Netflix’s “Stranger Things” Returns for Second Season

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By Ariana Colasuonno

Staff Reporter

After the first season premiered in 2016, “Stranger Things” fans have been anticipating its return.

The teaser trailer for season two was released during Super Bowl LI. Months later, the second season in its entirety was made available for streaming on Netflix on Friday, Oct. 27.

“I think ‘Stranger Things’ is a well put together show for just being a Netflix Original Series,” said junior Samantha Tusi. “They definitely didn’t think it was going to be this big of a hit.”

“Stranger Things” takes place in a small town during the 1980s. It follows a series of disappearances and other horrific events; including the disappearance of the character, Will, played by Noah Schnapp.

Will’s friends, older brother and mother, and the chief of the town all set out to try to find him. Along the way, viewers are introduced to different characters, including a young girl named Eleven, who has supernatural powers.

The show primarily consists of a younger cast, including Millie Bobby Brown, who’s 13, Gaten Matarazzo, who’s 15, and Caleb McLaughlin, who’s 16. However, the show isn’t necessarily geared for a young age group.

“I think it targets anyone over the age of 15, but mostly the older crowd,” said junior Stephanie Santoro. “The storyline is what makes it entertaining for those that are older. It’s kind of genius in that way, because since it’s in the 80s the older generation can relate to it but the storyline is entertaining to anyone, especially those into science fiction.”

When the show first premiered, it quickly caught on and got a fanbase.

“I started watching ‘Stranger Things’ because my best friend had it on her TV and forced me to watch it, since I usually don’t like shows like this,” said senior Christina Mavroudis. “But I ended up really liking it.”

However, for some people, watching “Stranger Things” was not on the top of their to-do list.

“After watching the show ‘Lost,’ I have commitment issues when it comes to TV shows,” said senior Christopher Kantor. “But ‘Stranger Things’ sounds dope.”

“Stranger Things” has a 8.9 out of 10 on IMDb, and a rating of 95% on Rotten Tomatoes.

“I like the series. It’s very different than anything I’ve ever watched,” said Mavroudis. “I normally don’t like scary type of shows, but after the first episode I kept wanting to watch more.”

After the first season, viewers had mixed emotions on whether they were happy with how the first season ended.

“Yes and no. Yes because my homegirl Eleven showed herself to be the brave hero we all knew she was,” said Santoro. “But no because you clearly know something was wrong with Will after everything he’s been through.”

After the success of the first season, the expectations and excitement surrounding season two were high.

“I expect the same sort of style where something entertaining is going on, which makes you want to binge-watch the season,” said senior Ermir Celaj.

Since all of the episodes in season two are going to be released at the same time, it makes it easy for viewers to binge-watch the whole season.

“Maybe I won’t binge-watch it right away, but I’m probably not going to watch it without binge-watching it,” said sophomore Christian Masses.

Seasons one and two of “Stranger Things” are available to stream on Netflix.

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