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.
Improvement over first season in a character department which is simplistically evident in a closing dance scene where every character feels like a friend with whom you like to hang out. Major issue is a storyline that relies on plot engine based on fetch quests, no engaging threat and predictable solutions - and that's a big deal for gaining any lasting value. Still, promising for future installments.
Whereas the first season had several storylines perfectly coming together, this season has so many loose ends. I wish the makers had used 'showing' rather than 'telling', and had been a bit more creative in their storytelling instead of giving us all these flashbacks, and treating the viewers as idiots. Also disappointing is how they replaced the slow but imposing demagorgon with the velociraptor type demadogs.
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...