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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 14:45 
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One episode to go in Season 2, it's been magnificent except for:

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The fuck is Episode 7 about? First off it committed the cardinal sin of breaking up the cliffhanger ending from Episode 6 so we had to wait until Episode 8 for that, and on top of that it was a pants episode anyway.

They could have simply jettisoned the entire episode and the season would have been better for it IMO.

Crappy characters, badly written, subject matter vaguely related to the main story. Is it supposed to be demonstrating that Eleven isn't a murderer like the other subjects or something, or she's better than them, or that her friends are more important to her?

I didn't get the point of it at all.


Looking forward to Episode 9 tonight though, assuming it's not set in an ice cream parlour and is all about which flavour ice creams are nicest with Flakes in them.

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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
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We covered all that in the US TV thread ;)

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Anything posted in that thread about Stranger Things is fake news and I refuse to acknowledge it.

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Was hoping to finish this off tonight, but Joan's has got football. :(

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We watched episode eight last night. It started off a bit like a Resident Evil film, then when the big bad brother was preening himself, he looked like the killer out of Silence of the Lambs!

Just waiting for Joan's to get home now..

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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
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Finished it last night. It's definitely not as good as S1, but still better than most TV shows and the ending sequence was just superb.


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I finished it last night too, however I felt S2 was just as good as S1 (apart from the dreadful misstep detailed above).

Yes it didn't have quite the element of freshness that the original season brought to the table but I felt it conveyed the sense of a bigger threat very well, gave the characters room to grow and develop, and had some real emotional resonance.

It didn't perhaps have the straight-up baddy of Dr Brenner from S1 but in the long run I found Sam Owens an equally interesting character (arguably more so, in fact). The character of Bob Newby was great too, written and acted very well as an unlikely hero.

The soundtrack was fantastic, it made me laugh several times with some really good lines, ratcheted up the tension and scares to genuinely uncomfortable levels on multiple occasions, and did enough gore (without being gratuitous) to convey an imposing sense of risk and horror, as required by the story.

Ultimately it's a very human tale despite the fantastical sci-fi/throwback/horror/etc stylings.

I'd peg both seasons at a solid 905/1000.

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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
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I mostly agree with Hearthly

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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
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I've already forgotten most of S2, frankly. Wasn't there a school disco and stuff?

Vanity Fair nails it for me:

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I won’t spoil any more of the mystery of Season 2, but I will say that much of it plays like a lukewarm rehash, with a bit more red meat thrown in to cover up the mustiness. It’s a classic sequel form, really. There are some welcome inventions—particularly in casting Paul Reiser as a kindly government scientist, a witty counterbalance to Matthew Modine’s villain from last season. But mostly the show just regurgitates itself, making Stranger Things Season 1 another of its reference points, joining the likes of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Aliens, and Jurassic Park, all alluded to this season.

The trouble is, Stranger Things hasn’t yet earned canonization the way those hallowed properties have—so the second season’s self-regard lands badly; it’s premature. Having the great David Harbour and Winona Ryder do the same desperate shtick from the first season and hoping we’ll affectionately say, "Oh, right, remember?" doesn’t really work when the thing only aired last year, and when the series has been ubiquitously joked about and parodied since. This is a common peril, but it’s especially concentrated here, this feeling that the show exhausted itself with its own success. It’s why everyone at HBO interested in a second season of the perfectly ended Big Little Lies should watch Stranger Things 2—a meandering, intermittently entertaining follow-up that dims our memory of the original fun, of that excitement and sense of occasion. I still ate it up in one big gulp. But I was hungry again an hour later. Only, not for more of the same.


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Finally watched it!

Dusty is lovely. Also enjoyed the characters of Bob and Steve this series. :)

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