Posted on Monday, February 6th, 2017 by Peter Sciretta
Last night during the Super Bowl, Netflix debuted a Stranger Things season 2 teaser trailer which broke the internet. While the TV spot for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was apparently the most talked-about big game television advertisement, my social feeds seemed filled with shock, surprise, and excitement over the first look at the next season of Stranger Things.
/Film readers know that we love to dig in, so let’s examine the new teaser trailer frame by frame to see what we can learn about the new season which will be released on Halloween 2017. Hit the jump to enter the Upside Down and explore our Stranger Things season 2 trailer breakdown.
Stranger Things Season 2 Trailer Breakdown
The Eggos Commercial
The teaser trailer begins with a clip from an Eggo commercial that originally aired in December 1980, four years before the events of Stranger Things season 2’s fall 1984 storyline. A fun bit of trivia: the little boy in the commercial is played by Jason Hervey, best known as the child actor who played Wayne Arnold in The Wonder Years and Milton Baines in Back to the Future.
Eggo marketing director Trinh Le says that the company’s presence in Stranger Things was “a happy surprise for the brand and it was clear that fans loved it as much as we did” so they “couldn’t resist partnering with Netflix in their Super Bowl ad.” That’s right, Eggo actually partnered (i.e., helped pay) for the Super Bowl advertisement with Netflix.
The Eggos are, of course, a reference to a food that Eleven liked in the first season. The season left off with Chief Hopper (David Harbour) leaving Eggos in the woods for the young girl, who had vanished during the climax of the finale.
The commercial begins to flicker and we see a very brief glimpse of an Arcade sign with a red-colored sky in the background with quick lightening-style flashes. We didn’t see an arcade in the first season but it seems likely that this will be a new location. And it makes sense that the kids would hang out in an arcade, as it was a popular hangout location for kids in the 1980s and reminiscent of ’80s movies like WarGames, The Last Starfighter, Tron, and The Karate Kid.
Eleven Is Back
We hear one of the boys call out for Eleven and see a flash of actress Millie Bobby Brown opening her eyes, reprising her role as Eleven. Of course, Eleven returning isn’t a big surprise as everyone pretty much assumed she would be back for the second season. We’ve even seen the actress in table read photos.
But the question is, where is she? Could the framing of this shot be a clue? Eleven is framed weirdly upside down, which may hint that she is back in the Upside Down. She looks frightened and we can see that she is still having her signature nosebleeds as well. I wouldn’t be surprised if this is the first shot we see of the character in the season two episode one, which is titled “Madmax.”
In my discussion of the Stranger Things season 2 episode titles, I speculated that the title is not just an obvious reference to George Miller‘s 1979 film Mad Max, but could be a metaphor for the story at hand: the film is set in a self-destructing post-apocalyptic world, so perhaps it is a metaphor for the Upside Down. Mad Max follows a father out for revenge for the killing of his wife and son, possibly a reference to Chief Hopper who has lost not only his daughter but his surrogate daughter, Eleven. We also know that four new characters will be introduced in the new season and a girl named Max will be one of them.
Back on Bikes
The kids are back on their bicycles, racing through the streets of Hawkins, Indiana, probably headed to school. Nothing is more reminiscent of being a child in the ’80s than riding your bike with friends in a suburban neighborhood.
You might notice that the kids are wearing weird-looking backpacks. These aren’t backpacks, but proton packs. They are dressed as Ghostbusters, as we’ll see further in this teaser trailer. While the first season was set in November 1983, season 2 will take place in October 1984. Ghostbusters just hit theaters in July of that year and clearly has had a big effect on these kids.
Cheif Hopper In an Explosive Situation
Chief Hopper saved the day last time around, turning on the government to help save Will and the other kids. The first glimpse we get of Hopper in the new teaser trailer looks like he’s gotten himself into another mess. We see a house exploding around him, but there is no indication of why it’s happening or what is causing it.
The Ghostbusters Arrive at Middle School
The boys have arrived at Hawkins Middle School, and as you can see from the decorations in the background, it is Halloween. (Although I don’t see any other classmates in Halloween costumes in the background.) Gaten Matarazzo, as Dustin Henderson, looks towards the camera with a nervous look. I wonder what he is looking at and thinking here.