'Stranger Things' Season 4 Volume 2 Review: Netflix series goes out in the most epic way possible
The first seven episodes of ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4 laid up the perfect foundation for the epic fight between good and evil. Apart from that, it also had four separate storylines interplaying with one another and all the main characters are dealing with the fallout of Starcourt Mall. Meanwhile, a new and more dangerous evil was getting ready to wreak havoc in Hawkins. Volume One perfectly juggled everything and made room for Volume 2 to throw in some carnage as well.
So, Volume 2 picks up a few moments after Vecna reveals his true identity and tells Nancy that he is Victor Creel’s son, Henry. Nancy has been trapped inside the Upside-Down and her friends are desperately trying to free her. But she’s not the only one in danger and trying to escape this ordeal. Hopper, Joyce, and Murray are trying to deal with Demogorgons while Eleven is still reeling after knowing that she created Vecna. On the other hand, the group in California has now traveled to Nevada to help Eleven escape the facility.
There was a lot that the Duffer brothers needed to handle and somehow make all characters work for one single goal: to defeat Vecna. It was challenging, but the creators of the show have done a phenomenal job in putting together these plots and then heading in one direction. That’s why the final two episodes serve as some of the most breath-taking episodes in the history of television.
A lot of people were skeptical about the finale is over 2 hours long (2 hours, 22 minutes to be précised), and to be honest, I was feeling the same but I never lost hope in the Duffer brothers and they just blew me away by giving fans a truly cinematic experience that’s visually stunning and satisfying as well. While watching the finale, I realized that Netflix could have released it in theatres and I am telling you it could have made them all the big bucks. Even though the episodes are long in duration, they never get off track and maintain the same horrifying atmosphere that was expected from the final two episodes. The creators have ensured that viewers are kept at the edge of their seats at all times that’s why every scene feels like something dangerous is going to happen or a character is going to die.
Apart from all the nail-biting stuff, there’s something about these final episodes that make them even more endearing. ‘Stranger Things’ has always been about true friendships and bringing that element in between all the chaos worked so damn well this time around. The scene between Will and Mike where Will makes him understand that Eleven will never leave him is touching. The way he tells Mike about his feelings and gives a subtle hint about how much “he” loves Mike was heartbreaking.
As far as performances are concerned, Noah Schnapp turns out to be the MVP here and gives a heart-melting performance. Meanwhile, Gaten Matarazzo’s performance is extraordinary and David Harbour as Jim Hopper shows why he is one of the most remarkable aspects of the show. On the other hand, Caleb McLaughlin, Sadie Sink, Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Millie Bobby Brown, Winona Ryder, Priah Ferguson, Matthew Modine, and Eduardo Franco have given stellar performances.
However, Joseph Quinn’s Eddie Munson once again turns out to be the scene-stealer here.
It’s pretty staggering what the Duffer brothers were able to accomplish with Season 4. They wanted to push the boundaries and they have successfully managed to show everyone how it’s done. The last two episodes feature some of the most thrilling sequences in the show’s history, but they also have some moments that would make you emotional. The cinematography is absolutely stunning.
All in all, Volume 2 had everything that ‘Stranger Things’ fans hoped for and in the process, they gave viewers an experience that will be remembered for years.
'Stranger Thing' Season Volume 1 & 2 are currently streaming exclusively on Netflix.