HayesAJones wrote:Spoiler:R.I.P. Bob. I'm sure the internet hated you and wanted you to die to make room for their OTP, but I liked you.
But yes, excellent season, with a few minor quibbles (Wall of Text below).
Poor Will. Poor freakin' Will. This entire season he was a punching bag and I felt so sorry for him and his family. Noah Schnapp can skreeonking act and that scene at the end of episode five with him spazzing out on the ground was extremely disturbing. Major props.
Steve is the MVP of the friggin' season and an excellent example of an 80's trope turned upside down (no pun intended). We saw his development a little in Season 1 but it's awesome to see the "pretty boy jock" archetype turned into a smart and badass character. I love that he really does care about Nancy's well-being and I'm kind of sad to see them split apart. Steve really is a good guy and doesn't deserve this.
Speaking of Nancy, her and Jonathon's romantic angle is...eh. I'm okay with it (and it's backed by one of the funniest lines in the entire season), but man I just can't help but cringe at poor Steve's dilemma.
The new characters are...hit and miss. Bob, as mentioned earlier, is probably the best out of them. Sean Astin is really good at portraying a guy who, despite having no clue what's going on, is willing to help out because of the genuine love he has for Joyce and the Byers. His death, while slightly predictable, was extremely emotional. A true hero.
Murray (the crackpot conspiracy theorist) was a little grating at first, but turned out pretty hilarious at the end. Like I said earlier, he delivers one of the best lines in the season and I loved his tiny sideplot.
Dr. Owens was a great contrast to the vicious Dr. Brenner from last season (Who, in all honesty, I want to remain dead. There's bits and bobs of him being still alive and I just don't really feel like they should backpedal with this character. Just my own thoughts though). I'm glad he survived the onslaught of the Demodogs and helped Hopper and Eleven (Or Jane now I guess) with their new lives.
Max is okay. She's likeable enough but aside from giving Lucas something to do, she doesn't really have a reason to be there. I don't mind her being there at all; I'm looking forward to seeing her next season, but she just doesn't really have a purpose besides "love interest for Lucas".
And then there's Billy. Oh lord. What a waste of space. Billy's entire character is essentially meaningless. His only real purpose is to be a generic minor antagonist for the kids and Steve (for some reason) and his subplot about being "abused" or what not could have been dropped entirely from the season and nothing would have been changed.
Finally, the elephant in the room: Episode 7 and it's...inhabitants.
First off, moving away from the small town setting is a massive mistake. If I had to compare this to an 80's trope, it would be the crappy "Eleven in the Big City" sequel. Having the show take place in a tiny little insignificant town makes everything much more relatable and cozy. Suddenly jumping to Chicago or whereever is a huge u-turn for the show.
Kali (oooh really clever there!) is a generic "too-cool-for-school" character with an edgy personality and a costume straight out of the pages of Sombra's diary. It's so sad that a character with so much interesting potential turned out to be a shitty waste of time.
Her "gang" were literally rejects from the set of Chappie. Stale, over-the-top, and stupid.
Actually, this whole skreeonking episode was just Chappie meets X-Men First Class, and speaking of the latter, I hope to skreeonk that the other numbered children are not just kids with different powers. That would be such a huge letdown and another direct ripoff of X-Men.
It's such a bad episode that it managed to kill any and all interest I had in Eleven's origin plot. I seriously don't even care about what they do with it next season because this attempt was that bad.
Anyway, I think this essay has gone on far too long, so I'll just say that Season 2, while not better than Season 1, was still a very enjoyable ride (although I wish I stretched it out over nine weeks instead of binging it in two nights )