‘Stranger Things’ won’t arrive until shortly before Halloween, on October 27. That gives you plenty of time to adjust your TV. It seems the show’s creators Matt and Ross Duffer have feelings– very strong feelings– when it comes to a certain widespread default setting.
Matt: “Us and everyone in Hollywood puts so much time and effort and money into getting things to look just right and when you see it in someone’s home, it looks like it was shot on an iPhone.”
Ross: “It’s shocking! We were just at Comic-Con, and we walk on the main floor and the settings on every single TV is wrong. I was like, ‘Didn’t a bunch of nerds put this together? What is wrong with them?’ ”
Matt: “When I go to my friends’ places back home, I’m constantly fixing their TVs.”
Ross: “But they don’t notice! I’ll be like, ‘This looks like garbage,’ and I go into the settings and fix it for them, and they’re like, ‘It doesn’t look any different.’ ”
So what is this subtle alteration that we all need to make?
Matt: “The key thing is to turn off anything that says ‘motion,’ ‘TruMotion.’ ‘Smooth motion.’ ”
What about slow motion? Some fans have complained about the delay in getting to Season Two. After all, the first season ended up being the most buzzed-about pop culture event of last summer. In this age of streaming services, VOD and DVRs, ‘Stranger Things’– which is offered to stream in its entirety– became a modern day update of a “water cooler” show, something that viewers couldn’t wait to share and discuss with others. Fans hoped that the sophomore season would arrive around the same time this year, but unfortunately that isn’t the case.
Matt said, “We’ve realized we’re really bad at multitasking.” Ross added, “And then the fans online are like, ‘What’s taking so long! But there’s a handcrafted quality to Stranger Things. We’re a little controlling.”
The Duffers state that in all likelihood, their hit will get two more seasons after this– four all together. By that point, the youthful main cast will be college age, losing the innocent charm that helped make the first season so engaging.
But for the time being, make sure you turn off any setting that says “motion” and get ready to binge ‘Stranger Things’ when it returns in October.