Review: It will blow your mind to the upside-down
CHANCES are your life is feeling rather empty right now if you've finished watching Stranger Things 2.
Unlike many other television shows I've binge-watched in the past, I can't seem to properly move on with my life after Stranger Things.
There is something truly magical, heartfelt and eerily beautiful about the show that lingers for months after.
And just when you thought this series couldn't get any better, Stranger Things 2 comes in with the goods to blow your mind into the upside-down leaving you gasping for more.
Season 2 kicks off a year later after Season 1 had ended: the boys (Mike, Dustin and Lucas) continuing life as usual, while Will struggles to adjust.
The end of the year draws near, Halloween is upon them, and so too is the end of school.
Otherwise known as "Zombie Boy” at school, Will experiences frequent episodes into the upside-down - of darker things to come.
Meanwhile, Sheriff Jim Hopper is called to investigate while the local crops are being poisoned while he juggles playing surrogate parent to Eleven (who is banned from leaving the house).
Mike's sister Nancy is still trying to come to grips with the loss of her best friend Barb and begins questioning her relationship with Steve.
Not to mention there are some new faces in town: Billy (a hot and hot-headed teenager ready to make a name for himself and his step sister Max 'aka Mad Max' whom the boys (particularly Dustin and Lucas) are keen to get to know.
It's only a matter of time before the quite town of Hawkins no longer stays that way.
What we loved from Stranger Things flourishes into something bigger, better and simply 'more' in Season 2.
What I love most about Stranger Things 2 is the progression and character development. It seems everyone has grown in their own way throughout Season 2.
We discover new dynamics between characters, my personal favourite: Steve and Dustin - helping the once gap-toothed teen become irresistible eye-candy' to his female classmates.
Each episode is as precious as the one before; there are plenty of moments that will tug at the heart-strings and remind you of how awkward teenage life once was for yourself.
Don't be surprised if you need to pull out the tissues - the final episode of the season is a real 'crying/smiling' moment.
I cannot stress enough how addictive this show is, the Duffer Brothers really have created something truly special. And when you've finished with the season and you're feeling lost, relish in the moments once more with "Beyond Stranger Things” which interviews the cast members about their intimate moments in front of the camera.
Stranger Things 2
Starring: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin
Reviewer: Tamara MacKenzie
Verdict: 5 out of 5 shadow monsters