Stranger Things Season 4 Part 1 Review, Horror is The Duffer Brothers Superpowers, To Create The Most Thrilling Season

Since we first met Millie Bobby Brown's Eleven in 2016, Stranger Things has gone a long way

Stranger Things is one Netflix programme that has managed to increase the number of streaming hours for the platforms with each season. After debuting in 2016, the series is now in its fourth season, and it continues to raise the bar with each new episode. After a lengthy wait since Season 3's release in 2019, the first volume of the fourth season arrives with seven episodes filled with plenty of action and drama.

Ross and Matt Duffer, the show's creators, deliver big when it comes to setting up a season that might be considered one of the series' most important since it deals with several strands that bring fans closer to the answers they've been looking for since the programme began.

Since we first met Millie Bobby Brown's Eleven in 2016, Stranger Things has gone a long way. Brown has grown as an actress as well as a character throughout the course of the four seasons. The show's writers ultimately reveal Eleven's backstory in the fourth season, something that has been on everyone's mind from the first time we saw her, and it's undoubtedly the season's most fascinating narrative. The new season has a lot of ambition, with seven episodes lasting up to an hour or even more, and it succeeds on most instances in its endeavour to achieve storytelling brilliance.

In Season 4, the Hawkins gang is dispersed over several areas. The season begins in 1986 with Joyce (Winona Ryder) and her family, Jonathan (Charlie Heaton), Will (Noah Schnapp), and recently adopted Eleven, moving to California. Will and Eleven are struggling to fit into their new school, which has a Mean Girls air to it. Mike (Finn Wolfhard) and Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) return to Hawkins to join their high school's Dungeons & Dragons group, which is led by Eddie (Joseph Quinn), who is a welcome addition to the group.

Meanwhile, Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) appears to be attempting to shed his freaks and geeks reputation in high school by making the most of his benchwarmer status on the basketball team. Max (Sadie Sink) is grappling with the aftermath of her brother Billy's (Dacre Montgomery) gruesome death, while Hopper (David Harbour), who is assumed dead by Hawkins inhabitants, is being held captive in a Russian jail.

Given the fact that each episode in the fourth season is an hour long, each one serves as a key to comprehending what lies ahead for each of the characters, and the elaboration for the same never becomes tedious. While Eleven's plotline is undeniably the most important, Max is also a show-stealer this season. Especially the show's fourth episode, which has some of the season's scariest scenes as well as Sadie Sink's outstanding performance.

Unfortunately, Hopper doesn't appear to get the finest treatment when it comes to the season's weaker moments. The Russian plot of his character jams action into the episodes, yet it's these times that are the worst. Following the emotional rollercoaster we experienced following the character's sacrifice at the conclusion of Season 3, the re-introduction of Hopper in Season 4 seems like it's a whole different show. There's also a mid-season realisation that, despite its disjointed plot, the fourth season is at its finest when it focuses on Hawkins.

In terms of acting/performance, the show's cast once again demonstrates why they are the perfect fit for their roles. With Eleven's background becoming a part of the tale, Millie Bobby Brown's Eleven has more to explore this season, and it's clear how excited the actress is to add additional layers to her portrayal with it. Finn Wolfhard and Gaten Matarazzo, as well as Noah Schnapp, who excels at his character's discomfort in California, continue to give their all to the programme. This season, Sadie Sink is at her best with Max. Winona Ryder and David Harbour are particularly outstanding throughout.

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