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‘Stranger Things’ Season 4 ends with death and destruction



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

Observe: 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 cause for an episode of a TV sequence 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 effectively 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 go away their remoted storyline in Russia and make it again to their youngsters 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 remains 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 song “Running Up that Hill” performs once more for emotional affect.

Nancy (Natalia Dyer), Steve (Joe Keery), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Robin (Maya Hawke), Max (Sadie Sink) and Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), right all stand in a line.
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 way in which, and Max is in a coma from which she may not wake. (The present additionally killed off Matthew Modine’s “Papa” and performed that as an emotional second, nevertheless it’s onerous to really feel unhappy for a person who experimented on youngsters.)

On one hand, this flip of occasions is a aid 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 reveals in that it has hazard, horror and dire circumstances with out offing its major characters. Publish “Recreation of Thrones” reveals appear to compete to have essentially the most surprising deaths, and it feels novel that “Stranger Issues” is ready to hearth on all cylinders with out taking part in that recreation. 

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, alternatively, it’s getting predictable and repetitive that the one who dies every season is a comparatively new facet character, reminiscent of Eddie, Billy (Dacre Montgomery) and poor Bob (Sean Astin) from previous seasons. It’s onerous to really feel like this present has excessive stakes if it refuses to choose off its major forged. 

However, there was quite a bit to take pleasure in in these two super-sized episodes. 

“Stranger Issues” has at all times 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 effectively, 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 lady. The present doesn’t lose sight of small gestures between these characters amidst the chaos, and the human component 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 quite a lot of chaos. Though a lot of the gang survives, Hawkins is in shambles and largely destroyed from supernatural occasions that the information is asking an “earthquake.” A protracted line of automobiles flees the city and plumes of smoke could be seen whereas the sky rains ash.

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