Brothers Matt and Ross Duffer revisit Hawkins nearly three years later in Stranger Things 4. The final season of the Netflix franchise series is divided into two installments for 8 Episodes.
This coming May 27, the first seven will be available. However, we will have to wait until July to enjoy the last two chapters to close this new plot thread.
Stranger things 4 release date
- Chapter One: The Hellfire Club – Episode 1. 27 May 2022
- Vecna’s Curse – Episode 2. 27 May 2022
- The Monster and The Superhero – Episode 3. 27 May 2022
- Dear Billy – Episode 4. 27 May 2022
- The Nina Project – Episode 5. 27 May 2022
- The Dive – Episode 6. 1 July 2022
- The Massacre At Hawkins Lab – Episode 7. 1 July 2022
- Papa – Episode 8. 1 July 2022
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Like J.K. Rowling did with her famous saga, the Duffers have grown their characters. The gang of children is now teenagers fighting to survive in high school.
This new stage presents them with new personal challenges. The story is set within the genre that Americans call “coming-of-age,” the passage from childhood to adulthood.
Ce, the character who has made Millie Bobby Brown famous, has difficulty adjusting to her high school and is a victim of abuse from her peers. Meanwhile, Lucas takes advantage of his position on the basketball team to rub shoulders with the popular, leaving aside his friends.
In addition, the group must deal with all this while they are separated. Ce and the Byers have been relocated to another state for protection by breaking the gang’s union.
The terror of Stranger Things 4
When Stranger Things premiered in 2016, the first few episodes of the series more closely resembled eighties movies like The Goonies or Count on Me. The success of the series was to know how to combine that tone with a few drops of suspense and, in some moments, horror resources.
That made Stranger Things have a wide range of viewers. The younger ones, to whom the horror parts came a little bit, and the adult audience were attracted by the powerful nostalgia.
The Duffers raise the tone in this fourth season and bring it closer to a more physical and brutal terror.
The first few episodes are very reminiscent of the universe that Wes Craven created in Nightmare on Elm Street. The entity they must deal with is similar to Freddy Krueger and his way of acting.
Ce’s story also brings us a slight scent of Carrie, De Palma’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel about a girl with powers who suffers harassment from her classmates.
Although with these changes, the series maintains its eighties aroma. Undoubtedly, one of the keys to its success.
Irregular plots and characters
At least in these seven chapters, the story runs through three parallel plots. We cannot reveal too much about them, but we will say that the interest with which the three are followed is not the same.
For us, the one that concerns the character of Joyce (Wynona Ryder) is the least effective. The series works better when teens are on screen than when adults are.
Nor has the entity they must face just convinced us. The Demogorgon was a spectacular and visually powerful creature. From there, any other character will not live up to it. This “villain” is the least original of all those who have appeared in the series. The parallel world it lives in is not as satisfactory as the first installments.
The bar was too high.
Review of Stranger Things 4
The Duffers maintain the essence of the series. Not surprisingly, it is what has put it as one of the flagships of the platform.
The characters, now teenagers, must deal with other types of personal problems. They all try to fit into the institute while restructuring their relationships within the group. That gives the series the ability to explore new scenarios and take its characters to corners unexplored in previous seasons.
The series has also increased the intensity of the horror scenes. A horror more physical and, at times, close to gore.
The Hawkins gang’s new challenge is less attractive than the fabulous Demogorgon. Its way of working is very reminiscent of the iconic character created by Craven, Freddy Krueger. That is the minor original villain of all the deliveries to date.
Nor are all the stories that happen in parallel able to capture our interest in the same way. Reports are spotty and less effective when it’s not the teens on screen.
If you have waited three years to get here and consider yourself a fan of the universe created by the Duffers, you will enjoy this new season. Although being objective, it is not up to the previous three.