this series providing great comedy and nostalgia. Their innocence gives the series more effective scares as our inner kid identifies with the fear of unknown.

Right off the bat, Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) is a standout. He is funny in every scene he’s in and he definitely steals the spotlight There’s a new member of the party and her name is Max (Sadie Sink). She’s a nice addition to the crew but she could’ve been written better to serve the story. We see a lot more of Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) and he acts very well. His character adds a lot of emotional weight to the story and his well being kinda makes you worry considering that he is going through a lot of stress after the things he experienced in the upside down. Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) is awesome. There is one full episode where we spend time with Eleven and she meets these outcasts that is led by Kali (Linnea Beryhelsen). I do think that it is cool to meet another one in this universe with special abilities but I didn’t like this episode because the outcasts didn’t feel natural. It gave me more questions than answers as to how they live their lives and they didn’t feel relevant at all. The way the previous episode ended made me feel pumped for the next one and for them to not continue that and fully dedicate the next episode to Eleven’s journey feels like a total cock block. The first two episodes feel like a drag because it kept introducing a lot of characters and story arcs but once it picks up, you can’t help but binge watch it. Everyone from the main cast feels relevant to the story and it keeps you excited and interested to see it all the way through

It is very intriguing to see how things unfold and the wonderful cast makes the characters rich and fun to watch. The story has a lot more stakes. It expands upon the concepts of the first one and doubles the tension and horror aspects. It’s only 9 episodes long and I don’t see a reason why you shouldn’t watch it.

I give Stranger Things 2 an 8/10

Written by Hans Erickson Lim

Currently in my collegiate years at De La Salle College Of St. Benilde major in Consular and Diplomatic Affairs. I've been regarded as a film critic but I'd like to humbly label myself as a "cinephile"