WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD.
I’m going to come right out and say that I watched all nine episodes of Stranger Things season two on Friday and Saturday and I have precisely no regrets.
I ate a lot of chocolate. Too much popcorn. My dog is confused and seems to think I’m unwell.
But I’m fine. More than fine.
Because overall, season two is probably better than season one. It’s scarier, there’s more character development, we get two new cast members and an unlikely hero.
But there’s one element of the storyline I found myself feeling increasingly uncomfortable with – and it culminated in the very last scene of the series.
Let me explain.
Listen to Clare Stephens and Brittany Stewart debrief on Stranger Things season two on Mamamia’s TV podcast, The Binge. Post continues after audio.
In season one we had a few hints the plot was going to go in this direction, but I thought maybe I was imagining it. Then a few episodes in, Eleven re-appeared, and in one moment, the seeds were planted again.
Eleven goes to Hawkins High School to find Mike, but when she finds him, he’s having a conversation with Max, a girl who has recently become a part of the boys’ friendship group. Eleven doesn’t like that Mike is talking to Max, so she uses her magic powers to make Max fall off her skateboard.
Eleven is 13 years old. When she first met Mike she was 12. She’s also spent a great deal of her childhood in a lab, which stunted her language and emotional development. Except when it comes to romantic heterosexual relationships, apparently. In that way, she’s very mature. Because she likes Mike. And the idea of him spending time with another female is threatening.
I just need to say it: WHY DO KIDS IN AMERICAN MOVIES AND TV SHOWS ALWAYS NEED TO FALL IN LOVE.
This isn’t a thing.
When I was 12, I was playing The Sims constantly. I was setting my Sim people on fire and making them haunt new families and using cheats to make them unwarranted millionaires. No romance. No jealousy. I was a child.