Stranger Things 2: 1984 Was The Year It All Went Upside Down

Stranger Things 2 — not "Season 2", just "2", as the Duffer Brothers think of it as a sequel — is only 22 days away, and the newest teaser trailer focuses on the year 1984. It's a conspiracy theory clip that starts with the disappearance/death of Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) and his subsequent return. From there, they break out all of the weird/pop culture events of the year 1984 and tie them all into a great conspiracy, claiming it as the year everything was turned upside down. I was 14 at the time, it didn't seem like too weird of a year to me — but maybe I just didn't see the big picture.

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The pull together things like the Russian boycott of the Los Angeles Olympics, the introduction of "New Coke", Reagan's plan for arming satellites, the giant spots, Frankie Goes to Hollywood's song 'Relax' and the movies Gremlins, Ghostbusters, Splash and Terminator — all within a year of what happened in Hawkins, Indiana. They don't go as far as having the wall of photos with red string connecting the pieces… but it's a pretty good conspiracy piece and sets the tone for the series return pretty well. It also teases the giant evil creature that we should be seeing by the series end.

Wow… New Coke… what were they thinking?

Stranger Things 2 will be released on October 27th on Netflix.

About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.