It’s weird, I’m really invested in the core group that you mentioned, and the new group they introduced in season three (Brian, Violet and Forager). I think it’s because the characters in season two felt like they all just popped up at once. I would love an episode dedicated just to the original group though. Maybe we can get that when Wally comes back?
Also, during episode 18, please tell me I’m not the only one who thought of Stranger Things when that monster started absorbing the kids.