Alright, a gold friggin’ star to the person who thought of this one. With the new season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 hitting Netflix today, most of the conversation has been dominated by lifelong fans of the show — fans like myself — who are some combination of excited and apprehensive about the return of their favorite television series. But what about the next generation of MST3K fans? How does Netflix introduce them to their service? Why, by riffing on another Netflix property that everyone already knows and loves, of course!
Somewhere, a Tumblr user’s brain is melting because their mash-up art just came to life and now they’re wondering what to do next with such great artistic responsibility (hint: look toward the White House). Two beloved pop culture entities have converged, and yet neither the internet nor the time-space continuum has imploded; instead, we are treated with a rather charming photo.
Stranger Things Season 2 had even more license to honor its ‘80s movie past, recruiting actual Goonies and Aliens stars like Sean Astin and Paul Reiser. The latter’s role as a mysterious scientist remains some what fuzzy, but Reiser at least confirms a surprising Aliens connection, and what separates him from Matthew Modine’s Season 1 villain.
We’re all fatigued enough to the point that reality and the daily news cycle have begun blending together, so allow Stephen Colbert to sharpen that point. On a pike, specifically, as Colbert throws presidential advisor Stephen Miller onto Game of Thrones, Stranger Things and more to test his “I’m prepared to go on any show” claim.
Breakout success though Stranger Things may have been, many had to wonder if the series were perhaps best-served by that eight-episode run. Everything we’ve seen from Season 2 seems promising, though producers now lay out a four-to-five season plan for Hawkins, along with a new round of photos.
It wasn’t long ago we learned that Stranger Things creators the Duffer brothers had called on producer Shawn Levy to fulfill a similar directorial obligation as the first year, though the full roster remained unclear. Now, we’ve learned Finding Dory and Nemo director Andrew Stanton will direct several episodes, as will another newcomer to the series.
No one necessarily bat an eye at filming on the first season of Stranger Things, but the Netflix thriller’s overnight success meant Season 2 would have great deal more eyes on it. So it was, that creators turned to the Game of Thrones spoiler experts for advice on keeping Season 2 under wraps.
No one was particularly surprised that Netflix would come through with a Season 2 renewal for Stranger Things, though they took things a step further to reveal all nine of its cryptic Season 2 episode titles. Or did they? Creators admit that the final products may end us with different names than the ones we’ve spent months speculating over, precisely because we’ve spent months speculating over them.
Sunday’s Stranger Things Season 2 Trailer premiere gave us quite a bit to chew on, but the Halloween premiere is going to the next year pretty torturous. Thankfully, even more new photos have emerged, as well as plot details for the ambitious new year, and even a hint at what new creatures we might be seeing.
Stranger Things would not prove near so successful without its core cast of wide-eyed youths, whose continued adorableness outside the show will surely extend to Season 2. Case in point, watch the young adventurers’ glee at their own Season 2 Super Bowl spot, as we start the long countdown to Halloween.