Stranger Things do happen

Published September 6, 2022

The Stranger Things logo, red text spelling out Stranger Things on a black background

The last time I wrote about Stranger Things, I’d just absolutely whipped through season two and apparently loved the whole thing. I don’t have a huge recollection of that now, but that’s what the blog is there for! My recent rekindling of the Netflix love affair means I’ve caught up on season four now, so potentially I have two seasons to talk about… but I don’t remember a lot from the last one.

I don’t think I enjoyed it very much… certainly not enough to have resubscribed the moment series 4 popped up. I only really remember the mall and the big fight at the end, and Eleven losing her powers. And I guess that’s all I really needed to remember, give or take the death of Billy as well.

Season four, however, that I really enjoyed. I thought at first that having the characters split into three separate locations would make the story really disjointed, but actually I think it helped for there to be a bit of distance, a bit of focus on the different strands, and ultimately creating some new and interesting dynamics amongst the characters.

I liked the underlying story, the gradual unravelling of what the big monster of the Upside Down was/is, and how that all came to be. It’s so good when you start getting answers in a TV show, as sad as it is when the end is it sight, it also means we can start getting some satisfaction.

And I liked the characters, El initially dealing with being bullied, Max and her trauma and that outstanding episode which catapulted Kate Bush back into the charts, and the Steve/Nancy/Jonathan love triangle that never ends. Although all the actors are now far too old to be playing the characters they are, we’re not at Grease levels of concern and so it’s all very watchable.

It’s been a rollercoaster TV show for me so far, this one, but I now can’t wait to find out how it’s all going to wrap up.

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