Stranger Things 2, the second season of the Netflix original Stranger Things, was released on October 27, 2017. It consists of nine episodes ranging from forty-five to sixty-two minutes in length.
Stranger Things 2 was confirmed by Netflix on August 31, 2016, for a 2017 release. An announcement trailer revealed that the second season consisted of nine episodes as well as showing the working title for each episode. Filming of the season started in Atlanta, Georgia on November 7, 2016.
Set in Hawkins in the fall of 1984, the story continues as supernatural forces once again begin to affect the town.
While the season services the first season’s core cast and characters first and foremost, several new characters are introduced: tomboy Max and her older step-brother Billy, a girl named Kali connected to Hawkins Lab, RadioShack manager Bob Newby, Department of Energy agent Dr. Owens and disgraced journalist-turned-conspiracy theorist Murray Bauman.
Similar to the previous season, Season 2 was lauded by critics and audiences alike and was praised for being much more horror-oriented.
Short Story of Season 2
It’s 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers have been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.
In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a group of criminals killed a man. They flee in a van but are pursued by police. They escape from the police when the group goes under a tunnel, where rocks fall and block the opening.
However, it is revealed that the rocks were only a vision in the mind of the lead policeman. Back in the van, it is revealed that a girl named Kali, a member of the gang, has caused the vision.
She is bleeding from her left nostril and we see a tattoo marked “008” on her wrist.
Back in Hawkins, the boys go to the Palace arcade, where they find that someone with the name “MADMAX” has beaten Dustin‘s high score in “Dig Dug” by over 100,000 points. At the arcade, Will experiences an “episode”, where he finds himself in the Upside Down version of the arcade. In the episode, he sees a large “shadow monster”.
The next day at school, they meet a new student from California named Max, who immediately captures the affection of Lucas and Dustin. Dustin believes she is “MADMAX” but Lucas is skeptical. At Hawkins High, Max’s stepbrother Billy arrives, and begins to compete with Steve for the title of “King”.
Will, who has been experiencing the episodes frequently, is taken by Joyce and Hopper to Hawkins Lab, where he is seen by Dr. Owens, the new head scientist. Meanwhile, Joyce has begun seeing Bob Newby, a classmate from high school and the manager of the local RadioShack.
Nancy and Steve have been having regular dinners with the Holland family following Barb‘s death. Nancy, who is still grieving Barb’s death, learns that the Hollands (who are unaware Barb is dead) are selling their house to afford to pay an investigative journalist named Murray Bauman to find Barb; Nancy feels responsible and guilty.
Mike has been trying to contact Eleven for 352 days in a row after her disappearance, though unsuccessful. Later, Hopper goes to a cabin in the woods, where it is revealed he lives there with Eleven, who is alive.
Flashbacks show that after killing the Demogorgon, Eleven turned up in the Upside Down. She escapes through a portal and goes to see Mike at the Wheelers’ house, but flees into the woods after seeing government agents at the house.
More flashbacks show that Hopper finds her and sets up his grandfather’s hunting cabin as a place for them to live. Back in the present, Eleven wants to go trick-or-treating but is told “no” by Hopper as it is too dangerous.
Hopper is called into a pumpkin patch after reports of rotting pumpkins. Nancy wants to tell the Hollands the truth but is persuaded out of it by Steve. They attend a Halloween party, where Nancy gets drunk and berates Steve, putting the blame for Barb’s death on them and saying she doesn’t love him.
Steve leaves, upset, and Jonathan finds Nancy and takes her home. The boys go trick-or-treating and are joined by Max, who was invited by Dustin and Lucas. Will has brought Bob’s video camera to record the experience. Will has another episode and tells Mike about the vision, but requests him not to tell anyone.
Mike admits to Will that he has been unsuccessfully trying to communicate with Eleven. Eleven tries to contact Mike, who was also simultaneously calling her using his Supercom from the basement but is unsuccessful. Dustin returns home after trick-or-treating to find a small, strange, slug-like creature in his trash can, which he determines is a pollywog.
Bob encourages Will to stand up to his fears. Nancy is able to persuade Jonathan to help her tell Barb’s parents the truth. Hopper asks Owens to investigate the pumpkins. Dustin brings the pollywog to school, which he has now named D’Artagnan from The Three Musketeers novel. Will describes his episodes, and the boys conclude Dart is from the Upside Down.
Dart escapes from the AV room, and the boys and Max scramble to find Dart. Mike, in the gym, gets into an argument with Max, as Mike is angry at Max because Lucas and Dustin want to bring her into the party. Eleven leaves the cabin to look for Mike and interprets Mike’s argument as flirting. She uses her powers to knock Max over and leaves.
