Following the success of its first season, fans of the Netflix Original series “Stranger Things” are anticipating the release of the show’s second season. While there has not been an official announcement about its release date, it is confirmed for its production, and is predicted that it will be released mid-to-late 2017.
“Each episode always ends with a cliffhanger and it makes you want to watch more until there’s nothing left to watch,” senior Natalie Ngim said. “I like the show because of the 80’s vibe, too.”
The show itself follows the adventures of three small-town boys in 1980’s Indiana who search for their friend Will Ryder who mysteriously disappears in the first episode. Most of the success of the show can be attributed to the nostalgic tone of the series and fans enjoy how the cinematography is a nod to horror movies of the era.
Even if you aren’t a fan of classic 1980’s horror films, you would still be likely to enjoy the show. I’ve seen the classics like ‘Carrie’ and ‘The Manhattan Project’ that the show references, but you don’t need to understand the references to enjoy them. The nostalgic feeling is there, and that’s what you’ll take away from the series when you watch it.
In an interview on June 27, 2016 with Time Magazine, lead actress Winona Ryder commented that the series was, “this love letter to the movies [the directors] watched when they were growing up. They’re in their mid-thirties, so they grew up with these films like ‘Stand by Me,’ ‘E.T.’ and ‘Close Encounters.’ I know nostalgia has come back a lot.”
Personally, I think the show can also attribute its success to its medium. Fans can stream the series at any time on almost any device, making it easier to keep watching. In the past, you would wait for your favorite show to air on TV, but due to the rise in the popularity of web series, you don’t have to wait to watch your favorite shows. To watch the whole series in one setting, you would need to set aside about seven hours.
“With Netflix, I can binge watch the entire season instead of waiting for new episodes to come out, and there are no commercials,” Ngim said.
Film critics also recognize the show’s success. In 2016, the series was nominated for two Golden Globe awards, a Grammy for its soundtrack, a People’s Choice Award and various other awards. In January, at the 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Stranger Things won an award for Outstanding Performance in an Ensemble in a Drama Series.
The first season left many questions: Where’s Barb? What happened to Eleven? How did the town respond to Will coming back from the dead? What happens next?
In an interview on Aug. 11, 2016 with the New York Times, the show’s creators Matt and Ross Duffer said, “We can’t pick up at Christmas time, where we left off. We’ve been talking a lot about “Harry Potter” just in terms of how they dealt with these kids growing older.”
According to the Duffer brothers fans should expect to see more grown up versions of their favorite characters in the upcoming second season. Many of the actors are children, so fans will get to grow up with the cast (just like “Harry Potter” fans have done) as new seasons and episodes come out in the future.
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All 8 Stranger Things episodes premiered in July of 2016, and are available to be streamed on Netflix. The second season’s release date has not been announced, but is highly anticipated.