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7 Reasons Why You’ll Love "Stranger Things" Season 4

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Max running up that hill in "Stranger Things 4"

Max running up that hill in "Stranger Things 4"

7 Reasons to Love Stranger Things 4

The final episode of Stranger Things Season 3 gave fans a pretty satisfying ending. It was a blend of emotions, redemption, and a new start for some of our favorite characters. The finale envisioned a better future for Hawkins, or so we thought. With the release of Season 4, things have never been worse for the small distressed town.

I actually thought this series was set to fail after Season 3. I just couldn’t see how it could possibly get better. However, I was wrong. I was so wrong. Season 4 might be the best season of Stranger Things and here’s seven reasons why.

Max levitating in Season 4 of "Stranger Things"

Max levitating in Season 4 of "Stranger Things"

1. The Acting

Acting has never been a problem for Stranger Things. The main cast were so perfectly selected that they overcome a subpar performance here or there. Aside from 80’s nostalgia, Stranger Things owes a huge part of its success to its casting choices, particularly the kids.

Season 4 introduces new characters to the series and I’ll just go ahead and say that you’ll love Eddie Munson, who's portrayed by Joseph Quinn. Other great performances came from Sadie Sink (Max), David Harbour (Jim Hopper), Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Joe Keery (Steve Harrington), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair), Natalia Dyer (Nancy Wheeler) and last, but not least, Jamie Campbell Bower (Vecna).

Kate Bush, running up those pop charts 37 years later

Kate Bush, running up those pop charts 37 years later

2. The Music

From the beginning, Stranger Things has been committed to reinvigorating classic '80s gems. Season 4 is no different. In fact, for the week of June 18, 2022, Kate Bush's Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) is #4 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 thanks to Stranger Things. The song was released in 1985 from the album Hounds of Love, nearly four decades ago. To see it nearly top the charts 37 years later is such a huge achievement.

The Duffer Brothers helped fans to rediscover this incredible song in one of the best scenes in Stranger Things. Kate Bush was equally excited about the news and expressed her love for the fans and the series through a statement on her website.

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3. The Visual Effects

When you think about mind-blowing visual effects, what TV series comes to mind? Game of Thrones? Westworld? Lost in Space? Well, you might want to add Stranger Things to that list because Season 4 produces some of the best visual effects we’ve seen in television.

Imagery will always be a valuable instrument in film. Stranger Things uses this tool to its full potential when rendering its environment and characters. Each rendered scene sets the intended mood, some terrifying, yet absolutely beautiful.

Vecna was loosely based on the Dungeons & Dragons villain of the same name.

Vecna was loosely based on the Dungeons & Dragons villain of the same name.

4. The Villain

The main villain in Stranger Things Season 4 is called Vecna and he's as frightening as he is vicious. Right from the beginning, he instills curiosity and keeps us wanting more. Vecna stalks his victims like a hawk does a lizard, then strikes at their most vulnerable moment. The way he kills his victims is beyond horrific and he shows absolutely no hints of remorse. For me, a real villain has to be powerful, determined and evil. Vecna fits this description perfectly. Every time he shows up you feel like the victim stands no chance.


5. The New Surroundings

In the final episode of Stranger Things Season 3, the group was split with Joyce, Will, Jonathan, and Eleven moving to California. Hopper also seemed to die in an effort to ensure that the upside-down gate was sealed. Season 4 takes us away from Hawkins and allows us to watch Eleven trying to cope in a new environment without her powers.


6. The Run-Time

Episodes 1-6 from Season 4 average approximately 1 hour and 13 minutes. Episode 7 is where the episodes begin to stretch out as we head toward the conclusion. That episode is 1 hour and 38 minutes. This might seem long, but if you’re an ardent fan of the series, then I can assure you that the remaining episodes fly by. The build-up can feel slow, but Stranger Things has an ability to keep fans watching through the mystery.

7. Big Budget Special Effects

According to Wall Street Journal, Netflix spent $30 million per episode for Season 4 Not only is the difference noticeable in special effects, but also in the storytelling. You’ll definitely experience the big budget feel to the show. Vecna’s design seems quite real and perfectly blends with the surroundings making him all the more intimidating. Also, the upside down scenes are out of this world.


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