Review: Stranger Things 4

I watched Stranger Things Season 4 volumes 1 and 2. If you haven’t watched the series, then you are sleeping on what I believe is the best storytelling on Netflix. This season provides the origin of the “Upside Down” and its connection to the town of Hawkins. Before there was Eleven, there was One.

We continue this journey in Hawkins, Indiana, Los Angeles, California, and in a Russian maximum security prison. This season connects everything back to the beginning and tells a great story of how it all began and why the town of Hawkins is doomed.

Each of the main character’s journeys forced a significant change within themselves and each other. Everyone’s Vedemons become relatable to the audience. Vecna’s backstory is powerful and explains why he is the villain in this series.

It takes everyone in three locations to stop Vecna, which comes with a cost. The ending is another cliff-hanger and sets up season five, the series finale. I imagine epic turning points and a lot of tears.

Review: Lovecraft Country (HBO)

I watched episode one of the HBO series “Lovecraft Country,” the story adaptation from the novel by Matt Ruff. It takes place in the 1950s, and the main character is Atticus Freeman, who goes on a quest to find his missing father. Atticus, along with his uncle George Freeman and childhood friend Letitia (Leti) Lewis goes on a trip to Ardham (Arkham), Massachusetts. The team deals with racism by day and monsters at night.

While this is just one episode, I was captivated by the characters and the dark secrets they seem to hold. H.P. Lovecraft’s influence inside and outside shapes the narrative. The exploration of places unseen along dangerous routes. The problems of that era are recognizable today. Monsters are everywhere; some are more obvious than others.

“Ex-Confederate? What’s that, like an ex-Nazi? The man fought for slavery! You don’t get to put an ‘ex-‘ in front of that!”

Matt Ruff, Lovecraft Country

I enjoyed the episode, and I am looking forward to watching the series’ progression.