Stranger Things Season 2, American tv series (2017)

It is saturday morning, the 28th of October. I’m going through my checklist. Have I locked the door? Have I turned off my phone? Did I stock up on foodsupplies? Did I make sure that I have cancelled all my appointments for the day? I feel the fear swiftly take a hold of me. I did do all these things right? Calmly I exhale…yes, I have checked everything multiple times now. A grim smile crosses my face: I am ready. Quietly I walk towards the remote of my television set. With my heart pounding like thunder, I press the play button and see the Netflix logo appearing. I sit back, grab my cup of hot coffee and whoop with joy. Yes people season 2 of Stranger Things is finally here. I imagine the scene I just described has been playing across multiple homes across the globe this weekend. Albeit probably a bit less dramatic. So, in case you have yet to discover this tv series, I’ve got you covered. Last year I did a review for the first season, which you can find right here.

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Who are you gonna call? (Oh come on, what else did you expect me to say about a picture like this?)

What’s that? Can’t I just give a quick description? Sure. Stranger Things is pretty much a loveletter to everything that made the 80’s so awesome. The series is set in the 80’s and focusses on a group of friends that end up in the middle of a mystery that is out of this world. You will find references to all your favorite movies from that era, like the Goonies, E.T., Aliens, the Thing and a whole bunch more. To say that I am in love with this series is an understatement. So you are warned that this review for the second season is going to be me gushing pretty much over how awesome this show really is. But I will be doing that spoilerfree, and sure I will try and be as objective as I can. With a series that had such a strong opening season, there is always a lot of pressure. Will it be as good? Aren’t they going to ruin everything what you loved so much about the series in the first place? Well….they didn’t. In fact, at some points it was even better. Now of course I will get to that soon, but let’s first get to the story of the second season.

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Yes, that really is quite a disturbing sight.

Season 2 takes place a year after the events of the first season. Will Byers is safely back, and tries to pick up his life as best he can after the trauma he suffered. Supported by his group of friends, they get back into the things they love doing. However, soon Will is beginning to experience terrifying visions of the Upside Down. It seems that the supernatural forces are still out there, and are trying to get back into the world, with the intent of destroying it and humanity. But is Will just having after effects of his earlier experiences or is there something more sinister going on? In the meantime Sheriff Hopper is having problems of his own. He is trying to keep something a secret in order to protect the ones he loves the most. But in doing so, he might just be making things even worse. It is not long before all hell is going to break  loose and a terrifying presence from beyond is going to make itself known. Once again it will be up to Mike and the rest of his band of misfits to save the world. But this time, the stakes are much, much higher, and the question becomes if they are going to be up to this task…..

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Who says girls can’t play videogames is just very stupid.

The first thing you will notice when you are starting with the second season is that the pace has been changed. Events are moving at a much slower rate, and we are spending more time getting into the minds of the characters, instead of going into all out action mode. I did not think this was a bad thing though, but I can understand how some viewers might also consider some of it a bit too slow for their tastes. The strength of this show however is the characters. Whoever did the casting for this series should definitely get a raise. I am in awe of the acting abilities of some of these kids. We have to consider the fact that these are relatively young children, but from the way they are acting you would say they had been doing it for years. But next to the regulars we also get a bunch of new additions to the cast. This is always risky, as with a cast as awesome as this, you really wonder if any new ones don’t throw a wrench into the well oiled machine.

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There is going to be a season 3? Really?

But here there are also no problems, as they all work out incredibly well. My favorite had got to be tomboy Max who adds some much needed girlpower to the group. She is a feisty and spirited girl that you will fall in love with right from the start. Her stephbrother though is a whole other matter. A truly loathsome guy, who thinks he is God’s greatest gift to women, he is a seriously annoying presence, but in a very good way. It’s always terrific when you get a character that you truly hate, but also want to see more of because he is played so well. We also get a new love interest for Winona Ryder’s character namely the good guy Bob Newby. Played by Sean Astin, who once played in the Goonies, this is just one of those characters that basically can’t do anything wrong. Finally Paul Reiser portrays a new scientist called dr. Owens that works at the lab that started the whole mess. At the beginning it is pretty unclear just  what his motives are, and whether or not his intentions are evil or not. I always enjoy shady characters like that, and it’s nice to figure stuff like that out.

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Why did you not tell me there would be a third season sooner?

As you might have noticed I have kept things about the plot relatively in the dark. That’s because I really don’t want to spoil things for anyone that still has to see this. Don’t worry about the fact that things start off slow though. The pace will pick up soon enough, and there is still plenty of action. As mentioned above I thought this season at some points was even better. I loved finding out more about all the characters, and the special effects for all of these episodes were also a step up from the ones seen in Season 1. Clearly they just had a much bigger budget, and could therefore spent a lot more money. Overall though, one has to be honest and say that everything in this season was simply playing it very safe. There were no real surprises and they just made sure that the viewers got everything they loved about the first season and then some. Not that this was a bad thing though, but one has to wonder what they are going to be doing for season 3.

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Let’s have a little light in the darkness. 

Season 3 you say? Yes. Stranger Things will reportedly get at least three more seasons , with the next one already heading into the production phase. And I love it! Yes, the series has to be careful to not play it too safe, and hopefully will also try and bring a bit more surprises into the existing storyline next season. That being said, the mythology of this show along with the wonderful cast of characters, is something that I don’t mind spending more time with. This series is awesome, and simply the best series on Netflix at this moment. It’s one those shows that makes you sad when the credits start to roll on the final episode. Stranger Things season 2 is a terrific watch, and if you were already a fan, you will even be more of a fan after this one. The lack of surprises made me not give this season a 10/10 score like last year, but it was another amazing ride and one that I did not regret for even a single second. Well…time to unlock the door and plug in the phone again. Let’s get back to the real world.

I give season 2 of Stranger Things a 9 out of 10 score.

 

 

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62 thoughts on “Stranger Things Season 2, American tv series (2017)”

  1. I made it to episode 5 today and will have to watch the next four over the next week if I have the time or will binge them next week end. Must admit the first three episodes had me worried because I found it just a little too much on the slow side. Fortunately from about the last ten minutes of episode 3 on, I’ve been pretty much hooked. If I didn’t have to work tomorrow I’d be finishing off the series tonight.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and hopefully I’ll finish it and be able to review soonish.

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    1. Haha, I was having the same fears. There was this nagging thought in my mind that if the series continued the way it was going, it would become a major disappointment. I don;t mind slow at all, but not during every episode. Put your mind at ease though, there is enough action coming up, and there are some brilliant episodes that you have yet to see. Hopefully you will continue to enjoy it, and of course looking forward to your review for it as well 😀

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      1. After one seaso, they immediately shoot the next one, that’s what I hear. At least the second season starts one year after the event, so it won’t surprise us if they look one year older. I watched El in an interview 2 mos. ago…… she does look older and taller now.

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      2. Im on Episode 4.

        For some reason, I’m not liking where the story is going. I ‘m afraid I have invested too much on the major characters.

        El is throwing temper tantrums ( justified though….. ) and getting jealous…..I’m a bit apprehensive about her character development.

        And there are some ” unsmart ” moves by the 4 friends, especially that kid who is now making a human eating monster his pet.

        And Sean Astin’s well – meaning advice to Will to confront the monster aka shadow has made it worse for Will.

        I like the first season better up to this point. ( I’m on Episode 4 )

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      3. Well…stick with it, I would say 😊 There are some great things coming up, and it will all come together in a very satisfying way (at least I thought so). I agree though, that’s why I also rated it lower than the original season. The first season was very original and had some great twists, this season just doesn’t have too many suprises. Still…there are enough cool things in it to enjoy. There are some really cool episodes still heading your way: don’t worry 😀
        As for Bob’s advice to Will…erm, yup that wasn’t the smartest move lol 😂😂

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      4. And now El is with punks, and shes dressed for the part, as well.

        Mike’s sister cheats on her BF…… and I happen to like her BF, Steve…. he’s actually a good guy who sincerely loves her. Jonathan is a good guy, too, but he should just get his own love, not someone else’s.

        And suddenly there’s a ” bad ” sister who has now made El’s life even more complicated. I feel the introduction of this character is pointless….

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      5. Haha: Hmm….no I don’t think it’s pointless. She will get a part to play in the events to come: Not this season: but for the upcoming ones for sure.
        And yes Steve really is a good guy and I felt sorry for him. I always hate it when things like that happen to good people, but I guess it was unavoidable. Still makes me a bit mad though. But let’s see…that means you are at episode 7 now. Only two more to go 😉

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      6. Currently watching, and typing this reply.

