Stranger Things 4, Volume 2 review

At first we waited two years and went on, then another month went by, but eventually we also left Season 4 of Stranger Things. And now the Duffer Brothers series has practically become the spearhead of Netflix, is entering its final phase: its creators announced, in fact, a few weeks ago that Season 5 will also be the last network of mystery spin-offs that will be in the works but with only confirmed rumors. One thing is for sure: With Stranger Things 4 Volume 2 coming to an end, the next season will be very different, and there’s already talk of a time leap that could better justify the growth of the cast, as it’s been years since the third. season, while in the world of television it was only eight months.

We don’t want to tell you anything about the grand finale of this Stranger Things 4 Comment Vol. 2For this reason we will limit spoilers to a minimum, but we will necessarily have to mention some salient points to understand our analysis. If you really don’t want to know anything about anything, just come back after watching the last two episodes!

Two very long episodes

Stranger Things 4, Winona Ryder and David Harbor in a scene from Volume 2.

Let’s start from an assumption: The last two episodes of Stranger Things 4 are pretty long. Episode eight, “Dad,” lasts about an hour and 20 minutes, while the season finale, “The Plan,” takes just over two and a quarter hours. In short, movie times, but after all, Stranger Things production values ​​have become stellar, both in terms of special effects — even if computer graphics aren’t always on top, as evidenced by the Uno-to-Vecna ​​transformation we saw in the conclusion of Volume 1 — and in everything else. It could be argued that the Duffers – not only writing but also directing both episodes – could have had a third episode out of all those hours of footage, but the tight pace of the finale justifies their decision, given that splitting it would have severely imbalanced its components: that’s why we advise you to cut Two hours It is necessary to watch it at once, otherwise you will sacrifice its strong emotional impact.

Stranger Things 4, Sadie Sink offers a great interpretation of Max Mayfield

Stranger Things 4, Sadie Sink offers a great interpretation of Max Mayfield

Between the two episodes, the ending is definitely the most compelling. “Pope” He suffers from penultimate episode syndrome: that is, he prepares the scene for the grand finale, allowing much more room for self-reflection. Precisely for this reason, it gives us some of the best moments not so much from Season 4, but from the franchise as a whole. Will’s touching monologue – now an open book for viewers – e Huber Who found Joyce, Steve, Robin, Eddie and Justin, but above all Eleven who finally sings them to Dr. Brenner, coming out of his character’s slumber for far too long, rocked the first volume but not quite in the first episodes.

The subplot of the Secret Laboratory occupies a large part of the penultimate episode, and is practically an essential step in the development of Eleven As a “superhero”. This aspect of the series is sometimes called up in dialogues, but it becomes more and more compelling: Stranger Things has clearly moved away from superhero imagery, if ever close, to cross into a story with overtones reminiscent of Stephen King novels on supernatural powers.

Stranger Things 4, Eddie was the best surprise this season

Stranger Things 4, Eddie was the best surprise this season

With Stranger Things 4 Volume 2 we finally leave the struggle with Dr. Brenner by Matthew Modine. The final minutes of Episode 8 are explosive in that sense, and offer a reasonable, but perhaps not 100% satisfactory conclusion. We got the impression that Millie Bobby Brown He wasn’t completely comfortable with the viewer as he had to express feelings that weren’t anger or confusion, probably because he had spent so much time playing this side of Eleven. In that sense, Season 4 of Stranger Things had to keep scenes featuring Eleven and Hopper on screen to a minimum, which is a shame because Brown and David Harbor have unusual chemistry, especially in the face of the subplot that the Duffers have shrugged off over the years.

Stranger Things 4, Nancy has become one of our favorite characters

Stranger Things 4, Nancy has become one of our favorite characters

However, Stranger Things 4 seems to focus primarily on what we call Team Hawkins, the heterogeneous team that formed from the remaining characters in the Troublesome Town. Volume 2, if possible, also underscores the weakness of the California subplot, with a monogram, Argyleincreasingly troublesome; Jonathan who does nothing practically concrete, except to support his little brother in a particularly complicated moment of his life; And Mike, who’s basically giving a motivational speech of questionable use. The California team is miraculous From this season: He’s in the right place at the right time and serves as a bridge between Eleven and Hawkins With an impromptu sensory deprivation tank in one of the most difficult and challenging stunts in the series. The weak point of Season 4 is, without a doubt, a group of characters that perhaps even the Duffers no longer know how to fit into the story.

