There has been a lot of love for the 80s era tribute Netflix horror series ‘Stranger Things‘ and while some out there have said there is a lack of original ideas in the show – I’ve loved it! In the upcoming season, we’ll even be getting influence from one of my favorite 80s science fiction horror films of all time: ‘Aliens.’ It isn’t something direct in using a Xenomorph or flamethrower though, but it all boils down to a casting choice.
That is, the casting of Paul Reiser as Doctor Owens who is replacing the villainous doctor from the first season at Hawkins. With Reiser taking over you will want to expect him to be evil but apparently, he is coming across as anything but a villain.
According to co-creator Ross Duffer:
“We want people to have those debates like, ‘Do you trust that guy or is he Burke?’ Paul was saying the reason James Cameron cast him is because he thought people would inherently trust him and it would be a twist.”
Before working on ‘Aliens’, Reiser was a stand-up comedian who was well liked so putting him as a villain was a bit of a shock to the system for some. They’re trying to re-create that same kind of tension here but aren’t being clear if it will be because he is evil and acting good or good throughout the series while we expect him to be evil.
Reiser hasn’t been open on the subject either as he has previously stated:
“I have a certain thing in my head that I’m playing. I did a scene a few weeks ago with David Harbour, and it was a heated scene where he’s sort of holding me accountable. My lines were to the effect of, ‘Trust me. Everything is fine.’ I said, ‘I don’t believe me and I am me!’ It just feels like there’s such a well-worn precedent not just of Aliens but in life when a government guy says, ‘No, you’re fine. There’s nothing to worry about here.’ It’s like, ‘Yeah, I don’t believe you.’”
It will be interesting to see if Owens ends up as a helping hand to the Sheriff or has ulterior motives that we’ll end up finding out down the line.
Do you think that Doctor Owen will be good or evil when ‘Stranger Things’ returns for a second season? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Start stocking up on the Eggos as all nine episodes of the second season of ‘Stranger Things’ will stream on Netflix starting October 31st, 2017!
Stuart Conover is an author, blogger, and all around geek. When not busy being a father and husband he tries to spend as much time as possible immersed in comic books, science fiction, and horror! Would you like to know more? Follow him on Twitter!