Strangers Things may not only be one of the best shows of last year, it may end up being considered one of the greatest that Netflix have ever debuted. As the streaming service continues to be the place to turn for the best original television content, the '80s-homaging horror show will be a core part of that. The moment most of the world had finished binging the first season, they were ready for more. Sadly, we're still many months away from the premiere of season 2. Still, the Stranger Things Super Bowl trailer gave us our first look at the madness and monsters we can expect come Halloween.
Meanwhile, as the premiere approaches, we're getting more and more info regarding the coming season. We know '80s star Paul Reiser will be joining the show in a role so mysterious, even he's not sure whether he's good or evil. We've also seen some photos teasing the new characters and locations. We've also learned that the villainous Dr. Brenner will be returning, which will likely play into the backstory of Eleven that we were promised. Of course, another key part of Stranger Things' popularity was the exquisite music. Composed by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, better known as the band S U R V I V E, they were an integral part of crafting the show's unique mood. And lucky for us, they'll be returning as well.
Ars Technica sat down with Stein and Dixon for a lengthy chat on the making of the music and the processes they used to create the show's soundtrack. It's well worth a read, but Stein's comments on the music for the Upside Down were especially interesting.
“The Upside Down is weird and experimental, and we approached it with something like the Alien soundtrack, but this music focused on the monster."
Saying the Upside Down is weird is certainly an understatement. Even after the full first season, a number of mysteries remain about the alternate world. Judging from the cliffhanger that ended the first season, it's been clear for awhile that we aren't done with the location. Dixon finished the interview by assuring fans that the Upside Down will play a much larger role this season, and its many mysteries will be explored.
"There are new characters, fun, and the Upside Down will be more of a place — you'll spend more time [there]. So we'll make a lot more weird music this time around."
Along with the returning composers and new cast members, we also recently learned the directors who will be tackling the new season. The most surprising of which was the man behind Finding Dory. It's anyone's guess how his experience will translate, but if the Duffer Brothers - the show's creators and co-directors - have faith in him, he's likely bringing something special. The Duffers themselves aren't calling it quits anytime soon either. They've planned beyond season 2, and something tells us they'll get the chance to execute those ideas.
Of course, with the show becoming such a hit, its stars are increasingly in demand. Millie Bobby Brown was recently on the set of Avengers: Infinity War. Nothing's guaranteed yet, but she could have a future with Marvel as any number of characters. Caleb McLaughlin, meanwhile, is gunning for the role of Miles Morales. Hopefully, these potential projects won't prevent any of the core cast from returning for future seasons. It's rare for so many young actors to be so perfectly cast, so it'd be a shame to lose any of the stars of Stranger Things. As the upcoming season approaches, we'll bring you more news as it arrives.
Stranger Things season 2 comes to Netflix in time for Halloween 2017.
Source: Ars Technica