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Stranger Things: Volume 1 & 2

The big moment has arrived and it arrived with a bang.

Season 4 of Stranger Things has been highly anticipated since the ending of season 3 all the way back in 2019. Of course, such anticipation created a lot of pressure for everyone involved in the show but for the most part, I think they succeeded in creating a worthy sequel season.

There are few shows with such a loyal following, with Netflix’s servers even crashing the day the second half of season 4 was released, and it’s easy to see why. A cast of dynamic characters who interact so well with each other, to a storyline in a world that is as mysterious as the day the first episode was released; these are all ingredients for a banger of a TV show.

And yet, despite all these fantastic aspects, the show is lacking in some areas.

I suppose the main problem for me (and probably a majority of watchers) was how large the cast was and how separated they had become over the course of the storyline. Splitting everyone up into groups and having them all explore their own plot, can create a bit of a mess.

I was left feeling detached from all the characters, not feeling the same bond I did in previous seasons, and I missed out on the atmosphere created by all the kids (Eleven, Max, and the rest of the boys) while they were together.

I will applaud the directing in this season, though. This season is filled with stunning shots and camerawork, and I’m thoroughly impressed by the look and feel of the show. Filming the parallel scenes must have been incredibly difficult, but dare I say it was worth all the trouble.

If I had to choose a favorite part, it would definitely be Volume 1.

Volume 2 felt like it fell victim to the limited episodes and runtime it had, with the writing severely lacking in regards to handling character deaths. There was next to nothing concerning a certain character’s death, who had such a pivotal role, only to be written off as nothing but a side character.

Volume 1 succeeds in building a proper mystery, from Vecna’s origin to his plans for Hawkins’ destruction, and brilliant actors’ efforts translated well onto the screen, with an excellent performance from Sadie Sink as Max.

Despite the large cast and writing problems, this series succeeded in ripping out my heart and made me cry for a fictional character’s death.

And don’t get me started on that ending.

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