You’d be forgiven for thinking that Stranger Things – a show chock full of creepy Demogorgons, Mind Flayers and ominous red clouds – is purely the stuff of fantasy. That while the Netflix hit is anchored by pop culture references and is steeped in ’80s aesthetics, its subject matter is anything but realistic.
However, things have shifted slightly in the newly-released season 4. Yes, it is still very much a sci-fi series about Dungeons and Dragons and weird membrane-like portals to the Upside Down. But its “monster”, Vecna, adopts psychological warfare to target his prey – which, I would argue, very much serves as an allegory for trauma, depression and mental illness, which is all too real.
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