Break out the Atari. Gas up your Trans Am. Throw on your acid-washed jeans. The final trailer for season 2 of Stranger Things is here and, oh boy, does it deliver. Lets do this!
Radical 80’s references? Gnarly inter-dimensional tentacle monsters? The kid with the teeth?
Start taking notes, Hollywood. This is what entertainment looks like. Nifty ideas with excellent writing about characters we care about. No political statements in sight (aside from the tubular Reagan/Bush sign). Take all those things, add a triple serving of ’80s nostalgia, and you’ve got yourself a quality television program.
One thing that’s worthy of pointing out. Stranger Things’ primary protagonist is of the female variety, but the producers were kind enough to not repeatedly club the viewers over the head with that fact. Eleven is a well-executed badass superhuman who happens to be a girl. Something approximately zero people have a problem with.
But, according to leftists, the evil cis-hetero patriarchy shuts down any female-led projects. They’ve apparently never seen Alien or Terminator 2.
The truth is lovers of the moving pictures will take good writing over “sticking it to the patriarchy” every time. Stranger Things is streamable proof that, if you leave your politics out of the frame, your female-led projects will bring in some righteous buckage.
Now, if only we could convince them to leave their politics out of awards shows: