OT: Stranger Things Season 2 (Beware: There be SPOILERS here)

The day has arrived and Stranger Things is back on Netflix, with Season 2 dropping at 2am this morning. My wife and I just finished rewatching Season 1 last night, and we're hoping to start a binge this weekend. Anyone else already catch up on some of the episodes?

Early reviews seem to be overwhelmingly positive. I've tried to steer as far away from any kind of spoiler as possible, so this should be a fun watch later on tonight.

UPDATE: You've had 2 weeks.

Its spoilers time, baby!

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I don't think it's working for me. Just loads a Stranger Things playlist. What's it supposed to do?

Same here

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

Maybe you're in the upside down and don't realize it

"with all due respect, and remember I’m sayin’ it with all due respect, that idea ain’t worth a velvet painting of a whale and a dolphin gettin’ it on" - Ricky Bobby

That would explain a lot, actually

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

Yeah, I've been wondering why I keep hearing crazy-ass Wynona Ryder's voice echoing from the walls of my office

not that big of thing really. If you sit on the playlist for a second an upside down screen takes over like a screensaver just on the app. good marketing partnership.

“I hope that they’re not going to have big eyes and pee down their legs so to speak,” -- Bud Foster

Ugh, I have to work this weekend. So the wife and I are having one of our friends over next weekend to binge watch both seasons. It's gonna be tough to not watch during the week (since I'm off monday and tuesday) but it's gonna be soooo worth it.

Anyway, I probably won't be coming back to this thread until after I finish the series, so as to avoid spoilers. You guys enjoy!!!

I kind of wish Netflix did like Hulu and only released one episode at a time because I have no self control.

I think we will start it Sunday. Plans tonight and Kings Dominion all day tomorrow.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

yep binge watching a series can be fun, but stuff can run together and stuff can get missed. Cliffhangers that last 30 seconds while the next episode loads aren't as impactful either.

I like to watch a series 1-2 episodes per day at most, unless it's a 30 min show, in which case I might go up to 3 episodes...

Woke up at 4 and finished it around 1

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Just started today. I am through 5.. Slow start but becoming brutal..

Year 3 is coming up!

You got this

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Exactly where I stopped, I'll finish the rest this weekend but stuff started picking up fast so I figured I needed a break so I don't miss anything.

Anyone finish it yet? Ready to drop spoiler comments

Wait til the 11th for spoilers to allow everyone enough time to get through it.... Not everyone was gonna binge overnight.

2 weeks should be enough time to get though 9 episodes

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

I can't wait to drop the 2 words I want to say so badly

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Yep

Year 3 is coming up!

Bitchin? Bitchin.

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Stay frosty

Yeah binge watching can be difficult. Gotta plan ahead though and manage the time in bundles. I myself watched it in 2 hour stretches between the hours of 6pm to 3am.

Day Eleven of month Eleven.

I see what you did there

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Watched all of it with my roommates on Sunday and only took 2 breaks. It was pretty enjoyable. Without getting spoiler-y, it didn't have quite the same tension as season 1 and I didn't like one story arc, but it's well worth watching.

"That move was slicker than a peeled onion in a bowl of snot." -Mike Burnop

I'm pretty sure I know what you're referring to, and I agree. The rest of the season was great again, but one episode seemed like a shitty ABC Family pilot.

*That episode* could be entirely removed the show and the overall plot for the season would hardly change

The Duffer brothers said in an interview they took it out to "test" if the season/ending could work without it, and decided it couldn't. I disagree. I would've liked to see it either get more time or get dropped

“I like the donuts.” -Bud Foster

You guys have forgotten how fricking doofus we were in 8th grade.

Year 3 is coming up!

It only added two main plot points: one of which is already covered in the first five minutes of the season, and the other we could all have just assumed. Neither one impacted this season anyway, and only set up possible Plot lines in future seasons.

i agree,,, immediately after my wife said "lets stay up and watch another because that was a waste of time"

“I hope that they’re not going to have big eyes and pee down their legs so to speak,” -- Bud Foster

I thought it served to give one of the younger main characters an alternate path in life to consider, and reinforced the importance of certain relationships. Ultimately that character showed a lot of growth throughout that episode... they learned to identify what was important to them, and what kind of person they wanted to be. Hard to cram those kinds of big life direction choices into snippets.

