So I finished Stranger Things Season Two this weekend. Before I get into my thoughts on where the show goes from here, here’s your standard spoiler warning. The article continues after the trailer.
Season two of Stranger things was a lot of fun. Eight of the nine episodes were nearly flawless. The other one introduced some interesting world-building that could be used to make season three something a bit different. That’s what I’d like to write about, where the show goes from here.
While the last scene threatened another round of our heroes versus “the upside down,” I kind of hope that the seeds of season three are contained in episode seven of season two. While some ink has been spilled by critics about why the “El/Jane goes to the Chicago” episode is the weakest of the season, I think that’s a function of the fact that it isn’t given the room to breathe that the rest of the series is granted. It also occurs in the middle of a cliffhanger, which throws off the rhythm of other eight episodes.
As an aside, with some notable exceptions (Thor, the Hulk, the Silver Surfer) the most powerful characters in Marvel comics are typically X-Men and other “mutant” characters. Arguably, the most powerful is Jean Grey – who among other things can manipulate all matter with her mind. Sound familiar?
As we know from episode seven, El/Jane isn’t the only super-powered being out there. At least one of her siblings is roaming the country dispensing vigilante justice. There are at least nine others, whose powers and whereabouts haven’t been revealed.
Now, El/Jane with her Jean Grey powers might have an advantage over the others. A well worn comic book trope, however, is that this power also makes her a target. For season three I’d like to see her have to protect her friends against her rogue “siblings,” while the Mind Flayer licks its wounds and somehow returns for season 4.
(c) 2017 D.G. McCabe