Stranger Things Season Four began with the promise of being bigger and better than anything we have seen in the series so far – and it delivers.
The first seven episodes of Stranger Things Volume 1 expanded the plot with four separate storylines interplaying with one another. While the plot initially seemed confusing, it all comes together at the end for some bewildering reveals. Volume 2 picks up after the major reveals in the first half that confirmed that Vecna, Henry Creel, and One are the same.
Stranger Things season four was clearly more expensive to produce with a larger cast featuring storylines across different locations. All the components that made this show a hit are present in Stranger Things Volume 2: humour, heartfelt characters going through growing pains, and a ton of nostalgia for the 1980s.
The creators of the series – The Duffer Brothers have intricately woven the multiple storylines together to ensure that in the end – everyone is heading in the same direction. The big climactic battle as fans expected was a visual spectacle and makes us believe that it’s one of those shows that boast of truly cinematic sequences.
The run time of the episodes gets pretty long, especially in volume two where it even exceeds the two-hour mark. However, despite the long runtime for the episodes, there is never one dull moment in the series. It keeps us invested as every scene in the different storylines moves the overall plot forward. However, this breakneck speed sometimes hampers a few emotional moments in the story.
Joe Quinn’s captivating portrayal of the brand-new character Eddie Munson makes him a welcome addition to the cast. Despite being a new addition to the series, Eddie quickly becomes a fan favourite. On the other hand, the plot surrounding Hooper (David Harbour) in Russia is quite different from the rest of the story, in fact, there are times it feels like a completely different series. But in the end, it all comes together to deliver a conclusive finale.
Stranger Things started in 2016 with a relatively unknown minor cast and today the show has become one of the most-watched shows on Netflix. The show and characters have matured and season four might be the best the series has ever been. Interestingly, Kate Bush’s 1985 song Running Up That Hill hit the No.1 spot on Billboard after beng featured in the show.
The stakes have never been higher as we leave the Duffers to get ready for the last season of their iconic Netflix series. The ingredients are there for a season 5 that might wrap up one of the best sci-fi series ever made.
Final Verdict: 4 stars (out of 5)