I do think they could've interwoven that story across a few episodes instead of concentrating it and still had similar impact.

I finally got through the episode in question (and fiished the series) this weekend. Call me a cynic, but I suspect this story arc got crammed into one episode for financial reasons. This subplot introduced several new characters. It's my understanding that character actors typically get paid per episode. If you're going to add a group of new characters, and you're not sure if the fanbase will accept them, it makes sense to minimize your casting costs. After seeing the last few episodes, I'm glad they saved the money for the visual effects budget. They did a damn good job on those.

“You got one guy going boom, one guy going whack, and one guy not getting in the endzone.”
― John Madden (describing VT's offense?)

which episode number?

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Finished season 2 today. Liked it even more than 1. Folks will be talking about this series for years to come I think.

I LOVED THIS SEASON!!

One thing for sure is that 11 is going to be a knock out!

Year 3 is coming up!

I am only half way through with season 2 so maybe I'm missing something... but Musky be like...

Sometimes I like to leave off the /s just to mess with people.

Why yes SC you are and if you finish every episode you will see what I am saying.

Year 3 is coming up!

I'm confused...

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

I told my wife that when I watched "The Professional" and saw Natalie Portman as a 12 year old I thought, "She has screen charisma; she's going to be a star."

I thought the same thing with Millie Bobby Brown.

I thought the same thing about a certain TKP sponsor when I first saw her in Chamber of Secrets. I may have been correct.

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I thought Season 1 had a stronger plot. However, Season 2 is still awesome because of the characters. I think they did a great job continuing and adding to the relationships developed in the first season.

"...When we step on that field, they bleed like we bleed and we're gonna show the world."
-Corey Marshall

People in charge of casting this show deserve a medal

"with all due respect, and remember I’m sayin’ it with all due respect, that idea ain’t worth a velvet painting of a whale and a dolphin gettin’ it on" - Ricky Bobby

I'll try and grab a link to paste, but has anyone else seen the video of Millie Bobbie Brown rapping a recap of Season 1 on The Tonight Show?

"Bad news when you see that bloody nose!"

It's really remarkable how talented that kid is.

no idea Natalie Portman was in Stranger Things 2

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She shouldn't quit her day job to rap haha.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

She is amazing, I agree. I hope Hollywood doesn't ruin her.

I absolutely loved the relationship and interactions between Steven and Dustin..... their scenes together were very enjoyable and entertaining

"Welcome to the Terror Dome." -- Corey Moore

Steve was awesome in season 2. He's been a fun character to watch grow and change between the two seasons.

I must not have made it to his redemption yet. As a Steve myself, my only complaint with the show is that the character with my name is such a total douchebag. I've only made it through Episode 5 so far, though.

“You got one guy going boom, one guy going whack, and one guy not getting in the endzone.”
― John Madden (describing VT's offense?)

Steve has had the best story arc so far. I thought he was such a douche when season 1 started

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

#TrueDetectiveSeason4

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

I unashamedly gave every kid dressed as a Stranger Things character extra candy last night.

I just have one big issue and that's did they ever open their refrigerator again?

Pretty sure this isn't really a spoiler but feel free to delete if you think it is

I swear to drunk, I'm not God

Opening the fridge will be the cold open to start the next season.

We finished it last night. I liked Season 1 better but this season was still very good. Definitely didn't need one episode like everyone mentioned. Only other complaint was there were some loose ends that didn't get tied up.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

Just watched "that" episode. Completely agree with the sentiment. I appreciate them trying to expand the scope of the show a little bit, but just nah

I don't mind what happened in the episode but what sucked about it was that it got a WHOLE episode devoted to it with no other storylines taking place. That storyline could have easily been shortened to a fraction of an episode and honestly that character's entire arc this season would have been better if it happened over 2-3 episodes instead of being drawn out the entire season IMO.

I haven't seen that episode yet but with all of this talk it reminds me of the "Fly" episode of Breaking Bad.

HAHAHA that episode...

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I actually watched that episode twice when it came out I was certain I missed something. I then proceeded to tell anyone that hadn't seen it to skip it and wait till the next episode came out because it was so bad.

