Netflix Will Debut a 'Stranger Things' Aftershow Alongside Season 2

Thursday, 26 October 2017 - 5:30PM
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Thursday, 26 October 2017 - 5:30PM
Netflix Will Debut a 'Stranger Things' Aftershow Alongside Season 2
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Good news if you've ever thought, "Boy, it sure would be great if, in addition to the release of Stranger Things season two tomorrow, Netflix also gave its audience a second show that went behind the scenes of the main series to reveal interesting tidbits, break down plot points, and interview actors from the main show."

Lucky for fans of the adventures of Eleven and friends, that's exactly what we're getting.

Clearly eager to give fans every possible drop of Eighties nostalgia horror goodness, Netflix has announced that October 27 will not only see the release of the entire second season of Stranger Things, but will also provide us with a companion show, named Beyond Stranger Things, that will give us insight into the creation of the show and what fun the cast and crew had on set.

Hosted by actor Jim Rash (Community, The Writer's Room), who doesn't appear in Stranger Things but no doubt wishes he did, the show will provide the kind of fan analysis and discussion that's becoming increasingly common in various fandoms for big name television brands.

Shows like Game of Thrones, Star Trek: Discovery, and The Walking Dead all have these kinds of official fan aftershows, and in practice they're not entirely different to the kind of content you get from Lucasfilm's The Star Wars Show - although that show generally doesn't offer blow-by-blow discussions of movie plot points, instead focusing on news on upcoming features).



These shows mirror similar offerings that fans create unofficially by themselves, albeit without much in the way of negativity - you don't generally get a wholly unbiased discussion of a popular sci-fi series if the after show itself is payrolled by the creators of the main event. In other words, don't expect Beyond Stranger Things to critique Stranger Things, and do expect it to come choc-full of factoids and insights into how the show was made.

What official aftershows offer instead is a chance for unique insight from the cast and crew of these big franchises, and Beyond Stranger Things has that in abundance. Joining Jim Rash for interviews and discussions will be stars such as Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), David Harbour (Chief Hopper), Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler), Brett Gelman (new character Murray Bauman), and showrunners Matt and Ross Duffer.

This isn't technically the first Stranger Things after show - there was a similar show for the first season of the series, but instead of appearing on Netflix, it was a small YouTube affair that didn't benefit from guest appearances from the cast and crew. This time around, Netflix is clearly interested in making something with a higher production value that can be treated as its own show, rather than a YouTube curiosity.

All seven episodes of Beyond Stranger Things will be dumped onto Netflix on October 27, but Netflix is advising viewers to stay away from the after show until they've completed binge-watching the main series, just in case an errant spoiler or two takes some of the fun out of later episodes. Don't watch one episode of Stranger Things followed by the corresponding Beyond Stranger Things; simply plough through all eight new episodes of the main show, before enjoying the after show at your own leisure.

This makes a fair amount of sense - the Duffer Brothers have often spoken of Stranger Things both seasons one and two, as being distinct, long-running episodic movies rather than a traditional long, drawn-out television show. You wouldn't pause a movie part-way through to listen the director commentary on the scenes you've just watched, so maybe don't break up your Stranger Things 2 experience too much if you can avoid it.

Whether you plan on tuning in to Beyond Stranger Things or not, it's exciting to think that we're all now just a few short hours away from delving back to the Upside Down for another big, spooky adventure.
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