Netflix’s Stranger Things 2 Continues 80s Fest

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Ainsley Maddalena - Reporter

On July 15, 2016, the world was introduced to Hawkins, Indian, home of four best friends: Mike Wheeler, Dustin Henderson, and Lucas Sinclair who come across Eleven, a phycocenetick girl with a shaved head and limited vocabulary while searching for their missing friend Will Byers. With in an instant, the show was a hit and after over a year of patience, it has returned.

Even though it came out in July, I didn’t start watching it until that September and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. You could say it became my mantra. I was going crazy over Mileven (Mike and Eleven), how adorable Dustin is with his toothless grin, how Nancy doesn’t deserve Steve, and what that thing Will coughed up was. So, of course, I spent October 27 binging the first four episodes and October 28 binging the last five with my mom, brother, and his friend and we were not okay. I know that seems like a very valley girl thing to say but it is true. Ever episode was a cliffhanger and had twists and turns nobody should ever have to be put through, but alas, the Duffer Brothers decided otherwise. Also, I would advise breaking up the episodes while binging, even if you do half and half like I did. When we came back Saturday night to finish it, we placed bets and talked theories on the rest of the season.

Holy Moses and sweet Mary, the gods have blessed me to live in a time with great digital entertainment. Season two was an emotional rollercoaster and there were so many things I wasn’t ready for. Steve being a father figure to Dustin (this relationship originally unplanned), the Lucas and Max kiss that was apparently a joke by Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven) and Finn Wolfhard (Mike) according to the spin off show Beyond Stranger Things, and Jancy (Jonathan and Nancy) finally happening due to the best extenuating circumstances. But what had fans screaming (my living room was so loud, my dog began barking) was the Snow Ball. If you remember from season one when Mike asked Eleven to the dance but she ended up in an alternate dimension and wasn’t able to make it…hate when that happens. So the Duffer Brothers said in Beyond Stranger Things that it was a necessity for them to have a Snow Ball. Now, originally they were going to have a Mileven reunion at the Snow Ball but with Mike and Eleven both counting the days since they last saw each other and having watched seven full episodes in which they had no interaction at all, they simply said it was too much and they decided to reunite them in episode eight featuring a dad moment from Hopper.

All in all, I don’t think the season could have ended on a higher note. Will finally wasn’t, well, what he was (or so we think), Mileven was as cute as ever, and Steve and Dustin gave us the best bromance in television history since Friends’ Chandler and Joey. If you’ve gotten this far and still haven’t seen season two, sorry if I spoiled it for you, but in my defence I warned you it’s been out for over three weeks now so put on your pj’s, pop some corn, sit back and enjoy the ride.