- Jan 27, 2010
- Reaction score
I want 11 gone already.IMO Season 4 of Stranger Things is easily the best season since the first one. It might be better than that, too, I haven't watched it since it came out, I just remember liking most of it while I mostly remember disliking seasons 2 and 3 with some exceptions here and there (ex I utterly love the school dance finale of season 2). Seasons 2 and 3 were pretty bad on a story level and just repeated the same shit with escalation. Oh, there's not just the big monster from season 1, there's LITTLE ONES TOO! AND MORE OF THE BIG ONE! Three tried to be different by having some gross liquidating rat FX and the mean guy from season 2 getting possessed, but it all just seemed kind of incidental.
The fourth season at least has a totally new villain (for the series, yes he's basically a Freddy Krueger ripoff in a silly rubber suit). And it tied it back into character history instead of having it be some transplant from elsewhere, etc. I think the first half of the season is a lot better than the second half, but still as a whole I at least was generally engaged through the action scenes, while with season 2 and especially 3 it was like "I don't care about ANY of this CGI bullshit just get back to the character stuff, or at least the character stuff that doesn't involve a punk gang of mutants in a different city."
Still, though, the big problems with this show for me are Eleven (she's a boring character whenever she has powers, the only time I've ever actually liked watching her was the first half of season 4), Mike (he's supposed to be "the heart" of the group but he's a sinister-looking little whiny fuck, I hate him so much, until maybe the last couple episodes of this season), and especially the action stuff. It just goes too far with CGI and results in everything feeling weightless and boring. This series wants so badly to be like the 80s movies it's trying to reference, but forgets that those movies tended to have a bare minimum of effects since effects were hard to do back then thanks to having to be practical. Movies had to be written around short little "money shots" basically, and this show doesn't do that AT ALL.
The big strength of the show is the dialogue and character stuff. Like, season 4 was the best yet in that department, IMO. I really thought the stoner pizza guy was funny, I liked stoner jonathan way more than jonathan with Nancy, I liked the will they won't they with Nancy and Steve again (he was so bad first season but has been so great ever since), and I absolutely loved just about everything with Dustin and Eddie. And jesus christ, the season finale legitimately made me emotional in a way that very, very few TV shows have ever managed with that scene with Dustin and Eddie's dad. Oof.