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.
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,
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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.
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.
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.
- CGI & Stunts10
- Incidental Music9.0