Netflix’s 80’s horror masterpiece returns for a second season. The Duffer Brothers first series introduced us to the town of Hawkins; Indiana, the vague yet menacing government agency and the nightmarish otherworld that they accidentally punched a hole into; and the plucky kids who help solve the problem by helping their lab-rat and new best friend known only as Eleven.
I could spot the Steven King/John Carpenter homages pretty much straight away in season 1 last year, and have – over time – gathered a few of the other 80’s cinema references that have been woven together into something that can broadly be considered original. But my heart belongs to games, and I was wholly sucked in to the Dungeons & Dragons references over anything else, and the ragtag band of young adventurers interpreting their unfathomable situation through the lens of fantasy.
It’s through the eyes of a gamer I watched Stranger Things 2, and once again I was not disappointed. Expect some spoilers throughout… (more…)