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Netflix’s Stranger Things Season 2 is strangely captivating

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I’ve been recommending Netflix’s Stranger Things to everyone I know since the first season came out last year. When the second season came out, I watched all of it in under 24 hours. So, now I just have more to talk about when I recommend it to people to watch.

Mike, Will, Dustin, and Lucas are the same as before—nerdy kids who just happen to be the ones that save the world. One of my favorite things about these four is that they are about the same ages as the characters they play—thank you Netflix for being accurate.

Eleven does not disappoint either, nothing strange there. The effort that Mike puts in to connect with her after her disappearing in season one has been dubbed ‘goals’ on social media, and I can’t say I really disagree.

The season does add a set of new characters—step brother/sister Max and Billy. I liked how Max was so not the typical girl of the time, so (of course) she got added to the gang. She’s a redhead though, so it makes sense.

Even with all the good things, there are two elements I was not a huge fan of in season two. First, Steve and Nancy? Really? Watch the season and you will get what I mean, but that definitely did not make me too happy. Even though it kind of makes sense, it also would have made sense if it did not happen.

Another thing that I liked, but did not quite add up to me, was why Eleven’s ‘sister’ never shows up at the end. I was literally watching the second to last episode and waiting for her to appear, and she never did. I’m expecting that she will play a large part in season three though.

As far as the storyline, it is just as good as the first season. Just about every question that I had from the end of the first season is answered, while also creating new cliff-hanger questions at the end of season two, so I’m already ready for season three to come out.

Something that I am curious about though is how many seasons of Stranger Things they are going to have. The main idea of the whole series is the Otherside, and how the animals/things in it are trying to take over Earth, but I do not think you can expand that idea far beyond four seasons without it seeming repetitive.

For that reason, I kind of expect that season three may be the last season of Stranger Things. Maybe they will stretch it out into four, but I hope they do not push it far past that. I love the show and do not want it to end, but at the same time if it drags on, I will stop loving the show.

4.5 out of 5 spurs

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