Second season stranger than first: Netflix original series continues to captivate audiences

CAUTION: Spoilers ahead!
Every nerd’s dream-show finally returned to Netflix for a second season, filled with “Dungeons and Dragons” references, telepathy, and my personal favorite-government conspiracies. If you haven’t guessed what show I’m referring to, then get out from under that metaphorical rock and watch Stranger Things. Season two of Stranger Things just came out and after watching it, I have so many questions.

Stranger Things is set in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, in the 1980’s and is based around five middle school kids who are going through above-average experiences. Between teen-breakups, A/V club, and saving the world from the “Upside Down” and its demon spawns, each of these kids live a sort of typical, atypical life. The government posing as helpful, educated scientists but are actually horrible people who try to kill one of the 5 kids, Will.

Some new characters were introduced in the newest season of Stranger Things and I honestly prefer the show without them. I got attached to the main characters, Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), Steve (Joe Keery), Jonathan (Charlie Heaton), and Nancy (Natalia Dyer) and didn’t feel like the new characters added anything to the show.

Eleven/Jane is a young kid who grew up in a lab and has telepathic powers. (which is the best power to have) In season two she meets the other girl she forgot who grew up in the lab with her. This other girl Eight/Kali can make people see things that aren’t really there. Together the two of them, and Eight’s three friends, make a team that is basically unstoppable. I don’t like her new friends and I tend wonder if they ill introduce other numbers Eleven and Eight.

Max and her step-brother Billy (Dacre Montgomery) are new to town, and he’s a jerk. Billy is a typical older brother but he acts like having Max as a step-sister is a chore.There is more to the story then we know but the brother has a temper and has something against Lucas and his little step-sister hanging out. Also the parents are no-where to be found most of the season.

I, as many Stranger Things fans, ship Mike and Eleven. In season two, episode three, Mike and Max end up in the gym while looking for Dustin’s strange lizard. Max (also known as madmax) decides to confront Mike about not being let in on anything in the inner circle of the boys friendship. She skates around him, teasing him, and he starts to laugh. Eleven sees them and their interaction but they don’t see her. She gets mad and makes Max fall off her skateboard and then leaves. When this happens, Mike senses something unusual an looks to where eleven was standing but she’s gone and so were my hopes and dreams of them seeing each other again. Eleven thinks that Mike has moved on, but he hasn’t. I think Eleven is too uneducated to realize that Mike isn’t interested in Max and making assumptions is never a good call for a telepathic weapon.

As far as other relationships on the show go, I think Steve and Jonathan should forget about Nancy. She can’t make up her mind between the two and, honestly, there are bigger problems than whether she loves Steve or Jonathan. One of those problems that needed to be be taken care of is the uprising of the Demogorgons. Being the metaphorical dad that Steve is, he helps take care of the problem. Steve is out there looking for Dustin’s strange lizard demon named after one of the musketeers, D’Artagnan. After the lizard eats Dustin’s cat and escapes, he recruits Steve to help exterminate Dart but it doesn’t work out. The demon lizard recruits its own exterminating team and goes to Hawkins National Labratory. While all this is happening, Nancy and Jonathan are making out, which doesn’t seem fair to my boy Steve.

Season two of Stranger Things is much better than season one because viewers get to know the characters a lot more and the plot line is
better. I’m glad the creators took the show a step further. The show gives nerds more credit for their hard work while also providing a fresh, new show for all different types of viewers. People don’t know what to expect and I think that’s what makes it so good and I’m already anticipating season three.