For some reason, following up a great film with another great film seems to be a much taller order than a season of TV. Perhaps it has to do with the structural differences of the two mediums (with films usually closing more definitively), but oftentimes with television, many would argue that it takes at least a few seasons for the show to find its footing and peak. With film, it’s more like catching lightning in a bottle, and the road is littered with less successful sequels to highly successful originals.
And yet with Stranger Things Season 2, the Duffer Brothers, who created the show, are much more keen on seeing the season of TV as a second film, rather than a second season.
For fans of film, it’s an exciting thing to hear, but understandably, the folks over at Netflix didn’t care for that mindset at first.
“When we started describing it as a sequel, Netflix was like, ‘Don’t do that, because sequels are known to be bad,’ ” Matt Duffer told EW. “I was like, ‘Yes, but what about T2 and Aliens and Toy Story 2 and Godfather II?’ ”
I can see why Netflix had that nervous gut reaction there. While we very much appreciate the Duffers and their mindset behind making this season, a lot of movie sequels are kind of just more of what people liked amplified. In contrast, a lot of TV seasons tend to spread out in more unique directions, focusing more on character than just plot machinations and the escalation of stakes.
But regardless of the potential pitfalls, they’re doubling down on this appraoch.
“Everything the way Netflix is approaching the marketing, the publicity, the licensing, the merchandising, those are all closer to a feature film tentpole franchise model than a second season of a television series,” director and executive producer Shawn Levy said “It’s definitely daunting. The love for this show is so rabid.”
Finally, Matt Duffer made his declaration clear on how high they’re shooting for this season:
“We want people to argue about what season is better. I want the debate. I want the Toy Story debate!”
We very much want to start having that debate as well. We’re exactly a month away from the series’ release, and we can’t wait to see how it turns out!
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