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‘Stranger Things’ Season 2: Things we liked, loved and hated

November 1, 2017

‘Stranger Things’ Season 2: Things we liked, loved and hated

CLEVELAND, Ohio – If you haven’t finished “Stranger Things,” you’re probably getting there.

“Stranger Things” has quickly become one of those great series that we over analyze to death because we love it so much. Season 2 is good, but it’s not without its shortcomings.

Everything from one strange episode to the death of a major character has been the subject of social media debate since the series premiered last week. Here’s what we thought of some of the standout moments:

[WARNING: If you haven’t finished Season 2 of “Stranger Things,” turn away now]

What we liked...

Will’s time in the spotlight

Will spends most of Season 1 separated from his friends, which gave him less time in the spotlight. That changes in Season 2. Actor Noah Schnapp finally gets to shine when the creature attacking the town of Hawkins possesses him. There are clear references to “The Exorcist” and “Alien” in those scenes and they’re fantastic.

Dustin and Lucas’ relationship

There are times when Dustin feels like the main character of “Stranger Things.” He’s that lovable. And Dustin is at his best when he and Lucas are interacting. Both characters evolve during Season 2 through their love triangle centered on Max. Dustin and Lucas consistently remind us what this show is built on: The relationship between three friends.

The reunion

It made sense for Eleven to spend time separated from all the other main characters on the series. She needed to grow and her scenes with Hopper are touching. But that didn’t stop us from longing to see Eleven get back together with Will and everyone. The moment she returns doesn’t disappoint one bit.

What we loved...


Steve’s rehabilitation as a character was one of the best things about the end of Season 1. The show takes that to the next level in Season 2. Steve becomes one of the series’ most beloved characters, especially when he teams up with Dustin and the rest of the kids. It creates a weird dynamic in the love triangle between Steve, Nancy and Jonathan, because Jonathan winds up getting the girl, but Steve becomes the guy we root for most.


Oh, Bob! At first, we wanted to hate you. Then we couldn’t help but love you. Then they killed you. The Duffer Brothers were presented with a dilemma. Bob was supposed to die earlier in the season. But once the writers saw how Sean Astin was playing him, Bob stuck around. Still, the show had to kill someone and Bob seemed like the best option. That doesn’t take the pain away when Bob gets devoured in gruesome fashion. What about Bob, indeed.

That ending

The final two episodes of Season 2 are amazing. But it’s the show’s ending that stays with you most. The Duffer Brothers sell out in the best way imaginable, giving us a junior high school dance and songs like “Time After Time” and “Every Breath You Take” to tug at our heartstrings. It’s a conclusion that will make you forget about several of the season’s shortcomings and make you hope Season 3 arrives sooner, rather than later.

Things we hated...

Episode 7

Seriously, what was that? The show trying to dupe us with a backdoor pilot for spinoff? The writers trying too hard to be creative? An odd setup for Season 3? Either way, it doesn’t take away from the fact that the seventh episode of Season 2, the one where Eleven goes to Chicago to find her “sister,” felt like a huge waste of time.

Max and Billy

I didn’t exactly hate Max. But her character never moves far beyond being a simple fill-in for Eleven. Billy is something different. If he’s supposed to be a villain, we don’t need him, especially since his character never joins in the battle against the Upside Down. Perhaps he’s there to make Steve look better. If so, he overdoes it a bit. It all culminates with that creepy scene between Billy and Mike’s mom. Can someone please erase that from my brain?