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 things I enjoyed so much in the first season that are lacking here are compensated by a more epic and engrossing storyline. Apart from the bland first episode and the sappy and formulaic seventh, the episodes seemed to have the same or more quality. A reinforced emotional strength and the new characters added a lot.