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STRANGER THINGS 2 looks incredible

The newest STRANGER THINGS 2 trailer hit on Friday the 13th .. amazing timing as always with the fine people at Netflix..

The excitement over this program is incredible. Not only are people re-watching and re-binging the first season in preparation, but there is an equal amount of re-watching and analyzing of the newest trailers..

Before discussion.. take a glance:


My initial thought: This is actually the weaker of the teasers and trailers for season 2.. Yes, I am inclined to wonder why Eleven is more androgynous  .. why she has more hair now and no one shaved it. why she is out of the upside down and eating Eggos in the normal world..

So many questions about her. But the trailer didn't pay much attention to her--I think on purpose. Instead we glimpsed into the post-pubescent boys and now new friends of another gender planning something, just as the world is being taken over by giant squid creatures from the upside down.

Not viewed at all? Mike's mom and dad. Barb..

Forgive me before moving on, but I really hope something happens to Mike's dad. The guy was a total buffoon, I know on purpose, but  really annoyingly so.. Perhaps the 'Reagan Bush 84' sign that pops up in their front yard is a showcase of how his total trust in government and Reagan fight against the Commies with star wars defense weapons is an example of how he won't be changing any time soon..
Fair enough.

I want to know the other families, though as well.. We know only Mike and Will.. There are plenty of other kids in the show that I want to understand.. Maybe season 2 will there.

It appears from this trailer that a journalist shows up to investigate. Perhaps a conspiracy journalist.. Also, the homages being paid to KARATE KID and GHOSTBUSTERS is pretty cool. During the run-up to this release STRANGERS THINGS creators also revealed a poster showing a true and amazing tribute to another amazing movie that came out in 1984: The original NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET..

Homages aside, the character development looks very in depth. At least judging from a single trailer.. Will seems to be a main character.. Perhaps Will becomes the earthly manifestation of the upside down and Eleven has defeat him? Perhaps Nancy is the key--or just true love.

The MK ULTRA affair looks amazing in this..
I am entirely excited.

One interesting conundrum that STRANGER THINGS 2 may have is how audiences have come to know and love Finn Wolfhard playing Ritchie from the remake of 'IT.' He was foul-mouthed and funny.. a complete reversal in a sense from Mike .. but not really. STRANGER THINGS 2 may feature a more mature Mike.. not sure if they'll go as far as genital jokes and F words.. But audiences may have grown so used to it from IT that they may expect it.

But back to my thought about this trailer to begin with.. As much as I love it, I wish the final trailer released prior to the show's October 27 binge-worthy debut would have been the one that premiered at Comic Con.. the amazing with that is complete with Michael Jackson's THRILLER and ends with Boris Karloff's horrific laughter.. for those who forget, this:



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