I don't envy the Duffer Brothers having to follow up the first season of "Stranger Things," one of the few pop culture moments of the last two years that could be called a genuine phenomenon - and not one that immediately begged for a sequel. Season Two was never going to match that impact, and its not without its issues, but at its best this is a smart and frequently subversive blend of Eighties genre movie tropes.
Following Cameron's "Aliens" cue: when doing a sequel, go big or go home. Terrific new characters, unexpected friendships, more fire power, a bigger threat and more background information about the series' own mythology. Stellar cast, but Millie and Noah stole the show: give those kids all the awards. With its cuteness, nostalgia and storytelling-efficiency "Stranger Things" is still incredibly entertaining.
I don't care what anyone says. This season is SUPERIOR to season 1 (The main criticism you can throw at it is how they handled episode 7 & Bob's death scene- which was executed in such a clichéd manner with the over dramatization being played up with the slow motion. Otherwise it was neigh flawless season in my mind, overall it is just a more rewarding, entertaining & engaging experience. The wait was worth it...
The best compliment I could give Stranger Things, a series that strives to entertain with one foot in the past, is that it evoked the same feelings I felt as a kid watching the movies that influenced it. And in places it does that, which compensates for ep7's godawfulness and character actions too often dictated by plot development instead of believability. Ultimately it’s a funhouse dungeon I’ll gladly brave again.