We don't know what to expect when the new season returns. We do have a request - more Barb. The show is so full of twists and turns that the new season could be completely different from the first. But there's one thing that we do know - you're going to be watching it wrong.
You'd think that there isn't a right way and a wrong way to watch TV, but you'd be surprised. Show creators the Duffer Brothers already know that you're watching it wrong. And they want to make sure you're watching it correctly. No, you're not supposed to "turn upside down" anytime anyone goes to the Upside Down World. There's more to it than that.
Matt and Ross Duffer are huge '80s fans. Thus, Stranger Things is not only set in the '80s, but its styled to mimic the '80s in every way possible. The story, the script, the costumes and even the visuals were all carefully crafted to replicate the '80s and much as possible.
So while Stranger Things is full of references to the '80s, perhaps the biggest reference is how it was shot. The Duffer Brothers went above and beyond in making sure the show was shot as if it was made in the '80s, instead of making it just sound and feel like something made in the '80s. Thus, Stranger Things is arguably more '80s than a "Frankie Says Relax" T-shirt.
A lot of care was put into the making of the show. And goddamn it, the creators care how you watch it. "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," said Matt Duffer.
Both Duffer Brothers are deeply concerned with your TV viewing habits. "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?'" said Ross Duffer.
You see, in the '80s, the visuals were different from today. Back in the day, TVs were 4:3, rather than 16:9 like it is today. And as for the color settings? Well, you could have "color" and you could have "black and white," and there was no in between. So how do you replicate the '80s TV to make sure you're watching the show as God and the Duffer Brothers intended?
The best way to watch the second season of Stranger Things is to watch it on a TV where you've watched any "4:3 edited for TV '80s movie." Stranger Things season 2 comes out in October. You have time to prepare. That doesn't work for you? Well, you have other options.
It's impractical for every single person who's going to watch Stranger Things to go thrift store shopping for an '80s boob tube. So the Duffer Brothers have one very special request. If you have one of the newest 4K TVs, listen up! This request goes out to you most!
The Duffer Brothers want you to change the settings on your TV so that you can watch the show properly. "The key thing is to turn off anything that says ‘motion': ‘TruMotion,' ‘Smooth motion.'" said the Duffer Brothers.
Not to guilt you into changing the settings on your TV or anything, but the showrunners put a lot of work into the show. The least you could do is change your TV. Plus, if you're Netflix and chill-ing, you'll impress your date all the more!
15. What A Tease
Can't wait for Stranger Things season two? Too bad. You have to. But in the meantime, you can whet your appetite by watching this teaser!