There is no going back

Stranger Things 4, Team California is the perfect spot for this season

Stranger Things 4, Team California is the perfect spot for this season

In volume 2, the Russian subplot also suffers a little, which ends in a dead end. Or rather, Joyce and Murray’s journey brought us back to Hopper – and a new ally we hope to see again next season – but he discovered a few of the more interesting aspects of history: Russian experiments with creatures Upside down. It’s strange, because Episode 8 and Episode 9 seem to have paved the way for something important, even showing us sensitive particles in a containment tank, but the Russian prison bustle, very little believable, ultimately serves only as an indirect aid to Team Hawkins.

finale episode, “Plan”, split between various subplots, but focuses primarily on the attack on Vecna, which reminds us a lot, a lot, of the Derry losers who infiltrate the sewers to hunt down Pennywise. The Duffer Brothers were clearly inspired by this, but now we have confirmation.

Stranger Things 4, the Vicna False Costume is really cool

Stranger Things 4, the Vicna False Costume is really cool

The season finale, as we said above, is a journey full of emotions. The Duffers created a narrative consisting of divination dialogues that fills the cast with “red flags”: at one point it’s hard to find a character Hawkins not flagged for premature death by the final credits. From Stevemost loved by fans, to the increasingly lively Nancy, passing by Robin, Eddie and even DustinLucas or Erica, they all seem to have one foot in the hole, and the directors are playing with spectators’ expectations until the last minutes, especially since we’re talking about boys, a little more than teenagers, whose deaths will have a huge impact on the imaginations of fans and Netflix fans.

In this sense, it is inevitable End of season losses They liked us positively. One we expected, given the circumstances and history of the series, while the other was a real punch in the stomach, or almost. And while there’s a door ajar, perhaps more than ten centimeters across, we’re curious to see how the Duffers will handle it next season.

Stranger Things 4, Maya Hawke Robin has little to do this season

Stranger Things 4, Maya Hawke Robin has little to do this season

So Season 4 ends with a really catchy and tense ending, with exciting moments to say the least thanks to the editing and soundtrack – from Kate Bush To Metallica – but above all explanations. We found almost all actors to be on par with the most intense scenes, but Sadie SinkFilming is dominated by Joe Kerry and even Natalia Dyer, especially the first to receive ubiquitous praise for her role in Max. Even Jimmy Campbell Power, the man under the very complex but amazing make-up Vicna, is to be commended, just for the patience and imprint it gives to the character in the original language. We’re not sure if Vecna ​​is still the successful opponent the Duffers were hoping for, but she’s definitely one of the most memorable characters in terms of looks and charisma.

Stranger Things 4, a scene from season 4

Stranger Things 4, a scene from season 4

After all, there are still many mysteries to be revealed. Contrary to what we thought, Stranger Things 4 raised more questions about the nature of the Upside Down, and flashbacks and explanations didn’t help much. Now we know who was running mentally absent The Demogorgons, and for what purpose, but what is this dimension, and why it took the form that we know when Will disappeared at the beginning of the series, everything remains to be explained. The Duffers expected the fifth and final season to focus on the mysteries of the Upside down game, which seems very reasonable given the circumstances in which Hawkins finds himself at the end of this season. size 2. That said, new episodes should arrive sooner than expected: let’s just hope another pandemic doesn’t get in the way of making us wait too long.

Suspension

Stranger Things 4 volume 2 concludes, with a stunning ending, with the brilliant return of a series we still love despite its angle. Not everything went the way we wanted it to, but the Duffers managed to finish the season with a horrific episode that runs smooth despite its length, and that sets the stage for the big finale next season. If you love Stranger Things, or you still love it as much as we do, Volume 2 is all you want after nearly three years – and a month – of hiatus.

forefront

  • The cast is in great shape, but above all Sadie Sink
  • The ending is exciting and doesn’t seem to last two hours and lasts

Reverse

  • California team subplot
  • Some force a little confusion in the narrative

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