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Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts | 501 S. Sapodilla Ave, WPB, FL 33401


Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts | 501 S. Sapodilla Ave, WPB, FL 33401



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The original season of the Netflix original series “Stranger Things” debuted on July 15,2016. The series featured a supernatural world in which everything is controlled by the beings of the Upside Down. In its return, the show drew a larger audience than before.

In 2016, Netflix users were taken back in time to the fall of 1983 in Hawkins, Indiana. They were introduced to the Hawkins Middle School’s AV Club, when Will Byers disappeared in the hit Netflix original series, “Stranger Things.” Within months of its release, the supernatural drama became a recounted sensation and received numerous television awards, including three Emmy nominations and two Golden Globe nominations.

On Oct. 27, the show’s loyal fans settl

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References to classic ‘80s movies such as “Ghostbusters” are made within the series. Attention to detail allowed multiple generations of audiences to connect on their own level.

ed at their screens, awaiting the second season’s arrival, with high hopes for the renowned series’ sequel. “Stranger Things 2” satisfied the expectations, as the show’s creators, Matt and Ross Duffer, took it one step further in emotional,technical, and storytelling aspects for the continuation of the series.

The season picks up in the same small town a year after the  incidents that left them without Eleven(their supernatural female counterpart)  but seemingly free from the monster called the Demogorgon. However, the ragtag group of boys — Will (Noah Schnapp), Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), and Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) — are once again challenged by the creatures of the parallel realm, known as “The Upside Down.”

Throughout the season, viewers are able to see not only the mystery unfold, but the emotional development of characters as well. By delving into the home life of each kid, characteristics of their personalities and their origins are deciphered. With the interesting introduction of new characters, Billy (Dacre Montgomery) and Maxine (Sadie Sink), new relationships arise, enhancing the various story arcs occurring within each role. Unexpected pairings of characters bring about emotionally-charged scenes, as well as add a comedic kick to the drama.

Staying true to the details, the authentic ‘80s setting is used to augment the storyline through seemingly simple aspects of style choices, technology represented, and the symbolic music of the time. References to classic films such as “Ghostbusters” and “The Goonies” appeal to older audiences, without detracting from the focus of modern-day teenagers. The ‘80s essence is appealing to a multitude of audiences, making the show appeal to more individual Netflix users.

In regards to production, “Stranger Things 2” has certainly impressed many. The Director of Photography used a variety of shot composition, such as the cameras being tilted upside down,allowing for vibrant cinematography, while still maintaining the eerie content within the show. The computer effects used greatly impacted how the story was developed for the audience. Hybrid CGI and suited individuals made up the monsters that became ever-so-realistic to the viewers, as explained in the after-series talk show “Beyond Stranger Things”.

Along with the technicalities, the storyline also is well-developed. Clichés were not completely avoided,with the plot including the new kids in town and their acceptance by the former,but the character-driven plot worked in a sophisticated manner to prevent strong elements from being overshadowed. The uniqueness of the arcs refined the authenticity of the show’s intentions to entertain.

“Stranger Things 2” has already accumulated more than 15 million viewers, according to information gathered by Nielsen, a consumer study enterprise, and its popularity is well-deserved. The show delivers on all aspects, creating a fantastic binge-watch for those fond of science fiction with a side of witty horror.

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Anamaria Navarrete, Assistant Managing Editor
Communications senior Anamaria Navarrete is a third-year staffer for The Muse and an assistant managing editor. She enjoys all sorts of music and is very enthusiastic to return to the creative community and family on the publication. Outside of The Muse, Navarrete is President of A.R.T.S. Club and a journalism intern for the School of the Arts Foundation. She looks forward to witnessing the further growth of her journalistic and leadership capabilities and gaining experience through the magazine, as well as helping those around her foster their own capabilities in a positive environment.  If you would like to contact this editor, you may reach them at [email protected]
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    lilyNov 10, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    I don’t even go to y’all’s school, but this was such an amazing review!!! it was very well written and I wish we could have done a review at our school ( I suggested it), but she didn’t let us do it for some STRANGE reason. I love this show, really wish I could have reviewed it. Again, you guys did an amazing job!