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Stranger Things 2: Strangely as good as the first

 

* Warning!! Contains some spoilers! But if you haven’t finished season two by now then you really need to get it together. *

Stranger Things 2 made its debut exactly two weeks ago, and suddenly all was right in the world. I watched every episode in less than 48 hours and have spent more time than I care to admit looking at memes about the show online. Some might call that sad, but they just can’t recognize dedication.

I fell in love with the show after the first season. In my opinion, it was as close to perfection as a show could get. I was thrilled when I heard the creators of the show, the Duffer Brothers and Netflix, were going to make a second season, but I was also nervous. Could the new season come close to the genius that was season one? Would I be disappointed and lose some of my love for the show?

After the first episode, all my doubts about the new season were gone. I was hooked right from the start, and when I finished the last episode, I was ready for more. Season two exceeded my expectations, and I loved it more than the first, which I didn’t think was possible.

In season two, you have the same characters we all loved from season one, but a few new faces are thrown in the mix. The beautiful thing about this season was that, because we had already gotten to know the main characters in season one, we got a more in-depth look into their individual personalities.

We see Eleven’s backstory start to come together, see her powers grow stronger and learn a bit more about life inside Hawkins Lab. We watch as Will copes with the aftermath of the upside down, and how strong he is while being possessed by the shadow monster. We see Dustin and Caleb battle it out for the new girl, Max. We see Hopper become a loving dad again, this time to Eleven. We see Joyce fall in love. But most importantly, we see Steve Harrington grow into a loving, caring person who practically adopts Dustin and the rest of the gang. He is willing not only to risk his life for them but also give up the secret to his great hair.

In season one, we get a glimpse into the upside down, and the demogorgon that lives inside it. In season two, all hell breaks loose, in an epic and suspenseful turn of events. There are demogorgon babies, a large shadow monster that only Will can see, and tunnels that run underneath Hawkins that demogorgons run through. Like season one, the last few episodes focus on killing those demogorgons, saving Will, and closing the gate to the upside down for good. The team is back together and saving the world, and it’s glorious. Everyone works together, kicks ass, and saves the day.

The last few minutes of the last episode are reserved for happy times. Caleb gets the girl, Will gets asked to dance, Nancy saves the day by dancing with Dustin, and Mike finally fills his promise to Eleven to take her to the Snowball. All seems well in Hawkins, but right before the show cuts off, the world gets turned upside down – again – and the shadow monster is right back where it started; Hawkins Middle.

Where will season three go from here? What does the ending mean? Did the gate really get closed? Does Will ever catch a break? I need to know, but sadly I’m going to have to wait a while to get answers. In the meantime, I’ll be rewatching season two and scouring the internet for more memes and theories.

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