At the Byers house, Joyce discovers an image of Will’s vision, including a vague outline of the shadow monster, on the video Will, recorded while trick or treating. After seeing the tracing of the outline matches with a picture Will drew, Joyce goes to the middle school.
Will finds Dart, but this triggers another episode, where he comes face to face with the shadow monster. Will follows Bob’s advice and confronts the monster, but the monster forces a tentacle down Will’s throat.
Will awakens from the episode to the concern of Joyce and his friends. Joyce takes Will home, but he begins acting strangely and begins drawing scribbles on multiple pages. Joyce calls in Hopper, and they find the scribbles line up, which forms a network of vines. Hopper recognizes an area and leaves. Nancy and Jonathan arrange a meeting with Barb’s mother but are caught by undercover lab agents.
They are taken to the lab, where Owens shows the two the Gate to the Upside Down and admits Barb’s death. He tells them they have been tapping phones (how they discovered Nancy’s meeting with Barb’s mom) to keep other governments from learning about the portal.
When they are released, Nancy reveals she recorded the confession. At the cabin, Eleven has an argument with Hopper, and later finds his research into her biological mother, Terry Ives, and attempts to contact her with her powers.
Mike worries about Will and goes to check him at the Byers house after requesting Dustin and Lucas to search for Dart. Hopper goes to the pumpkin patch, where he digs a hole, which leads to a tunnel in the Upside Down.
He becomes trapped and passes out. Will sees a vision of Hopper’s state, but Joyce cannot figure out the meaning of the vision. She enlists Bob for help, as his nickname in high school was “Bob the Brain”.
Bob is able to identify the tunnels as a map underneath Hawkins, and is able to roughly locate where Hopper was trapped. Lucas tries to get closer to Max, but Billy warns her to stay away from him. At Dustin’s house, he finds Dart has broken from his cage and ate his pet cat; Dustin then finds that Dart is a baby Demogorgon.
Nancy and Jonathan go to Murray Bauman with the tape. Murray knows the public won’t accept the story as-is (with monsters) but suggests watering down the story. Murray and Nancy decide to change the story to say that Barb died from toxins from the lab.
Murray sends the tape to the Chicago Sun-Times (where he was previously employed). Lucas tells the events of last year to Max in an attempt to gain her respect, but she doesn’t believe him. Dustin lures Dart to his storm cellar and traps him.
He goes to the Wheelers’ house to find any of the boys, even asking for Nancy, but none of them are there. On his way out, he runs into Steve, who is coming to apologize to Nancy. Dustin enlists Steve for help, and tells him to get the bat of nails from last season.
They attempt to kill Dart, but instead find his shed skin and a tunnel dug. Eleven goes to Terry’s house, where she is able to communicate with her powers. She gains Terry’s memories of Eleven being taken at birth and Terry’s attempts to rescue her before she was subjected to shock therapy.
Eleven finds there was another girl at the lab like her. Joyce, Bob, Will, and Mike are able to rescue Hopper, but lab personnel arrive and blaze the tunnels with flamethrowers. When the fire is set, Will collapses in agony.
Will is rushed to the lab where he displays memory loss, unable to remember Bob or Hopper. Owens speculates that the shadow monster is like a virus that has infected Will and that any damage to the tunnels might be lethal to him.
Nancy and Jonathan spend the night at Murray’s, where he prods them about their relationship. The two later have a romantic encounter. Dustin and Steve decide to lure Dart to the junkyard, and Dustin calls Lucas for help. Lucas brings Max, and the four ready the junkyard to trap Dart.
Max opens up to Lucas and explains Billy’s attitude is due to his father marrying Max’s mother. Dart appears at the junkyard with creatures identical to him, and the group learns that there are packs of them. The group hide in the bus and Steve later attacks them with the bat, but the creatures all run away suddenly; Steve speculates they are going somewhere.
At the lab, Will views pictures of the map taken by lab agents and points out a location that the shadow monster wants to avoid. Owens sends in a team to investigate, but the pack attacks the team and enters the lab. They realize that the monster has been manipulating Will.
Meanwhile, Eleven goes to Chicago in search of the girl in Terry‘s memories, who is revealed to be the psychic girl from the events in Pittsburgh, a woman named Kali. The two connect, where Kali shows Eleven her powers. She explains to Eleven that her gang is attempting to kill the lab scientists who worked under Brenner for what they did to her, and introduces Eleven to the group.
