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Stranger Things Season 4 is shaping up to be the best one yet

Stranger Things Season 4 is shaping up to be the best one yet

Four seasons in, Stranger Things is still delivering top-tier storytelling.

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I, like most folks, have been on the Stranger Things wave since 2016. I love these characters, this world, and I’m always excited when a new season comes around. It’s been three years since Season 3, and I questioned if I would even be all that enthusiastic once Season 4 arrived. All it took was one episode to remind me why this series is so phenomenal. I’ve blown through the currently available episodes for the latest season and it might be the best yet.

Stranger Things Season 4 brings back the beloved crew of “kids” as well as some new faces. Something I really noticed this season was how excellently cast this show has been throughout its duration. Of course, the casting of the OG characters in Season 1 is often hailed as a stroke of brilliance from Netflix, but the show has continued to accumulate amazing new cast members throughout the years. Characters like Max and Robin joined along the way but feel as synonymous with Stranger Things as Mike, Lucas, Will, Dustin, and Eleven. 

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This remains true in Season 4, which adds Eddie as a new main character. He’s incredibly quirky, but in a very charming and endearing way. I quickly found myself concerned and worried for him in all the various situations that the ST crew finds themselves in.

Speaking of characters, Stranger Things Season 4 does an excellent job at juggling its ongoing storylines. Our main crew is broken up into three different groups all on unique missions, with the show constantly flipping back and forth. When shows usually do this, there are always certain storylines far more interesting than the others, but that was NOT the case here. Every time we transitioned from one group to the other, I was equally excited to pick up and continue from the latest thread.

Something that pleasantly surprised me about Stranger Things Season 4 is how scary it is. The show has always leaned into the spooky and supernatural, but this season is straight up a horror movie. There are strong parallels to A Nightmare on Elm Street, with the dream-like take on the Upside Down and the Freddy Krueger-esque personality of the villain, Vecna. I also found there to be some callbacks to the Wes Craven classic with the score in ST4. It’s also worth noting that this season is gruesome as hell. There is some truly brutal disturbing imagery in every episode. I even had some people tell me that they had to stop watching at night and resume in the morning.

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I can’t yet officially declare Season 4 of Stranger Things to be the best just yet, because there are still two more episodes that will drop with Volume 2 on July 1. However, where things stand, I haven’t been let down yet. I (like many others) joked about how obnoxiously long this season’s episodes were, but damn do they earn it. There’s no filler, just banger after banger episode. Despite the odds, The Duffer Brothers and co. continue to find new and interesting ways to further this story and expand on the lore. I can’t wait to see how everything culminates this July.

From The Chatty
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    May 30, 2022 3:45 PM

    Stranger Things Season 4 is shaping up to be the best one yet

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      May 30, 2022 3:57 PM

      very spoilerific gifs

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        May 30, 2022 5:36 PM

        I specifically picked gifs that Netflix used in its trailers, because I consider that stuff fair game.

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          May 30, 2022 5:55 PM

          fair enough, really just the first one tbh

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      May 30, 2022 10:10 PM

      Just finished episode 1 and god damn what an ending. Can’t wait up watch more but we really can only watch an episode a night due to limited time.

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        May 31, 2022 12:09 AM

        Just finished episode 4 and god damn what an ending!

        Yes this is a very good season so far.

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      May 30, 2022 11:21 PM

      I binged it all in 2 days and I absolutely LOVED it.

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      May 31, 2022 2:55 AM

      Stranger Things Season 4 is shaping up to be the best one yet

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        June 1, 2022 4:53 PM

        Well what I heard is that Stranger Things Season 4 is shaping up to be the best one yet

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      May 31, 2022 3:32 AM

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        May 31, 2022 7:29 AM

        It's the same problem with Captain Marvel. They just wrote her to be too powerful so that have to bring her in at the end of every season/movie to do the heavy lifting. It's one of the reason why I like season 3 a lot, they are all together most of the time and El is confident and powerful most of the time fighting Billy. Also, season 3 introduced Robin.

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        May 31, 2022 8:02 AM

        I have a theory that Netflix only split S4 into two volumes to keep the show relevant and in discussion a little longer. Stranger Things is as massively popular as it gets, but it's only on the collective mind of society for like... two weeks until it disappears until the next season, whereas Game of Thrones, Euphoria, etc stick around for like two months with weekly releases. Netflix kind of created binge culture so they know hardcore fans would shit on them if they started releasing episodes on a weekly basis, but it's honestly the better move.

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          May 31, 2022 8:44 AM

          No, it's the Emmy's. Cutoff date for this year's emmys is May 31st 2022. June 1st 2022 is next year's emmys. Better Call Saul did the same thing.

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          May 31, 2022 9:01 AM

          they spent ~250 million dollars on this season alone, about $30 per episode, but more likely saved a lot of the budget for the last two episodes.

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      May 31, 2022 6:46 AM

      Wife and I watched the first episode last night, and I must admit that was one hell of an episode. The raw energy was just electric throughout, and all the new characters and mysteries are a welcome addition. After the second season, I was a little concerned that the Duffer Brothers were a one-trick pony. But they are proving me wrong so far and rising to the occasion. Great stuff!

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      May 31, 2022 7:14 AM

      There was a Reddit thread about the significance of Ruth

      Ruth, Nevada
      Ruth was the name Nancy used to see old Victor Creel
      Running Up The Hill or RUTH

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      May 31, 2022 7:24 AM

      I’ve got two episodes left. Ep 2&3 we’re a bit slow but boy does it pick back up. I’m stoked for the next two. Especially when I saw the 7th episode is like an hour and half long.

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