        I don’t want the ” sister ” to appear again. She’s bad news. Good thing El is able to get away from her bad influence.

        Looks like the doctor at the Lab is a good guy. Well, at least at this point.

        Nancy and Jonathan are doing stuff that maybe not the best move at this point in the story.

        It’s pretty obvious they’re make sure they can stretch out the story to 3rd season.

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      7. Lol: well…there are actually going to be three more seasons: so they are going to stretch it out even more 😂😂
        I don’t know: I have a feeling the bad sister is going to be playing an important part in the future: some people sometimes can be redeemed 😉
        I like the doctor at the lab: he is one of those characters that you don’t quite know what to make of at times.
        Yup: definitely not a good move on Nancy amd Jonathans part. Oh well…guess we have to wait and see how this is going to develop 😉

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      8. Oh, goodness. I FREAKIN’ KNEW IT ! Goshdarnit . Sean Astin…. why ? ? ? I wondered why the Chief and Wynoa Ryder didn’t hook up. I guess they end up together . Poor Bob….. he was a good man.

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      9. Haha…yeah that one I pretty much knew as well. Still a sad moment though: really liked his character a lot. Oh: it would not surprise if in later seasons the Chief and her would end up together 😉

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  2. My Friday ritual was less intense than yours, but otherwise basically the same. I watched the lot and with my imminent new blog structure am going to review it. I have similar opinions to you, though you have been more forgiving than I am. I still thoroughly enjoyed this season, and the pacing wasn’t a huge issue though it was noticeable. However there were other elements that could have been better. That being said, there was one easter egg (I presume) that I loved, which I think you may have missed, but I am going to leave that as a surprise to make you read my review! I would have given 7 out of 10, which is still an A in my book. Because despite my criticisms, the show was still awesome.

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    1. Haha, yeah I always like to be very dramatic with my rituals lol 😂😂 Looking forward to your review though, and am of course curious about the things you found to be less forgiving. Hmm…an easter egg that I might have missed. Of course you realise that this will have me wracking my brain for that now huh😊 I usually tend to be a bit more forgiving with shows that I really, really love like this one, so that’s why I am always interested in other opinions on it as well 😊 (That said I am always interested in other opinions). Can’t wait to see your post for this one 😀

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      1. Ok. This won’t help but you can find the Easter egg in your own post as you wrote about it but didn’t make any comment…maybe you did spot and are being spoiler free. Maybe it was well buried…

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    1. Oh no 😢 I am so sorry to read this. I hope you are feeling a bit better now. A friend of mine has also sometimes very severe migraines, so I know how annoying and painful they can be. Please take good care, and I really hope you will recover soon.
      As for Stranger Things: it really is awesome. Don’t be put off by the slow start, it only helps build the characters and it picks up the pace soon enough: you will love it: enjoy it 😀

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    1. Oh well, it’s great that she recommended this one: you will absolutely love this show. It’s truly amazing, with a terrific storyline, but it’s the characters that you will love the most. Hope you will get a chance to see this one soon 😀

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  3. I’ve just started on Episode 1. Now I’m excited to binge on! How I’ve missed this series. Gushing over it is completely understandable. It is just so much fun, and the cast is of course phenomenal. It’s rare to see new filmmakers who know the sci-fi/horror genre so well too. Fantastic write up, as always! 😊

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    1. Thank you very much! It is a truly terrific series. I am so glad that we are going to get more seasons. If the quality for this one remains at the same level it is now, we are in for a treat. I hope you will keep enjoying it! Have fun 😀

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    1. Haha, well…don’t settle in too much. The slow pace quickly picks up around episode 4, so beware 😀😀 Seriously though, this series is incredible. It really has become one of my alltime favorite series, just narrowly being held back from the number one spot by the Walking Dead. Hope you will continue to enjoy the rest of the episodes: you are definitely in for a treat! 😀

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  4. haha I totally have done this with tv series before (namely game of thrones) I haven’t actually watched the first season yet, cos I am so bad at watching new things, but this sounds seriously amazing- and I love that it’s still good in the second season, even if there’s not as many surprises. Awesome review!

