My favorite show of last year, without a doubt, was Stranger Things. As someone who grew up in the 80’s, I have a soft spot for anything regarding the decade of tight rolling jeans, Def Leppard and Vision Street Wear. This would explain my fascination with other shows like Amazon’s Red Oaks and the book Ready Player One (also soon to be a movie by Steven Spielberg), the latter of which also incorporated pop culture and video games… how could anyone resist?
With that being said, it should come as no surprise that I’m eagerly anticipating the release of Stranger Things season two, which I believed was coming October 31st of this year. However, Netflix, for whatever reason, has moved that date up a few days to October 27th. They most likely did this to have Stranger Things premier on a Friday, like all the rest of their shows, giving fans a chance to binge the show over the weekend, instead of dropping it on Halloween, which is a Tuesday this year. I could be wrong, but probably not in this case.
Season two of Stranger things takes place in 1984 (I was 5) in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana and centers around four kids who are best friends. Last season, one of kids, Will, disappeared and the kids stumbled upon a mysterious girl named Eleven. This girl, who barely spoke, had stranger telekinetic powers and told the kids their friend was in the “upside down,” a parallel version of our world. In this parallel world, things were dark, creepy and filled with monsters, one the kid’s called the “Demogorgon,” a name of a monster from a game they played, Dungeons and Dragons. Will is able to communicate with his Mom, using christmas lights, but when she tells others what’s she has witnessed, they think she’s losing her mind. The show is full of Goonies-like adventure and Stephen King style thrills and suspense.
With the announcement of the earlier release, the streaming media company also released a new trailer, saying things will get stranger… and I believe, darker. Previously, we’ve seen the kids, dressed in their Ghostbusters costumes (which I too had), presumably for Halloween standing outside a house. But this new teaser has the group of four riding their bikes, in plain clothes, towards an ominous cloud that is turning the sky red and purple, only to show the sign for the city limits of Hawkins.
Here’s the teaser.
— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) July 11, 2017
Tell me, with that music, that you don’t get hyped.