In Review: Stranger Things Season 4 Volume 2

We also get strong performances from Noah Schnapp and Finn Wolfhard as Will and Mike share a really powerful scene where it looks like El could be in real trouble. Will reminds Mike that he is the heart of the team. That he can draw strength from his love for El, which in turn will strengthen her will to fight. It's thrilling stuff.

Synopsis: In Volume 2 Nancy has sobering visions, and El passes an important test. Back in Hawkins, the gang gathers supplies and prepares for battle.

 

The Story

Picking the story up from where it left off. Eleven has just learned that Number 1 is Vecna and has gotten her powers back. However,Dr. Brenner isn’t prepared to let El go because he doesn’t feel she is ready to fight Vecna. Of course, El thinks a little differently and wants to help her friends as she has seen visions of them all dying. So she is fighting Brenner all the way.

Back in Russia Jim Hopper escaped the prison with the help of Joyce and Murray, but it soon dawns on them that they need to break back in to fill the mind flayers in order to help the gang in Hawkins out. Seemingly the Mind Flayers that have infested the prison are psychically linked to Vecna. So killing them will substantially weaken him. Meanwhile, back in Hawkins, the gang comes up with a risky plan to take on Vecna. They’ve figured out that in order to link with his victims. He has to go into a trance while in the upside-down. To that end Dustin, Eddie, Steve, Nancy, and Robin go back into The Upside Down to try and kill Vecna. While Max gives up her music in order to act as bait for Vecna while Lucas watches on. 

Elsewhere, Mike, Jonathan, and Will arrive at scenes of absolute carnage as a rogue military mission to kill El has gone terribly wrong. As they pick up El they learn about how much danger their friends in Hawkins are in. The problem is the fasted way they can get there is to fly and there are no flights. In order to solve that problem. El suggests going into a psychic trance in order to piggyback herself into the Upside Down via Max so she can fight Vecna.

 

The Acting

We had some epic performances from the group in these final two bumper-sized episodes. Millie Bobby Brown is awesome as El and her final scene with Dr. Brenner (Matthew Modine) gives a nice sense of closure to that messy relationship. We also get strong performances from Noah Schnapp and Finn Wolfhard as Will and Mike share a really powerful scene where it looks like El could be in real trouble. Will reminds Mike that he is the heart of the team. That he can draw strength from his love for El, which in turn will strengthen her will to fight. It’s thrilling stuff.

Once again we get solid performances from Gaten Matarazzo and Joseph Quinn as the two take metal to new extremes as the Dustin and Eddy show kicks some Upside Down butt in Hawkins.

 

Overall

Volume 2 of this two-part season wraps things up nicely, but not overly neatly as we get left with a huge cliffhanger that is designed to pave the way for season 5, which I hope we don’t have to wait too long for. This season had some great acting performances and wonderful character moments for all the key players. It also gave us a memorable new character in the form of Eddie who sacrifices himself to save the day. His story arc comes full circle because he chooses not to run away from danger this time. But stands and fights like a real D&D character would.

As for Vecna. As Will points out as he is once again psychically linked in with the Upside Down. Vecna is badly hurt but isn’t dead. And Hawkins is seemingly undergoing a rather dark transition as the effects of the Earthquake bring the landscape of hell to the troubled small town.

How will El and the gang eventually defeat this evil and get Hawkins back to normal? For the answers to that question. We’ll have to wait for season 5.

9.6
Stranger Things Season 4 Volume 2
  • Story
    9.2
  • Acting
    10
  • CGI & Stunts
    10
  • Incidental Music
    9.0

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