Is this 'Stranger Things' season 2 scene a nod to critics?

In the fifth episode of Stranger Things 2, Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) decides time has come to confide in his crush and new friend Max (Sadie Sink). While we don't see all of it, Lucas basically recaps season 1 for the new kid. Upon hearing all of the information Max responds, “I really liked it ... I had a few issues. I just felt it was a little derivative in parts. I just wish it had a little bit more originality, is all.