Stranger Things creators The Duffer Brothers want fans to adjust their TVs when watching season 2. While Netflix is positively bursting with acclaimed original series at this point, one of the biggest to date has to be Stranger Things. A loving homage to the pop culture of the 1980s – specifically the works of Stephen King and Steven Spielberg – Stranger Things debuted on the service fairly quietly last summer, only to blow up via word of mouth, turning into a true cultural phenomenon.
Coming off that level of epic success, there are few TV premieres remaining in 2017 that can even come close to the level of hype and fan anticipation that surrounds the October debut of Stranger Things season 2. Every featured inhabitant of Hawkins, Indiana is set to return for more adventures in the paranormal – well, other than Barb, for obvious reasons – and the Duffers are once again at the creative helm. Couple those facts with the amazing trailer, and there seems to be no reason to expect season 2 not to live up to season 1.
That said, before fans sit down in front of their TVs to binge season 2’s 9-episode run just before Halloween, the Duffer Brothers themselves have a request that they hope will be honored. In a recent interview with Vulture, Matt and Ross shared a setting on many HD TV sets that bothers them to no end, and one which they wish no one would utilize. Their request for fans is simple: prior to taking in season 2, turn this setting off. Here’s their full quote:
Matt: “The key thing is to turn off anything that says ‘motion. ‘TruMotion.’ ‘Smooth motion.’ When I go to my friends’ places back home, I’m constantly fixing their TVs. Us and everyone in Hollywood puts so much time and effort and money into getting things to look just right. And when you see it in someone’s home, it looks like it was shot on an iPhone.”
Ross: ““It’s shocking!We were just at Comic-Con, and we walk on the main floor and the settings on every single TV is wrong. I was like, ‘Didn’t a bunch of nerds put this together? What is wrong with them?’”
While the motion-smoothing settings the Duffers refer to above were intended to help reduce motion blur on HD TVs, they also lead to what has been popularly dubbed “the soap-opera effect.” This causes anything shot on film – such as Stranger Things – to look like they were shot on video, as most soaps, game shows, sitcoms, and the like usually are. Not everyone even notices the difference, but those who do – especially cinema purists – tend to really get annoyed by it.
Whether one adjust their TV or not, they will presumably still be allowed to watch and enjoy Stranger Things season 2, since the Duffer Brothers likely don’t have the time or resources to personally make sure every fan has taken their advice. If they could though, it sounds like they would. Were Eleven real, perhaps she could accomplish such a task with her psychic powers.
Stranger Things season 2 premieres October 27 on Netflix.
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