‘Stranger Things’ Season 4 ends with death and destruction

The fourth and penultimate season of “Stranger Issues” has led to a method that’s bloated — however in the end satisfying and full of destruction.

Word: Spoilers forward.

The 2 supersized episodes that capped off Season 4 (now streaming on Netflix) ought to have been divided into shorter segments. There’s merely no purpose for an episode of a TV collection to be longer than a function size movie (two hours and thirty minutes) and these might have simply been trimmed down.

However the occasions that transpired wrapped up the season properly sufficient and left “Stranger Issues” with sufficient story for Season 5. 

As followers know, the characters have been separated to far-flung corners of the earth. Now, within the last stretch, Hopper (David Harbour) and Joyce (Winona Ryder) lastly depart their remoted storyline in Russia and make it again to their children in Hawkins (whereas additionally cementing that their “will they or gained’t they” relationship is a go). 

Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) reunites with the remainder of the California gang — Will (Noah Schnapp), Mike (Finn Wolfhard) and Jonathan (Charlie Heaton), who continues to be essentially the most ineffective character. They, in flip, meet up with the Hawkins crew which incorporates Steve (Joe Keery), Robin (Maya Hawke), Nancy (Natalia Dyer), Max (Sadie Sink) and Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin). The Kate Bush music “Working Up that Hill” performs once more for emotional impression.

Nancy (Natalia Dyer), Steve (Joe Keery), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Robin (Maya Hawke), Max (Sadie Sink) and Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), proper.
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Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) in a lab with a headpiece on and bloody hands.
Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown).
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However, it’s hardly sunshine and rainbows, even with all of the reunions.

Eddie (Joseph Quinn), the big-hearted nerd who was newly launched this season, has been killed alongside the best way, and Max is in a coma from which she won’t wake. (The present additionally killed off Matthew Modine’s “Papa” and performed that as an emotional second, nevertheless it’s arduous to really feel unhappy for a person who experimented on children.)

On one hand, this flip of occasions is a reduction to long-time viewers who would hate to lose a beloved character like Steve. It’s additionally good that “Stranger Issues” feels pretty distinctive amongst style exhibits in that it has hazard, horror and dire circumstances with out offing its major characters. Submit “Recreation of Thrones” exhibits appear to compete to have essentially the most stunning deaths, and it feels novel that “Stranger Issues” is ready to hearth on all cylinders with out enjoying that sport. 

Eddie (Joseph Quinn) sits at a table in the woods.
Eddie (Joseph Quinn) dies in “Stranger Issues” Season 4.
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Robin (Maya Hawke), Steve (Joe Keery) and Eddie (Joseph Quinn) in "Stranger Things" glance at each other in an RV.
Robin (Maya Hawke), Steve (Joe Keery) and Eddie (Joseph Quinn) in “Stranger Issues.”
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However, then again, it’s getting predictable and repetitive that the one who dies every season is a comparatively new facet character, comparable to Eddie, Billy (Dacre Montgomery) and poor Bob (Sean Astin) from previous seasons. It’s arduous to really feel like this present has excessive stakes if it refuses to choose off its major forged. 

Nonetheless, there was loads to get pleasure from in these two super-sized episodes. 

“Stranger Issues” has all the time been good at constructing as much as a well-earned emotional second like a hug between buddies who haven’t seen one another shortly (and have suffered harrowing circumstances whereas they’ve been aside).

These episodes showcase that significantly properly, whether or not it’s Hopper and Joyce sharing a kiss, Dustin and Mike sharing a joyful hug, or Hopper and Eleven lastly reuniting as father and daughter and mocking one another’s buzz cuts. “Stranger Issues” additionally finds time for a second the place Steve smiles supportively whereas Robin flirts with a woman. The present doesn’t lose sight of small gestures between these characters amidst the chaos, and the human aspect makes the motion all-the-more thrilling.

Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) with Papa (Matthew Modine) stand in a lab.
Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) with Papa (Matthew Modine).
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Hawkins looks like Mordor in "Stranger Things."
Hawkins appears like Mordor in “Stranger Issues.”
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And there certain is lots of chaos. Though many of the gang survives, Hawkins is in shambles and principally destroyed from supernatural occasions that the information is looking an “earthquake.” An extended line of vehicles flees the city and plumes of smoke could be seen whereas the sky rains ash.

It’s all wanting very apocalyptic and loads like Mordor from “Lord of the Rings.” Going into the fifth and last season, nearly everybody may nonetheless be standing — however issues are extra dire than ever. 

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