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    1. It’s an absolutely amazing tv series and ine of my alltime favorites now. The number 1 spot is still being held by the Walking Dead, but this one is almost as good. Hope you find some time to watch it. It’s truly amazing, and of course thank you for the kind words 😊

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    1. It really is a series that I highly recommend. For me it’s my nr2 favorite tv series to date (the walking Dead is my nr1.). But this really is an awesome show. Hope you will enjoy it as much as I did, when you get a chance to see it 😀

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  5. I watched it twice already. I love the season although felt the pacing was kind of choppy in certain parts.

    Eleven kicks butt in this one and I loved the eighth episode where everything goes pure chaos.

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    1. I am going to watch it a second time as well, about half way in november. I will be hosting a bsck to the 80’s party for my folks, where I will be showing some cool 80’s flicks such as The Karate Kid, the Goonies etc, and of course the second season of this 😀 Totally agree, the pacing could have been handled a bot better, but overall it was a very good season. The eight episode was terrific… I really liked the way they handled the scene with Eleven at the end of the episode: goosebump inducing stuff 😀

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  6. Great review! I’m only 2 eps in at the moment. And I had the same thoughts as you and many others that they definitely seemed to be going a slower route in the beginning. That’s not necessarily bad though. I mentioned when they announced season 2 that really making solid characters would be a must since it will be difficult to outdo a first season like that. So far they’ve done well at connecting us back to the characters and the world as a whole. Of course, I am hoping for some excitement soon (and it sounds like there will be). I’m ready!

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    1. Thank you 😀 Yeah, it actually did have me a bit worried. I did like the slow pace in the beginning, but at the end of episode 2, I was beginning to worry thst this would continue for the entire season. Let me put your fears at rest: it won’t 😉 There is plenty of excitement and action heading your way. A really terrific season this was: not going to spoil anything of course, but episode 8…that’s all I’m saying 😉 Have fun, and I hope you will continue to enjoy it 😊😊

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  7. Watched it over 3 nights. I enjoyed it, and didn’t mind the pacing. Totally agree about the child actors. They really are terrific. Kids can make or break things, and seeing such quality actors really makes other movies seem lazy, having cast kids who just aren’t up to the task.

    I liked the addition of Sean Astin, he’s the total embodiment of the 80s vibe. I knew his fate right from the start though. I was less sure about Paul Reiser, or I should say, less sure that his character would turn out to be ‘good.’

    I was a little disappointed that El and the boys didn’t get to interact very much this season. I did, however, really love the relationship between her and Hopper. That was very sweet, and although I suspect some people might have found the cleaning up the cabin montage to be part of that “too slow” first episodes, I thought it was a great touch.

    I thought our intro to #008 was pretty cool and like you, I suspect she will be visiting again. And who else, I wonder??? I’m not sure why Max’s stepbrother was really introduced though; he didn’t seem to add anything.

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    1. Yeah, that is so true. Some films that I have seen feature kids that are truly cringeworthy, and sometimes even ruin a movie. Can’t really blame the children, because well…they are kids after all. But casting can really be a very important thing. Here though it was executed brilliantly, and it’s part of the fun of this series.

      I didn’t mind the pacing either. If the show would have stayed at the same pace as the first two episodes, it might have become a different matter, but luckily it didn’t.

      Yeah…I figured out Sean Astin’s fate pretty early myself, but he was such a great addition though. It of course has to do a bit with the Goonies, but still he was a welcome addition to the show. Someone said Paul Reiser’s role was a bit like reprising Burke from Aliens, only this time he got redeemed. I thought that was a brilliant remark 😊

      I had a little bit of regret about that as well. I really wished she did have more time with the boys too. On the other hand the scene were she made her appearance known for the first time again, really worked out so well. And I think it is in part because you had to wait for it so long. I agree with the cabin montage too. It really worked for me, and I thought it was awesome.

      Hmm..I have been wracking my brains for that a bit, but I think Max’s character became a better character because of him. It also shows that at one point you have to stand up and face your demons. And she did that and became stronger because of it. That would not have worked without him. And who knows? Maybe in the next season he becomes a really important player. One never knows 😊

      Thanks for this great comment: glad you enjoyed the series so much as well 😊

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      1. You’re right, I guess season 3 could reveal his importance…they’ve certainly set him up like he’s someone we should pay attention to!

