“Stranger Things” fans at BYU-Hawaii are getting excited for the second season of the Netflix hit show, though concerns about the newest season not being as good as the original have been raised by media reporters and bloggers.
Matt Duffer, co-creator of the series, told EW, “[We] have envisioned the return as not so much a second season but a movie sequel. When we started describing it as a sequel, Netflix was like, ‘Don’t do that, because sequels are known to be bad.’”
Bryndie Danforth, a freshman also from Utah studying exercise science, said, “I’m not stressing about it because they’re just continuing the story they already have, not making a whole different synopsis.”
After several arguments about how to approach the next season, Ross Duffer, Matt’s brother and co-creator, told Entertainment News, “I think we talked like a larger time jump where the kids are older now and it’s a different decade. That’s something we batted around from the very beginning. But for us, there’s still more story here [in the 1980s], there’s still things that are unresolved.”
Despite the ongoing debates about the show being deemed a sequel, Brooklyn Bartlett, a freshman from Utah with an undeclared major, said, “Going off from where it ended, I feel like they have the potential to have a really good story line for the sequel. I'm not really worried about it.”
Sariah Moore, a freshman from California studying biology said, “I am so excited. They left so many questions unanswered, and I’m stoked to see how everything unfolds. The directors’ overall vision is super unique, so however things play out I’m sure that this sequel will be just as thrilling and entertaining as the original.”
“Stranger Things” takes place in small town Hawkins, Indiana in the 1980s. The first season’s story begins with young middle school student Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) being chased by a mysterious figure, and he is soon deemed missing. His mother Joyce (Winona Ryder) seeks the help of Chief Hopper (David Harbour) to find her missing son, while Will’s three best friends (played by Finn Wolfhard, Caleb McLaughlin, and Gaten Matarazzo) stumble across a mysterious girl with abilities they name “Eleven” (Millie Bobby Brown) who might be able to help them.
Season two will be released on Netflix on Oct. 26 at 9 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time.