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Creators: Ross Duffer, Matt Duffer
Stars: Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Winona Ryder

Immediately after opening “Stranger Things” Season 4 Volume I, you may notice that the shortest episode is 62 minutes, the longest is 98 (!), and the average is around 72. Your reaction to this (without mentioning the fact that the final chapter of Volume II premiering in July will feature a staggering two-and-a-half hour runtime) will probably dictate how much you’ll enjoy this fourth season overall. Or you’re excited for more “Stranger Things” – the bigger, the better! – or you’re currently squinting at these words on your screen trying to analyze what, exactly, could possibly need so many more minutes for a show that was once a decently funny pastiche of ’80s adventure movies.

Seeing the show’s big comeback at the same time Netflix has faced its first real hurdles as a streaming service and tech company makes for a surreal, if at least fitting, experience. After becoming the first real behemoth of a Netflix pop culture hit, the Duffer Brothers’ increasingly ambitious series echoed their network’s rapid expansion and clearly informed the way it moved forward with other projects coming up. could have similar problems. Season 4, with all the time and money you could want, represents how exponentially “Stranger Things” has grown and how much you’re allowed to indulge your every instinct, as long as you keep subscribers connected for just a few more minutes.

From a narrative point of view, at least, the answer is simple. As the four central boys, once pre-teens, now adults so young that the bass in their dropped voices practically boom through the walls, have learned after playing hours upon hours of Dungeons and Dragons, a simple quest can twist and multiply into something much more complex. and long range given enough time. Now, six years after the show’s launch, “Stranger Things” has significantly improved its mythology to complicate its stories far beyond their initial limits. It’s also spread out its characters enough that verifying them all has become increasingly difficult, to the point that apparently you just can’t cut everything down to fit the confines of a traditional TV episode.

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Throughout the seven episodes that premiered on May 27, the cast ends up divided between various groups and locations. The season opens in 1986 with the Byers family—Joyce (Winona Ryder), Jonathan (Charlie Heaton), Will (Noah Schnapp)—living in California, where newly adopted Eleven struggles to fit in among all the blond, sneering bullies. Back in Hawkins, Mike (Finn Wolfhard) and Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) have joined their new high school’s Dungeons and Dragons collective, spearheaded by charismatic dungeon master Eddie (Joseph Quinn), while Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) try to gain popularity. as the most dedicated bench warmer on the basketball team. Max (Sadie Sink), who ended Season 3 a beloved member of his crew, has since retreated to her own grief and confusion over the bloody death of his brother Billy (Dacre Montgomery). If anyone is consistent, it’s the older teens; Nancy (Natalia Dyer) has brought her skills to the school paper, while Robin (Maya Hawke) rambles on about her forbidden girl crush on her co-worker and best friend Steve (Joe Keery). Oh, and Hopper (David Harbour) is somewhere in the Soviet Union, supposedly dead but very much alive and more miserable than ever.

With all these characters to track, “Stranger Things” certainly has its work cut out for it, mostly managing to keep everything moving at a steady enough pace once it establishes the four or so subplots that end up defining the season. The problem is that almost all of the plotlines (except for Eleven who continues to explore her origin story) become less compelling as they move away from Hawkins.

Case in point: The California escapades wear themselves out with every tiresome joke and continue to waste Schapp’s ability to convey Will’s tenderest pain with a single glance. Ryder ends up isolated on a wacky side mission with Brett Gelman’s maniacal Murray, who does little for either actor. And with all due respect to Harbour, whose portrayal of a man both grumpy and compassionate remains one of the best performances on the show, nearly every Hopper cut is a drag. As each episode progresses past the hour mark, it becomes increasingly difficult not to resent these threads for sucking up so much time.

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