I felt the culmination was really predictable this season. That's not necessarily a bad thing but just something I wasn't expecting (irony). The entire first season I was always like what the fuck is going on I have no idea how are they gonna... what the heck ...who the hell... where are... why. But this season I kept feeling like, of course they're gonna do that, of course that's their plan

Agreed. Season 1 had a ton of mystery and this season had extremely little. Honestly though with such a good theme and with how well the characters were established in season 1 I think it would have been pretty hard to screw this season up too bad.

Sometimes I like to leave off the /s just to mess with people.

I felt like the story got a little too big this season. Season 1 was excellent because the story arc for everyone was centered on 1 thing, to find Will. This season, it felt like there were no less than 3 plots to the main story, and it all struggled to come together in the end, and felt a little shoehorned when it was all said and done. They would be much better off next season focusing on a single plot again and developing all the stories based on that.

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

Or have a longer season

"with all due respect, and remember I’m sayin’ it with all due respect, that idea ain’t worth a velvet painting of a whale and a dolphin gettin’ it on" - Ricky Bobby

Ol' Billy boy crossed the line when he started hitting on my woman

Nancy's Mom has got it goin' on

Also, pretty cool Easter egg in episode 3.

When Bob was talking to Will in the car, he mentions recurring nightmares he had as a kid...a clown, Mr Baldo, offers him a balloon. He also previously mentions growing up in Maine. I think the clown was Pennywise, and he may have grown up in Derry, Maine. It would also make sense, as he would've been a kid in the 50s... When Pennywise was active.

Really cool if you ask me.

Eleven would demolish Pennywise.

Very interesting. Thanks for that.

So I wasn't crazy in thinking there were some connections.

Also, did you catch the nice little Goonies tribute? With Bob mentioning pirate treasure being at the X.

Man, I love this show so much.

Yeah well spotted man. I just read that this morning.

Definitely I found the whole "map reading" scene reminscent of the goonies. And then Bob is in a tunnel like goonies as well. Not sure if all was related but felt like it

According to some behind the scenes snippets, the Duffer brothers said that the Bob character was a real bit part; only put in there for the scene in the car (that starts things off...).

After Sean Astin came along, they said they had to expand the part because its Samwise Gamgee.

You can only leave Rudy on the bench for so long...

Lots of loose ends and unanswered questions for me. I think there's enough to keep this up for a while and that makes me glad.

I was reading an interview with the Duffer Bros a few days back where they said that they're planning a total of 4 seasons and don't think they will be able to go much beyond that. The producers are reportedly pushing them hard to go at least 5 seasons. Depending on your definition of 'a while', this may be good news to you.

“You got one guy going boom, one guy going whack, and one guy not getting in the endzone.”
― John Madden (describing VT's offense?)

I'd hate for the show to end so soon, but too many great shows stretch on so long that they become a chore. Better to take the Breaking Bad model than the Walking Dead

The problem Walking Dead has is the source material created the timeline. They couldn't go faster or they would catch up to the comics.

"with all due respect, and remember I’m sayin’ it with all due respect, that idea ain’t worth a velvet painting of a whale and a dolphin gettin’ it on" - Ricky Bobby

Meh, that's a lame excuse, in my opinion. Why pay the show writers anything if they are so held back by source material? I know one of the biggest complaints about Game of Thrones is the timeline, but they at least still have a show that doesn't feel like a chore to watch every week.

Kirkman is still tied to the show in addition to the comics. He is only going to allow so much new material. Hard to say they are really doing anything wrong when a zombie show is one of the most watched shows on tv. Truth is, the writing is probably better now than it was in season one. There is just fatigue now to where viewers are bored with what was exciting early on. The same thing happens to nearly every show on tv.

"with all due respect, and remember I’m sayin’ it with all due respect, that idea ain’t worth a velvet painting of a whale and a dolphin gettin’ it on" - Ricky Bobby

Which brings us back to my point

too many great shows stretch on so long that they become a chore

And I agree with you on that point. My point is what are the showrunners to do in the case of TWD? If they call it quits, they stop short of the source material. If they keep going they run into problems of dragging out the material to stay behind the source material. The show would have probably been better as about 5 seasons created after the conclusion of the comics.

"with all due respect, and remember I’m sayin’ it with all due respect, that idea ain’t worth a velvet painting of a whale and a dolphin gettin’ it on" - Ricky Bobby

MOVED TO THE TWD THREAD

Thank you

uh paging Game of Thrones fans

Chem PhD '16

They can't go but so long before these kids are not kids any longer. I hope they maintain their likeability as 20-somethings, but that's not guaranteed by any stretch. #TeamDustinFTW

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is it spoiler time yet? Anyone on here not watched the full season?

