Netlfix released a new poster for the second season of Stranger Things. Or, as they call it here, Stranger Things 2.
Between the bikes, the demagorgon-like creature and moody storm approaching, I really feel like I’m back in the mid 1980s. The storm itself recalls posters for A Nightmare on Elm Street, Creepshow and — oddly enough — the Tales of the Darkside movie. I think a Fright Night poster makes use of a similar composition with a monster in the clouds. But the presence of that particular monster in those clouds suggests whatever the boys tapped into last time isn’t done with them.
The streaming service also released a plot synopsis (via The Playlist) which adds a couple of interesting wrinkles to the story:
1953, date unknown – MKUltra comes to Hawkins and begins experimentation
1979 – Police Chief Jim Hopper returns to Hawkins
1983, November 6 – The vanishing of Will Byers
1983, November 8 – The vanishing of Barbara Holland
2016, July 15 – Part 1
2017, October 27 – Part 2
It’s 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the demagorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.
MKUltra, you say? The government-sponsored CIA mind control program dedicated to creating a perfect truth drug or a Manchurian Candiate style sleeper agent? The same MKUltra conspiracy theorists claim induced Mark David Chapman to murder John Lennon? That MKUltra? It’s been a long time since any film or television project took on that piece of American history beyond a passing reference, but it makes sense for Stranger Things to go there as it has its own shadowy government agents. One in particular, Dr. Martin Brenner, was part of the program and even claimed Eleven was born to a test subject.
Meanwhile, I couldn’t help but notice the mention of Barb. We’re still look for justice on that front.
But it’s just that mixture of nostalgia and mystery that made the first season of Stranger Things so compelling. Well, that and the way it subverted some of the genre expectations; like Steve’s redemption. I can hardly wait to see what the second season has in store for us when Netflix unveils it on October 27th.