Netflix’s Stranger Things creeped back into our lives at San Diego Comic-Con 2017 with a special installation that gave us everything we loved about the first season and hinted at what was to come in Stranger Things 2.
With throngs of geeks filling every nook and cranny of the San Diego Convention Center, it’s sometimes hard to remember that there is so much more to be found outside the con, in the streets of the city, around nearly every corner. Here we explore what we found most compelling and fun beyond the con during San Diego Comic-Con 2017.
Is there a better way to spend a hot summer San Diego afternoon than taking a trip back to a darker, more twisted, maybe even a little bit upside down version of the small town of Hawkins, Indiana in the mid-1980s? Netflix set up a tent in the middle of their activation that featured all of their upcoming geek-friendly shows and films (Marvel’s Defenders and Will Smith’s Bright), to send any fan lucky enough to survive the long line to get in, deep into the world of Stranger Things. The eerily dark tent blocked out all outside light and set the mood for attendees to take on the roles of our heroes (or at least look at all of their very 80s era costumes and props). We got to mourn at Barb’s memorial, hop on our bikes to rescue Eleven, and even got to sit in Joyce’s living room, complete with the blinking Christmas tree light alphabet communications grid (and something in the walls).
Then, of course, Netflix was kind enough to give us this to thrill us even more:
And here’s a few pics from our trip back in time…
Stranger Things 2 comes exclusively to Netflix in October and we can’t wait to have our worlds turned upside down once again.