        [my friend had an old lady moment…in the scene when he’s getting ready to go out, she felt he was really channeling a young Rob Lowe, and felt a little dirty for it]

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      2. Haha. Yeah, I guess he could be considered as a young Rob Lowe from a certain point of view. It will be interesting to see what his role will be in season 3. One thing I have learned from this series it’s that the characters are one of it’s biggest strengths 😊

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    2. They are, which is why I hope season 3 treats its females a little better. The show really suffers from a one-girl policy; last season the group of boys reluctantly admitted Eleven to their midst. This season, missing her, we get a replacement, but that’s exactly how she’s viewed: as the placeholder for the one girl slot, not as a possible lifelong friend. This puts her into a forced rivalry with Eleven, and why? Because they each feel that there can only be one girl in the group. It’s pretty classic bullshit. That’s the one thing I didn’t like about how they ended things at the dance. We’d already seen El knock Max off her skateboard for very little reason, and at the dance she refuses to even acknowledge her. Obviously there is no reason to hate her.
      The older females don’t fare much better – after we lose Barb, neither Joyce nor Nancy is ever seen with a female friend. They’re only seen with men. It’s like female friendship is some elusive thing. I hope to see Eleven and Max get close in the third season, because, you know, we’re capable of friendship too! And I’m pretty sure the group won’t implode from having TWO girls.

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      1. You make a valid point. There certainly should be more girlpower added to the series. Max was one of my favorite characters this season. I thought she was a truly terrific addition to the cast. As for Eleven…I don’t think it’s necessarily so that she minds having another girl in the group: it’s more that she was jealous for the fact that she was trying to establish a connection to Mike, the boy she loves. From her point view, at that moment, it looked like she was flirting with him. And that’s why she knocked her off her skateboard. I have the feeling though, that in season 3…they are going to become best friends. I hope there will be even some more girls added to the mix: I wouldn’t be surprised if Dustin gets a girl next season as well 😀

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    1. Haha, I bingewatched the second season this weekend, and it was an absolute joy. Loved it from start to finish. If you liked season 1, you will like season 2. Hope you will enjoy it, when you will start the watch 😀

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  8. I haven’t watched it yet… Awesome review!!! I was really worried, especially after reading the first paragraph. Thanks for avoiding the plot and the spoilers. It is interesting that the pace is slower (not so many big movies / shows do it now) and I am looking forward to it…

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    1. Thanks so much for the kind words, appreciate it. I was worried myself. As much as I enjoyed the first two episodes, I was beginning to hope the pace would not stay the same for the rest of the season: and it didn’t. It was another terrific season, a little bit less impressive than the first, but it’s almost on the same level. Hope you will enjoy it, and of course looking forward to your thoughts on it 😀

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  9. Winona Ryder? That’s a name I haven’t heard in a while. I don’t have Netflix at the moment but if I ever resubscribe I’ll check this out, as I am a sucker for eighties nostalgia. For now the best I can manage is the Stranger Things video, which is free on iTunes. It has a SNES look to it.

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    1. Oh man….Seriousky, if there is one series that’s worth a subscription to Netflix: It is this one. Eighteen nostalgia is the best: I am a huge 80’s fan, so much so that halfway around november, I will be hosting an 80’s party for my folks. Amongst classic 80’s film, I will also be rewatching this series. The game is actually pretty fun: it really does have an SNES look to it, which is awesome 😀

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  10. I finally got all caught up on Stranger Things this week! I liked how the show kept me guessing, but was a little disappointed by some of the newer characters Eleven met (trying to avoid spoilers lol). I guess they thought they’d play a bigger role than they did. Was this possibly just a segue to season three?

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    1. I definitely think that quite a few characters that were introduced this season, will be playing a much bigger role in season 3. This is just a guess of course, but I do think this is the case. It was a great season and I for one can’t wait for next year 😀

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  11. I’ve no idea what they’ve got planned for season 3 but I’m ready for it haha 😄 I think I liked the first season better overall but then again in the first season everything and everyone was new. I do think they did a really good job with following it up with season 2 though and it made me an even bigger fan of the show so I’m really excited to see what lays ahead for season 3! Great post!

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    1. Thanks again 😀 I’m with you, the first season was just slightly better, but that’s because season 2 had just a little bit less suprises than the first. But that said, I still enjoyed it immensely and like you I can’t wait to see what season 3 is going to be bringing. Hopefully more awesomeness. Thank you again for your comment 😀😀

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