What second season slump? 'Stranger Things 2' is a nostalgic horror hit
'Stranger Things 2' gets off to a slow start, but hang in there, it's well worth watching
After the first season became a sleeper hit for Netflix last year, there's been plenty of expectation about the Duffer Brothers' Stranger Things 2. Released last week, the second season continues to deliver plenty of Goonies-style adventure with a dark twist of horror to satisfy fans of the original just in time for Halloween.
With its gangly bunch of geeky kid heroes, its small-town setting and its generally well-maintained balance of kooky humour and creepy eeriness, the series is a perfect homage to the world of '80s movies pioneered by Steven Spielberg and John Carpenter in the days when Ronald and Nancy were in love in the White House, men like Donald Trump were making pot loads of money and the blockbuster was the king of the multiplex.
There are references to everything from ET to Stand by Me, Poltergeist and Halloween in the Duffers' loving homage to the films of their childhood.
Stranger Things is a series starring children that's very much for adults and its second season manages to keep true to the spirit of the first while racking up the tension and horror elements and giving its talented young cast plenty to work with.
Conceived of as Stranger Things 2 - almost a second film rather than a second season - the season, while still dealing with the characters introduced in the first and locating its action in the fictional small town of Hawkins, Indiana, spreads its story further and splits up the action between the story of Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) and his band of friends and that of Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), the girl with telekinetic powers whose arrival in the first season caused so much havoc.
Eleven, after having being instrumental in saving Will, is now on her own journey, without the gang, kept secretly safe by Sheriff Jim Hopper (David Harbour).
WATCH the trailer for Stranger Things 2..