It’s hard to decide what’s more frustrating about Season 4 Stranger Things.. Due to its all emotional heights, the show also had to fight complex and stale writing to scale those peaks. Initially, one of the biggest hurdles the series had to overcome was not being able to put the story together into a feature-length episode, rather than forcing the use of the right editor.
I didn’t have to spend too much time reuniting or leaving Hopper, Joyce and Murray in Russia. We certainly didn’t need much time to move from California to Hawkins. Even in the context it brought to Vecna’s story, there must be another way to rekindle the power of Eleven, revealing the great evil that did not bring the character back to the nearly non-verbal state of Seasons 1 and 2. It was.
But the biggest sins committed in Season 4, and the sins that have so far lightly poisoned Creative Well in each season, are little known about their character and growth by the Duffer brothers independently and through written relationships. It’s either absent or it doesn’t seem to care. .. It’s as if they were positively opposed to the praise given to the show, and dynamics fans devoted themselves to expectations and metaphors such as babysitter Steve and possible feelings for Will’s Mike. I’m trying to prove it. I came by myself. The bloated nature of Season 4 (again, which I enjoyed overall) was not a by-product of ingenuity or epic storytelling, but the result of self-satisfying writing.
The lack of understanding of what makes their characters so compelling is simply the most offensive. But mainly because the actors play these roles, we are drawn to each season. The nostalgia and big monsters of the 80’s were the first draw, but in the four seasons, especially when the plot line derailed and elements such as the secret Russian base cared for the show, it became too fascinating. Is the bond they formed with the characters. An empirical lack of control.
It’s in big and small moments.Did they Forget Will’s birthday?? Well, that’s one ridiculous element that the fact checker might have found. Do they make Will believe that Mike is at the center of the party and is making a move to emphasize that it is what the Duffers believe? Well, at that point, they just lack the gist and work they did sitting in front of them. Noah Schnapp has done a great job with this sequence, he has long been coded as gay and probably in love with his best friend, but at least for the last two seasons this is true. There is no text to suggest. Instead, as usual in queer characters, it’s all in the subtext. Finn Wolfhard is undoubtedly a talented actor, but Sadie Sink’s Max, Gaten Matarazzo’s Dustin, and Caleb McLaughlin’s Lucas have made a bigger arc this season.
It influences the idea of not being able to understand what makes a character interesting. This is reinforced by the excellence and weight of being placed in a romantic relationship. Hopper and Joyce were at their best in seasons 1 and 2, but despite the romantic feeling hints, David Harbor and Winona Ryder have the magic of that weird couple and love their town and loved ones. The main focus was on keeping it safe. Joyce’s strengths were her firm belief in her children and her random attitude to protect them. Therefore, it is detrimental to her character to drive her to Russia just to complete her relationship with Hopper.
Similarly, being the show’s MVP, Joe Keery’s Steve rehashes his feelings for Nancy, even though it’s written to close her relationship with Jonathan at the end of Season 2. I have been forced to do that. If the distance forced him to move away from Jonathan and approach him in a dying experience, Nancy and Steve approached again, and Kelly and Natalia Dyer shared clear chemistry, but both the best moments came. It feels like the character’s growth has stepped back 10 steps from Heroic’s solo act.
It’s a shame, and it’s certainly fixed when the characters are all working together, rather than split, but that’s one of the obvious weaknesses of the series, and because of all that confusion. , Almost frustratingly attractive. There is no doubt about the ambitions behind the World Building (not to mention its great score), but it’s the characters who have always paid a lot of attention. So why do the Duffer brothers seem less interested in characters than their viewers? Partner your character as needed, but don’t rely on the pairing itself to do the tedious work of characterization.
That ability is there. You can see it in episodes such as the extraordinary “Dear Billy,” who understood Max’s trauma and loneliness, and how her friends gathered around her. The writer believes that the plot lives in multiple overlapping knotted plots, rather than the Hawkins town myth and its Sunnydaleization, and the relationships and developments they took in Season 1. Has become clear enough. From Eleven, who saved Mike in Season 1, to her return in Season 2, Max and Eleven’s friendship in Season 3, and Robin and Steve’s shared confession at a dirty bathroom stall, highlights of a particular season. please look. The strength of the show is clear. Not only for those who are watching, but also for those who are watching.
All episodes of Season 4 Stranger Things Currently available on Netflix.