Duffer Brothers create another ‘Stranger Things’ hit

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Duffer Brothers create another ‘Stranger Things’ hit

Bryn Blumenthal, staff writer

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The cast of “Stranger Things” returns to Hawkins to take viewers back to the 80s, fight monsters, test friendships and create new dynamics in season two.

“Stranger Things” season two picks up about a year after season one ended.

We discover how characters are coping with their experiences from season one with the Upside Down and the Demogorgon, a monstrous creature who resides in the Upside Down. The normal life that characters have returned to is soon turned upside down (pun intended) near the anniversary of Will’s disappearance and the discovery of the strange happenings in the small town of Hawkins.

The biggest questions viewers had at the end of season one are answered throughout season two: What was it that Will coughed into the sink? Is Will going to suffer side effects from his time in the Upside Down? What happened to Eleven?

The Duffer Brothers did a fantastic job in creating a new season while still incorporating the aspects of the first season viewers loved: a supernatural thriller with a nostalgic 80s feel, a young girl with strange abilities navigating the world outside a laboratory and a young boy at the center of all the horrors occurring in Hawkins. Of course, they still incorporate the big question present in all 80s movies: “Where are the parents in all of this?” The parents, with the exception of Joyce Byers, all but disappear after a few episodes with no worries as to where their children are and what they are up to.

New characters are introduced into the season who struggle to find their place in the Hawkins’s niche of experienced characters who know what previously occurred in the town. Max (Sadie Sink) is the new girl in Mike, Dustin, Lucas and Will’s group of loyal friends and contends with the absent Eleven’s lingering presence. Billy Hargrove (Dacre Montgomery) becomes the rebellious bad boy who takes over Hawkins’s high school. Dr. Owens (Paul Reiser) takes the place of Dr. Brenner (Matthew Modine) but is trying alongside Chief Hopper to clean up the mess left by Brenner. We are also introduced to Bob Newby (Sean Astin), Joyce Byers’ love interest throughout the season.

One fault of the season was episode seven. Although the episode gave Eleven the chance to explore the world outside of Hawkins, it came across as a filler episode that didn’t belong and moved away from the main struggle and plot. Yes, the episode still contains Eleven and her supernatural abilities, but it feels as if you switched the channel over to another series. Because the episode doesn’t seem to entirely fit into the series, you wish for the episode to end and for Eleven to hurriedly return to Hawkins where her true group of friends need her help.

Again, the Duffer Brothers leave the end of the season open for another journey with the town of Hawkins and the big questions of “what will happen next” and “where will they go from here?”

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