Season 2 of Stranger Things is the only show that dares to ask: "What if just the 1980s some more?"
HAWKINS, IN—An official release date has been set for the second season of the surprise Netflix hit Stranger Things, and reviewers who have seen advance copies are already praising the show for being the only program on television with the guts to ask the vital question: what if just maybe the 1980s some more?
"I was a fan of the first season, but I didn't know how they could up the ante. I did not think you could possibly feature more of the 1980s!" says Raffi Sade, a writer for The Belvedere Times.
"In the first episode alone, they proved me so, so wrong. From the opening in-depth discussion of each Breakfast Club character as the boys sit around on beanbag chairs solving Rubik's Cubes, to the cameos by Phil Collins, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Lionel Richie, Jon Bon Jovi, John Carpenter, Cyndi Lauper, E.T., and each of the surviving Goonies—all in that same first five minutes—this show just shouts from the rooftops, 'You think you saw the 1980s last year? Think again: about that decade.'"
"This show is full of scares and excitement," says The Sulaco Times, "but it also has the guts to examine the real issues. Issues like: 1) Do you remember what it was like to exist in the years 1980–1989, inclusive? 2) Do you remember what the movies and TV were like during that time? 3) Oliver North, Ronald Reagan, and Alexander Haig. And finally, 4) Do you remember the car called the Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme?"
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Though show creators the Duffer Brothers are understandably keeping details very scarce, we do know that Mike, Dustin, Caleb, Will, and new character Anthropomorphic Slap Bracelet go off in search to find their friend Eleven, whom they suspect is being held by the government in an illicit and mysterious jelly shoe factory.
Will they capture her before she is crushed beneath the weight of her shoulder pads and very large, teased, hairsprayed and gelled hair? You'll have to watch to find out. Which will be a bit more difficult this time around, as the season is being broadcast exclusively on Netflix-enabled Atari 2600 consoles, of which there are presently none.
At press time, the creators had issued a mysterious release simply stating, "Ghostbusters, New Kids on the Block, Billy Idol, the Walkman, the rise of professional wrestling, the show St. Elsewhere, the song Take On Me, Cabbage Patch Kids, and to a lesser extent Garbage Pail Kids." Intriguing hints! We'll have to wait to find out exactly what they mean.
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