– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Growing up, I’d always been more of a film fan than TV fan. While TV was great for things like character-building and the occasional long-form story, film was my go-to place for a more satisfying tale. Somewhere along the line, that changed. Television has become more cinematic, but more than that, it’s found its own place as a true long-form storytelling medium.

This is most apparent with shows like Game of Thrones, Legion, and Stranger Things. The latter of these examples played out more like a full cohesive standalone story — almost more like a cross between a movie and a novel. Season 2 of Stranger Things will pick up where that first season left off, and while this is par for the course for a TV show, it sounds like the approach that the Duffer Brothers (who created the show) will be taking is distinctly more cinematic when it comes to Season 2.

Speaking with TheWrap, Matt Duffer made that very clear:

“We’re movie guys, and from the very beginning we thought of it as a sequel more than a television Season 2. That’s why it’s Stranger Things 2. It’s building off a lot of the ideas we established in Season 1, but it’s introducing new threats, new stakes and the idea is to resolve that more or less by the end of the season.”

Honestly, while I understand where Duffer is coming from here, this sounds very much par for the course for television these days. Moreso than films often do, shows often build off of what we’ve seen in previous seasons to create higher stakes. Television these days has blurred the lines between itself and film, and perhaps in that sense, that’s what he means.

So long as we get another solid eight hours of television, I think we’ll all be fine. At the very least, it doesn’t sound like they’re mistaking going bigger as better, and most of their focus seems to be on the story and characters rather than the severity of the stakes.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.