“Stranger Things 2” is a triumphant return to Hawkins


ALMOST the instant “Stranger Things” was released last year, the baying of fans desperate for the next instalment was ear-splitting. Hopes are so high for the second season—all nine episodes of which were released on Netflix on October 27th—that disappointment seems almost inevitable. But fans can breathe easy: “Stranger Things 2” lives up to its predecessor.

What made the first season such a tour de force was the quality of its storytelling: Matt and Ross Duffer, the show’s creators, had viewers convulsively grabbing their chair arms from the opening scene. The pace of the second season starts slow, but this is no bad thing. The predominant setting (and virtually a character in itself) is still Hawkins, the fictional Indiana town where, despite the presence of a secretive and sinister government lab, it felt as if nothing ever happened. Now, of course, stranger things have happened, and the town’s residents are trying their best to put all that behind them and get on with their…Continue reading

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