Sunday, December 31, 2017

What I’m Watching: Stranger Things (Season Finale)

Stranger Things: Season 2, Episode 9 “Chapter Nine: The Gate” (B+)

To think that, just five months ago, I had never seen this show is crazy to me. I’m now a big fan, and though I don’t have to wait as long as everyone else for season three, it’s still going to be at least nine months until it comes out. Fortunately, this has been a really great year, one that I think I found even more enjoyable than seeing one. Reuniting with Eleven was a wonderful moment, though she didn’t actually spend all that much time with the other characters since she was so focused on closing up that bridge to the upside down which she managed to impressively do. Hopper’s reaction to Dustin clarifying the term “demadogs” was one of my favorite parts of the episode, and Steve using sports metaphors and everyone about the dance at the end of the episode rank too. Burning the demagorgon out of Will proved successful, which is a relief, and everyone working together worked out extremely well. I’m a big fan of Max, but I’m still not sure exactly what Billy’s role was in this season. It was good to see both Max and Steve stand up to him and scare him into submission, but otherwise he didn’t stand out much of a character aside from his unexpected flirtation with Nancy’s mom when he stopped by. This season did great things for Nancy, Lucas, and Dustin, and I’m really excited to revisit everyone next year when this show returns for its highly anticipated third season.

Season grade: A-
Season MVP: Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven

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