5 ways Stranger Things 4 can be better than last season

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2. Share more information about the villains

Stranger Things 3 was incredibly entertaining TV. It was pretty much all story all the time in an action-packed season. What we didn’t quite understand was the motivations of any of the villains in the story.

Sure, the Mind Flayer wanted revenge and tried to challenge its only real threat in Hawkins: Eleven. That was clear, but I’m specifically referring to the Russians and how their involvement connects to Hawkins, Upside Down, Eleven, and everything else.

There’s a scene in my favorite episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, “The Nightman Cometh,” that encapsulates my feelings on this issue entirely.

In the episode, Charlie writes a musical and he pitches it to his “friends.” They are skeptical, of course, and think Charlie has an angle for the musical. There has to be a reason he wrote the musical, right? And, it leads to Mac asking, “Who versus? Who are we doing it versus?”

And, that’s exactly how I feel about Stranger Things. What’s the point of all of this? What is the Duffer Brothers’ angle? Is it truly just ’80s nostalgia served up in a cool supernatural story, or is there something bigger they are trying to say or explore?

And, I think the motivations of the villains are the way we finally look at this series and go “Oh, so that’s what it was all about.”

There’s still so much we don’t know about Stranger Things, and that only adds to the mystery. Eventually, we’ll start to learn more about why Dr. Brenner those test with Eleven, where the other kids are, what the Russians have to do with all this, and more. We’ll probably never know what the Mind Flayer is doing exactly, but that doesn’t even really matter.