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Stranger Things Review Season 4 Volume 2: The show’s lavish yet intimate return is a nearly flawless crowd pleaser

As the history of Gen Z television is written (and what a fascinating work it will be…), the opening chapter certainly needs to be dedicated stranger things. The Duffer Brothers’ nostalgic sci-fi hit began in 2016 with a cast of unknown kids who have grown into superstars over the years. And as the show’s audience has matured, so has its tone. Now he returns for the final episode of his fourth season (or “chapters” as they insist on calling them). stranger things is a fusion of supernatural thriller and serial killer horror, but still has the same youthful romp as it did on day one.

Chapter Four has been a major return to Stranger Things so far in the seven episodes released in May, after a sagging third season and a long hiatus. And this despite the fact that its characters, the core gang, are scattered across the globe. When things pick up again in the last two episodes, Mike (Finn Wolfhard) and the Byers brothers (Noah Schnapp and Charlie Heaton) are in California, while Joyce (Winona Ryder) and Murray (Brett Gelman) are in Siberia on the Search for Hopper are (David Harbor). “I guess you got my message,” Hopper says when they finally meet again. “Oh no, I’ve always wanted to visit the Soviet Union,” Joyce says flatly, her chemistry bubbling out of the picture.

Meanwhile, Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) is underground somewhere in the Nevada desert. Enemies are closing in: not just Jamie Campbell Bower’s Vecna ​​arachnid, but also the US military and a heavily armed vigilante mob in Hawkins. And if the good/bad cop of child behavioral psychiatry (Paul Reiser’s Dr. Owens and Matthew Modine’s Dr. Brenner) has his way, it will be up to Eleven to save the world. “You brought her in nice and gently,” Owens says to his colleague with a raised eyebrow after they reveal that only Eleven can stop Vecna. “Not threatening at all.”

The greatest strength of stranger things has always been his casting. Guessing, and with child actors it’s always a guess, as to which children will be able to carry that childhood charisma into adulthood is a very specific skill. But without exception stranger things made it. This fourth series brought Sadie Sink a big break as tortured tomboy Max, and her effortless cool continues into the finale. But in reality, these final episodes are all about Millie Bobby Brown’s Eleven. “I came here to try to understand who I am, to see if I’m the monster,” she tells Dr. Burner. “And now I know the truth: it’s not me, it’s you.” Eleven has always been the existential conundrum at the heart of the show, and she’s finally getting clarity about who and why she is. After being sidelined in California for most of this season and stripped of her powers, she’s back with a bloody vendetta.

The first episode of stranger things, back in the naïve innocence of 2016 was 49 minutes long. This series finale is 150 minutes long. It’s an episode that’s not only feature length, but epic – even longer than Apocalypse Now. The desire to further blur the line between cinema and television (especially with cinemas in ultimate decline) is natural, despite the scope of this series of stranger things could possibly be sensibly tamed by a shorter running time. Nonetheless, the Duffer Brothers know how to bring about a climax when the reunited gang battles Vecna ​​in Hawkins, Indiana. “I have this nagging feeling that maybe it won’t work out for us this time,” says Robin (Maya Hawke, another great casting) to Joe Keery’s Steve Harrington. “But if we don’t stop him, who will?”

there is no need to stranger things to be as good as it is. It’s marketed to a generation that enjoys scrolling through 10-second videos of their classmates dabbing, or 10 hours Fourteen days streams. They could have just called it, and yet what they’ve created is a lavish yet intimate drama that blends almost every genre — from comedy to horror to romance — into a show that’s an almost flawless crowd pleaser. This excellent penultimate season of Netflix’s golden goose is the perfect antidote to television on the lowest common denominator: a show that offers much more than its audience demands.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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