Kali tells Eleven to channel her anger, which strengthens her powers. The group goes to the home of a lab worker who performed shock therapy on Terry, who claims Brenner is alive. Eleven decides not to kill him after learning he has kids, and the gang is forced to flee. Eleven has a vision of Mike and Hopper in grave danger at the lab and leaves to return to Hawkins.
Back at the lab, the pack of Demodogs overwhelm the lab, killing many of the workers. Outside the gates, Nancy and Jonathan have arrived at the lab, and encounter Steve, Dustin, Lucas, and Max, who have followed the screams of the pack to the lab.
Mike is able to convince Joyce to sedate Will. Mike, Will, Hopper, Joyce, Bob, and Owens flee into the security room, where they are trapped. The power goes out, and Bob, knowing how to reset the power, volunteers to do so. Bob successfully activates the power, and Owens stays behind in the room to guide out the group.
Mike, Will, Hopper, and Joyce are able to escape to the lobby. Bob makes it to the lobby, but is caught and killed by the pack. The remaining four regroup with the others outside the gate and go to the Byers’ house. The group deduces that the shadow monster is a hive mind controlling Will and the pack, and if they kill it, its influence on those they control will end.
Mike, who previously deduced that the shadow monster is using Will like a spy, tells the group, who decide to remodel the tool shed so Will doesn’t know where he is so the shadow monster cannot spy. Will awakens, where Joyce, Jonathan, and Mike share their fondest memories of Will in an attempt to get him to snap out of it. Will doesn’t respond vocally, but taps out a message in Morse code, which reads “CLOSEGATE”.
However, the house phone rings, leading to the monster to identify their location. As the pack moves in, the group barricades themselves in the Byers’ house, armed, but the pack is surprisingly dispatched by Eleven, who has returned to Hawkins. Mike and Eleven get emotional to see each other alive after a year and embrace together.
The group briefly reunites with Eleven. When Eleven convinces Hopper that she can close the gate, Mike points out that it may also kill Will. Joyce remembers something Will said about the monster in the lab, “he likes it cold”, and decides to burn the monster out. Hopper and Eleven go to the lab to close the Gate.
Before leaving, Eleven promises Mike that he will not lose her again. Meanwhile, Joyce, Jonathan, and Nancy take Will to Hopper’s cabin. The group turns on the fire and heaters, and are finally able to purge the virus from Will after Nancy prods him with a hot iron. At the Byers’ house, Mike, concerned about Eleven, convinces the group to burn the tendrils at the tunnels to distract the demodogs from attacking Hopper and Eleven. But Steve rebuffs the plan and refuses.
Back at Billy’s house, his abusive father reprimands him for losing track of Max, and sends him to find her. His search takes him to the Wheeler’s house, where Mrs. Wheeler gives him Joyce’s address. He goes there, where after a tense confrontation with Steve, goes inside.
After seeing Max with Lucas still, Billy grabs Lucas, but Steve attacks Billy and they have a fist fight. Billy knocks Steve unconscious but continues to punch him. Max grabs the syringe Mike brought from the hospital, and injects Billy with it, and threatens him into obedience with the nail bat.
Max steals Billy’s keys. Steve awakens in Billy’s car, where Max drives the group to the tunnels. Steve and the kids enter, where they cover the heart of the tunnels in gas and ignite it.
Since the tunnel is ignited, the Demodogs become distracted and return to the tunnel, leaving the lab unguarded and so, Hopper and Eleven enters the gate without facing any of them. Meanwhile, the kids go to leave, but encounters Dart.
However Dustin is able to calm him down and the group escapes. When Eleven tries to close the Gate, the Mind Flayer senses her strength and sends the Demodogs to attack her. As Hopper defends Eleven from the swarming Demodogs, Eleven is able to channel her anger, and closes the Gate, killing the remaining monsters in the process.
A month later, the lab has been shut down by the government following the publication of Nancy’s tape. The Hollands hold a proper funeral for Barb. Owens meets with Hopper in a bar, where he gives Hopper a forged birth certificate listing him as the father of “Jane Hopper” (Eleven). Steve drives Dustin to the Snow Ball, the annual Hawkins Middle winter dance, where he meets with the party.
A slow dance starts and Will is asked to dance. Lucas asks Max to dance. Dustin asks multiple girls to dance but is rejected. Nancy, who is serving punch at the dance, sees Dustin alone and upset, and dances with him. Outside, Joyce talks with Hopper.
Eleven shows up, where she dances with Mike. Lucas and Max kiss, and Eleven and Mike kiss right after. The students enjoy themselves at the dance, unaware that the shadow monster is still alive, towering over the school in the Upside Down.
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