Netflix Pick – Stranger Things 2
It was only a matter of time before I stuck my nose in and gave you my thoughts on our Netflix Pick for Stranger Things 2. I was slightly late to the party for Stranger Things 2, when I watched the first episode, I was expecting to plan a weekend of binge-watching. It’s probably a good thing it didn’t grip me straight away, but it does have some redeeming qualities that most series sequels don’t seem to adapt. Read below for my Strangers Things 2 Review. I would like to point out that this doesn’t come with a SPOILERS announcement because there aren’t any. This is merely an opinion on whether you should watch it.
Instead of getting straight onto my laptop like an angry keyboard warrior, I decided to wait and think about my overall opinion of Stranger Things 2. I remembered that this series is set to continue further to a 3rd and 4th because Netflix and Hollywood love nothing more than kicking a dead horse until it stops spewing out money, or the main actor gets involved in an unthinkable scandal.
Stranger Things 2 Review
Overall, considering it’s another title that seems to follow suit of multiple seasons and eventually watered down characters and less thought out plots. It’s actually not as a bad as I thought, but it was never going to be as good as Season 1. They’ve kept a lot of the unique things that made Stranger Things good, a good musical score, very good child acting for some originality in the modern things we watch.
If like me, you found the first season of Stranger Things very good, then it’s worth watching, but don’t be anticipating great things in this sequel series. Always remember that this can be considered a ‘filler’ series for the 3rd season. Similar to Breaking Bad, Power and basically most series that last longer than 2 seasons, it will follow the same codes and conventions of its genre. But I did enjoy the fact Stranger Things 2 starts to create a wider plot and increase the scale of things. It’s introduced new characters that may appear pivotal in future seasons, and it’s introduced characters we like who will, unfortunately, get killed off.
I suppose what could have made it a little better for me would be a bit of realism with the cast and their ‘endings’. I’ll use the word ‘Endings’ because ‘Deaths’ is too vague with such a weird horror/drama. For me, Game of Thrones has done amazing due to the fact all the cast are expendable and it adds to the viewer’s shock when the main character dies. This season didn’t really have that, which made me think that it really was just to tie up for Season 3. Very much like Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 was just added to get more ticket sales for the finale, which was pretty rubbish. If they condensed it into a 2-3 hour final film, you might have developed more success. But it’s about money with Hollywood and always will be.
I’ll leave the general review on a light note for a change, the acting from this young, unknown cast was impressive. I wonder which young actor will be involved in a scandal first?
I would suggest not watching Stranger Things 2 if you only thought “meh” to the first season. It’s essentially more of the same but maybe prolonged out a bit more. Be patient, if the Duffer Brothers continue with their plans for a 3rd and 4th season then leave it there, it could be something fantastic. I am certainly going to watch the next one.
IMDB Rating on both seasons = 9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating on both seasons = 94%
Big Dan’s Season 1 Rating = 9/10
Big Dan’s Season 2 Rating = 7/10
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