CHAT WITH KELLY
USA TODAY’s Kelly Lawler chats with readers Mondays at 2 p.m. ET at facebook.com/USATODAY. Read edited excerpts below, email questions to email@example.com or tweet themto @klawls and visit her live online.
Q: There were some interesting partnerships in Stranger Things Season 2: Hopper, (who) has been harboring Eleven for about a year, and Dustin and Steve, who has a lot of time on his hands after his split from Nancy. What did you think of the pairings?
A: One of my favorite things about Season 2 was the way it shuffled the cast (slightly) and allowed different characters to interact and show new depths. This was especially helpful to Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) and Steve (Joe Keery), who had incredible chemistry. The relationship showed new things about each of them — Dustin has a lot of insecurities, Steve is a softie and a romantic — that weren’t evident last season, when both were more broadly stretched. That pairing, and Hopper (David Harbour) and Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), also gave the season much-needed levity at certain points.
Q: I have been enjoying Season 3 of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, maybe even more than the first two seasons. Sad to see it’s still the lowest-rated show on broadcast.
A: I am also incredibly sad that Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is so low-rated. It’s a fantastic series that is worth your time (the first two seasons are available to stream on Netflix). I don’t know if the new season is better than the first two, but so far it has been really strong, and I love the way it’s evolving.
Q: Do you like iZombie or The Originals better?
A: I like iZombie quite a bit better. I was a fan of The Vampire Diaries for many years (although I jumped off in later seasons when it got repetitive) and I tried its spinoff The Originals, but I never quite connected with it the way I did TVD. I think part of it is that the original family was never as appealing as the protagonists of the story on TVD. But I do love iZombie, which is a really fun and thought-provoking series.
We see new sides to Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo, second from right).