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“Stranger Things” season 4: conflicting teenagers and more terror in the return to Hawkins

“Stranger Things” season 4: conflicting teenagers and more terror in the return to Hawkins

Six months have passed since the Battle of Starcourt left the town of Hawkins in terror and destruction. Meanwhile, the protagonists are separated and have to deal with multiple problems. (Netflix)

The boys grew up. Millie Bobby Brown, also known as Eleven, is no longer the shaved-headed girl who shocked the world with her character in the first two seasons. None of them is a child and they already have adolescent problems equal to or more serious than the battles they have fought in the three editions of the series. Of course, no adult in real life could even face these setbacks. Fight a monster like the Demogorgon? Not even in the worst nightmares, but the duffer brothers they managed to win over the general public with these stories. They connected through nostalgia and the good use of editing and music, they mixed steven spielberg with Stephen King and built charismatic characters. In this fourth season, they repeat the formula, but with more skill and risks than in their third installment (in which a certain exhaustion had been felt) and with an air of farewell although the fifth installment is still missing.

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The first part of the fourth season will premiere on May 27.  (Netflix)
The first part of the fourth season will premiere on May 27. (Netflix)

It should be clarified that this criticism of season 4 of stranger things it was written with the initial four episodes watched and all of them are over an hour long. The fourth, the longest of the batch released for the press, lasts 1 hour and 17 minutes and they confirmed that the seventh and nine extend almost like a movie: 1 hour 38 min, and 2 hours and a half respectively. This confirms what one of its directors said a few days ago, shawn levy (Free Guy, The Adam Project), to the portal IGN: “As soon as I read the outline for season 4, I remember texting the Duffer brothers, ‘Do you realize this is huge?’” One of the creators Ross Dufferalso added information about the development of the new chapters: “It’s almost double” and refers to everything that has already been seen in the series.

The young protagonists will once again face the specters of the Other Side in "Stranger Things 4".  (Netflix)
The young protagonists will once again face the specters of the Other Side in “Stranger Things 4”. (Netflix)

Now yes, about the new chapters, the plot is divided into three well-defined scenarios: the Byers, who adopted Eleven, are in California. As she suffers from her adaptation at school, she begins to have a conflict with her memories, something that we will tell immediately begins the fourth installment in the first eight minutes that Netflix released last Friday. On the other hand, Hawkins’ team has to face a new threat related to her recent past, but bigger and more chilling with other powers and cunning, and within the inclusion of new characters; one of them will become the center of the case in Indiana. Meanwhile, the adults go looking for Hopper who is alone in Russia after the season three finale.

On this occasion, viewers will find very extensive episodes.  (Netflix)
On this occasion, viewers will find very extensive episodes. (Netflix)

Before saying what has changed, for better or worse, we must highlight what remains: visual quality, camera handling and editing. There is no doubt that the Duffers, beyond knowing how to build catchy stories, like to be neat, they enjoy telling something with the lens and not simply putting a camera and recording. The use of detailed shots to present characters, off-screen shots to represent threats and enemies, the use of such characteristic music and, in this season, the villain’s design, makeup, etc. Tools that they handle with great skill when they want to show off a little more. That remains and it is the good news added, now, to the fact that it is his greatest season. The new batch of chapters exhibits a more thorough work to address all fronts (perhaps too many) and the development of this story that made it clear that the enemy to defeat are no longer creatures without control or consciousness.

The enemy to defeat are no longer creatures without control or consciousness.  (Netflix)
The enemy to defeat are no longer creatures without control or consciousness. (Netflix)

And with the arrival of new conflicts and more fronts, characters are added. That does not always translate to an improvement, but in that case, they are part of the most attractive of the initial chapters of the fourth installment. I will specifically mention the good accessions: Joseph Quinn What Eddie Munson. This is a generation older than the group of young protagonists, but who proudly carries the flag of nerds or freaks, as they are called at school. The figure of him is a magnet on the screen and will lead the conflict in Hawkins. on the other side is Edward Frank What argyles, is Jonathan Byer’s new best friend who will end up getting involved with the group and, for the time being, works as the comedic factor on that side, as well as providing transportation for all the adventures to come. Noteworthy is the presence of Robert Englund, the actor who gave life in the 80s to the mythical Freddy Kruegerit is Victor Creela dangerous inmate of a psychiatric hospital who is one of the most anticipated of the series for the new chapters and delivers in his first appearances.

Joseph Quinn as Eddie Munson, one of the new additions to the series.  (Netflix)
Joseph Quinn as Eddie Munson, one of the new additions to the series. (Netflix)

Having presented the new characters and the contexts in which all the protagonists are going to move, two things must be said: the series embraces the horror genre more than ever and makes it clear in its first two chapters. Dismemberments, nightmares, blood and a double bet on the icons of the genre are no longer formless monsters, but there is a clear enemy to defeat: Vecna. A kind of Freddy Krueger, but quieter and operating through hallucinations and not from nightmares, but located in the other world. A conscious being that seemed to come out, at least the aspect of it, from the mind of William of the Bull: full of tentacles, viscous, recreated in an artisanal way and with a disturbing look.

Vecna: a new enemy to defeat, a kind of Freddy Krueger.  (Netflix)
Vecna: a new enemy to defeat, a kind of Freddy Krueger. (Netflix)

As data to better understand what we are going to see this season, stranger things 4 It will be divided into two parts: the first debuting on May 27 and the second batch on July 1. There is a strategy to extend the conversation of the series as its competitors do. On the other hand, it was confirmed that it is not only the most expensive season so far, but one of the most expensive TV series seasons of all time. The Wall Street Journal revealed that it has a budget per episode of $30 million dollars (game of Thrones reached $15 million per episode in its final season).

Opening scene of the first chapter of the new season. (Netflix)

In conclusion, the return of Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), Joyce (Winona Ryder), Jim Hopper (David Harbor) Mike (finn wolfhard), Will (Noah Schnapp), Max (Sadie Sink), Robin (maya hawke), Nancy (Natalia Dyer) and Jonathon (charlie heaton), among so many others, seems to have learned from the mistakes of her last season in becoming extremely repetitive. In that sense, she improves and changes the axis and the bet a little. But in this case, the biggest error, as evidenced by the exposed data, may be abundance. Too many stories, settings, subplots, for a series that has already accompanied the audience for so many years. If exhaustion is overcome and they still feel stranger things as a place to visit every two or three years, you will find a well-achieved bet on terror (its greatest merit in 2022), with clear references to supernatural horror and sometimes religious terror, and with new characters that are going to be make love enough.

stranger things debuts on May 27 at Netflix with the first seven chapters and then two more from July 1 by Netflix.

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