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Stranger Things Season 4, Part 2 Review: Netflix's hits go around with overloaded, often amazing new episodes

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Millie Bobby Brown and Matthew Modine star in "Stranger Things."
Millie Bobby Brown and Matthew Modine appear in "Stranger Things".Netflix Photos/Provided

Los Angeles ( – Spoilers Note: If you haven't watched episodes 8 and 9 of Stranger Things 4, you're currently streaming is. With Netflix.

When writing about the first seven episodes of Stranger Things' current fourth season, its ambitions are both commendable and harmful and more exciting. He said he was back. Despite being in the Netflix era, we carry each episode in an unbearable amount.

The last two episodes of the fourth season, which began on July 1, prove that it is doubly true. The moment of singing, including the rhythm of Kate Bush, the magician of this season's musical patronage, is at a completely different level than what Streamer did recently. And they're in the context of an episode that seems to be designed to punish the desires of the Duffer brothers running the show. The finale is two and a half hours, the length that the viewer actually feels. This is unlikely to be an episode that many franchise fans on this side of Standum see at once, so in the name of creating a monument to the amount Netflix allows, the cumulative power and impact of the season. Dilute.

This is frustrating because the season has been achieved in different ways. The character's story is well-drawn, with satisfying intersections, a classic build that's pleasingly rounded throughout the enterprise, and ends up being big. At the beginning, the once separated circle of characters reunited at Hawkins, and the supernatural threat reasserted shortly before the final credit was rolled back. There are some important changes that show why the whole journey was worth it. Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) broke up with her "daddy" (Matthew Modine), who shaped her life, and lost her influence as much as himself. (This puts an end to stories and performances that haven't literally gone completely beyond.) Perhaps Mike (Finn Wolfhard) is the season's villain Vecna ​​(Jamie Campbell Bower). Will (Noah Schnapp) made a gesture to talk with his brother Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) about what comes to mind. And Max (Sadie Sink), the key character of this season, is in a coma watched by Lucas. (Caleb McLaughlin) After proving her energy and goodness in the fight against darkness.

Many of the things that led us here worked: Duffers remains a talented stylist. But their tendency to rephrase themselves is greater or lesser. The revelation of Will's paintings — a highly speculated element of the early season — was beautifully done. It depicts a gang working together to kill a dragon, despite the apparent loss of certain proximity. With a constant sense of isolation from heterosexuals and reminding many queer viewers of his teenage life, Will tries to maintain a relationship with a special person like Eleven. Show the picture to the microphone in a nervous divergence. Schnapp's performance shows that Will exists outside this pairing in one or more ways. He simply can't be involved. After Will shares his art-a moving young way that involves his friends as they approach late adolescence-he suddenly looks out the window: as he says, we Sees a heavy ellipse looking away from his friends. Another ... sometimes ... you feel like a mistake. Not only is he talking about Eleven, but he himself is well crafted by Schnapp's work, but Mike closes the conversation and Will looks out the window again, crying and emphasizing. (In honor of the show, subsequent conversations between Brother Will and Brother Jonathan bring an emotional catharsis of seeing who Will really is. 55}

Story Elsewhere, certain wells have been returned over and over again. Similarly, the Stranger Things have been the most visually ambitious since the maximal "Game of Thrones" aired. If it's a targeted and time-driven series, it shares the show's Denalis problem.% of the situation can be solved by her dragon, or in the case of Eleven, an all-powerful character who brings her power. So you can, so the already long show scene feels like an opportunity to show off what you can do with technical exercises, visual ingenuity and streaming cash, and Hawkins suddenly becomes Vekna's. The end of the season, which turned into the hellish landscape of the dream Distopia, seems to be a declaration that these characters are about to fight the same battle again.

Shock and awe It's the show's credit that the campaign and the softer character's beats aren't offset at the same time. The actors in "Stranger Things" feel almost like someone who helped. The exception is staying in Russia as a performer. Winona Rider showed off her wit as, but the ferociousness of the mother who made Joyce Byers early in the show wasn't. A sharply drawn portrait of despair. (But then her child. They don't need her anymore: maybe this is growing.) Schnapp is a big step like his character and he coming out of the closet, staying in his happy girlless friendship. Sink has established himself as a major young performer throughout the season until her season final confession of self-harm.

These are big and heavy themes — And the show seems to have clarified more than ever the relationship between the painful romantic darkness of being a teenager and the chaos that falls on our characters. The world, as they felt inner pain and dissatisfaction. Literally couldn't live. That's fine, but many In some cases, this seemed to extend to the format and content of the show. Like a teenage diary writer who doesn't know which part of the story is most important, "Stranger Things" is underlined, emphasized, double-explained, and circled back. For example, the relationship between 11 and "daddy" is obviously awkward from the beginning. The time it takes him to restate how he changed her life negatively doesn't feel more like a developmental or embroidery than trying to make the clear points easier for a possible viewer to read.

The urge can be understood by reading "Stranger Things" as an attempt at the final consensus hit on television (the popularity of the song "Mysterious Hill" is booming worldwide. Given that it has become, this situation seems to be maintained. The first batch of episodes "Up That Hill"). Perhaps if it whispers that point instead of yelling, it can't connect that wide. However, it's a good idea that Netflix has posted a blank check in Duffers, and that they've all tested their viewers in some way, and that they're experiencing trust issues.

Duffers expected viewers to stay on the hook during the season when the dynamics of the core character, the main "Stranger Things", collapsed. They slowly revealed Vecna's identity, which was well rewarded and ended the season with the most dynamic characters obsessed with her life. They took us quite far. Still, there is concern about the underlying more recursive decisions made by Stranger Things. In every show where it works, I don't want to accept that having the character's beats with the right weight and gravity means excluding something. A two-and-a-half-hour episode on television provokes a positive demand from fans. Fans will meet (probably a few nights later). But its length and its immense self-esteem leave little space for fans to process what they see in their own words. The reunion of the characters at the end of the long delay in the episode forms a tight circle. Viewers who are trying to interpret a show that sticks more and more to clarifying themselves are left outside.

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