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The undeniable TV hit of last summer was Netflix's Stranger Things. The Duffer Brothers' sci-fi period piece captured audiences through its mysterious plot, fantastic cast, and 80s setting. Unfortunately, Season 2 was not released this summer, and will arrive late October in time for Halloween. Anticipation for Season 2 is at an all-time high, partially because Netflix has been continually teasing the fandom with bits of new information. The latest way this has been done is by releasing new posters for the sophomore season that pay homage to classic 80s movies. Case in point: check out this new mashup of Ridley Scott's Alien and Stranger Things.
Someone call Sigourney Weaver, because there's a new Ripley in town. And he happens to be a pre-teen boy named Will Byers.
This new poster, which comes to us from Stranger Things' official Twitter, is a pretty fantastic homage to Alien. The poster itself is almost identical to Alien's, showing the terrifying pod that usually shoots out facehuggers in the iconic sci-fi franchise. But the lower half of the poster is decidedly more Stranger Things, showing two shadowy figures traversing through the slimy world of the Upside Down. It's unclear if those characters are new for Season 2, or if it was repurposed footage of Joyce and Hopper's journey into the Upside Down to save Will.
Speaking of Will, he's given some special attention in the hilarious Alien-inspired poster. The line about him being the only survivor of The Upside Down is a direct quote from Alien. Sigourney Weaver's Ripley utters the same line of dialogue toward the film's ending moments. After successfully fighting of the Xenomorph that killed her crew members, Ripley iconically says: "This Ripley, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off." Furthermore, the above Stranger Things poster quotes the most iconic line in the entirety of the Alien franchise, "In space, no one can hear you scream". Switch out space for the mysterious and dangerous Upside Down, and bam. You've got yourself yet another fantastic tribute on your hands.
The second season of Stranger Things has been one of the most exciting aspects of 2017's television year. The first season was an instant classic, and became a pop culture event that inspired endless Halloween costumes. Season 1 also raked up an impressive amount of Emmy nominations this year, and may end up taking a few statues home when the awards take place this year. All in all, audiences are salivating for new episodes, especially since the first teaser premiered way back during the Super Bowl.
We'll just have to wait a few more months to see which direction The Duffer Brothers take Stranger Things in its sophomore season. Fingers crossed for more mystery and terror.
Stranger Things Season 2 will be released in its entirety on October 27th, 2017. In the meantime, check out our fall premiere list to plan your next binge watch.