Hello and welcome to another week of the Banana Meter! For those not aware of how this works, let me explain it to you. First, our critics check out a series. Then, they rate it on our scale of 0-100%, we gather the percentage from all of your critics and that’s how we get our rating on the Banana Meter.
What is the Banana Meter scale, you ask?
When a show hits above 85% or higher from our critics, it means it hit Bonafide Bananas status.
When a show hits between 55-84% or higher from our critics, it means it hit Ripe status.
When the show hits under 55%, it means it hit Sour Status.
Hitting the Banana Meter today is
Stranger Things Season 4 Vol. Two
Here is what our Ripe Banana Critics are saying about Volume Two:
Banana Meter Rating: 97%
Visually stunning and supremely addictive, ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4 Volume 2 ends with a bang. It’s pretty staggering what the Duffer brothers were able to accomplish with Season 4. Volume 2 had everything that ‘Stranger Things’ fans hoped for.
Banana Meter Rating: 93%
With all of the separated storylines and character groups converging, the second part of the penultimate season of Stranger Things was an action-packed, emotional, and wildly entertaining 4-hour ride I was glad to have witnessed. It still amazes me what this show has been able to do to make itself worthy on every level in comparison to certain full-length feature standards.
Banana Meter Rating: 90%
While some things still remain a bit underdone despite its massive runtimes, Volume 2 brings Stranger Things 4 to an intense, absolutely insane close with some of the best visual spectacle in modern television.
Banana Meter Rating: 85%
While the pacing issues of Vol. 1 were fixed, there was still something missing in these last two episodes, considering the runtime. Nevertheless, some fan favorites were still given a chance to shine, and the stakes of Season 5 have been properly set into motion.
Banana Meter Rating: 80%
A brilliant finale that falls short in the final half-hour. It’s almost totally conclusive, except for having to set up that looming series 5. Great character work, soundtrack, and aesthetic but lacking in finality.
Banana Meter Rating: 100%
The way it all ties each season together is done beautifully. My only complaint is that it feels bloated at times, but I was never bored so at the end of the day that doesn’t matter. Stranger Things 4 takes everything we loved about the first 3 installments and turns it up to 11.
Banana Meter Rating: 95%
Volume 2 is a finale that specializes in pacing in spite of its 4-hour runtime. Every moment of tension and fear is balanced against the greater character work at play. It’s brutal and terrifying and everything I love about Stranger Things.
Banana Meter Rating: 80%
As a 2 episode arc that simultaneously acts as the cinematic conclusion to what came prior, episodes 8 and 9 of Stranger Things Season 4 hit all the right beats. There are a handful of questionable plot choices in the finale, but undoubtedly emotional and entertaining.