Critic Consensus: Stranger Things' slow-building sophomore season balances moments of humor and a nostalgic sweetness against a growing horror that's all the more effective thanks to the show's full-bodied characters and evocative tone.
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Stranger Things provides a form of escapism that has nothing to do with alternate dimensions. It invites viewers to indulge in the sweet self-righteousness that can come with getting excluded for being uncool.
The second season steps up the pace gently, without losing its firm grip on the very specifically dated narrative speed of the first season.
A show that was primarily influenced by the Stephens (King and Spielberg) is layering that nostalgia cake with a frosting of James Cameron. Fans are going to eat it up.
With a tighter focus 'Stranger Things' season 2 could have been great - as it stands, we'll have to settle for almost great, and hope the Duffers are planning to make those apparently divergent threads make sense in season 3.
Audience Reviews for Stranger Things: Season 2
With the exception of one particularly offbeat and almost irrelevant episode, season two of Stranger Things is a magnificent example of how to evolve a series while staying true to what made the first season so great.
Stranger Things 2 continues its nostalgic and reminiscent momentum with more chilling thrills, charming laughs and heartfelt demeanor. The inclusion of some fresh faces along with its familiar faces giving us more of their dynamic charm and chemistry make for a satisfying second season that continues to leave us wanting more after its conclusion. 4.5/5
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