I only just finished episode 4. Normally I watch netflix in bits and pieces, but I've wanted to give each episode enough time to watch it in one sitting and life doesn't allow for that so much. Just change the title to SPOILERS and I'll know not to check til I'm done.

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I'll open this up to everyone.... right now, this thread is spoiler-free through Friday to allow everyone 2 weeks to get through the series. But, if there are no objections, I can rename tomorrow to contain spoilers.

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

so is that a ... yes?

jk... will hold back few more days. no worries. enjoy

just started episode 9. Might even finish by the 11th...

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I absolutely loved Season 2, yeah it was a little more straight line than Season 1 (other than THE episode), but I feel like there were a lot of questions answered, and they left just enough unanswered to introduce some new story arcs, which is good because I want them to transition from storyline being centered around Will, and maybe moving to the storyline centering around someone else, or maybe even the group as a whole. I'm not holding my breath for Season 3 though (as much as I did season 2), they've knocked it out of the park 2 times, I am having a hard time seeing them do it again it a third time, I hope they can prove me wrong, but I have my doubts. There are only SO many ways that you can introduce this "powerful villain," and take the story into a "fresh" direction. Fingers crossed.

"...I'm getting a little tired of hearing how good everybody else is..." -Coach Fu [This week: 1-0]

I cannot determine what "The Episode" is that you are talking about. I have finished Season 2.

Year 3 is coming up!

When someone goes to Chicago.

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Ah Chicago home of two badass rock bands

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Rise Against and...Styx?

Helmet and chevelle

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Helmet is a New York band. Chevelle is decent though.

yeah that whole episode seemed out of place. The style and feel didn't match the rest of the show, the timing seemed weird and the characters they introduced were just kind of odd. I appreciated the added background and the potential for 8 in the next seasons, but all in all it seemed poorly handled.

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I didn't mind the episode as much as everyone else seemed to, but I do think it would have been better if they could have just worked it in across a a couple episodes so that it wasn't just an hour of a completely new subplot. And the characters around 8 were way too over the top weird.

Didn't know Spoilers were allowed now. They could have kept EL being alive a secret up to the point where she started killing the demodogs. That way her reveal would have been more dramatic. Then you get a flash back episode of what happened to her. It would have been much more exciting that way.

I thought for sure 8 was going to come back and help them get the Mind Flayer out of Will. That's the only reason I felt like that was out of place.

I think either 8 or 11 will get attacked by the Mind Flayer next season. And the one who is not attacked will be helping get the other person under control.

Also, very disappointed the big monster never showed up in the real world.

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They could have kept EL being alive a secret up to the point where she started killing the demodogs.

In "beyond stranger things" they talk about this. its pretty interesting hearing about the show from the creators. you should check it out.

I was kinda upset that they revealed her in the trailers, to be honest

They could have kept EL being alive a secret up to the point where she started killing the demodogs. That way her reveal would have been more dramatic.

Ehh. I'm not a fan of those types of reveals. They always feel like a surprise for the sake of being a surprise. I like they way the built tension around when the rest of the cast would find out she was alive. There were also a couple of points where you were hoping she'd show up to save the day. That tension wouldn't have been there if they waited until episode 8 to reveal she was alive.

On another note....We ahd a discussion on The OA....what happened to that?

Year 3 is coming up!

First season aired in December 16. I know it's been renewed, so probably looking at mid-December to February timeframe for season 2.

Just finished last night. What a show.

The BEST show, folks. Let me tell you.

Binged watched season 1 and 2 in 2 days and man oh man great show. Am I the only that realizes that there is a lot of truth in that series as far as government secrets? What was actually revealed while trying to keep it in the "fantasy" category? I'm sure I'm not the only conspiracy theorist on here.

Hokie Love!

The show itself is based on the goings on at Camp Hero at the end of Long Island after WWII, with the demagorgon being the Montauk Monster. Eleven's whole backstory is based on the rumored secretive mind-altering LSD testing that happened at the complex.

In fact, the original working title of the show was Montauk, before they pivoted and made it a little more fictional.

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

Aaaand I've found my internet rabbit hole of the day

Yeah that whole conspiracy theory is fascinating, because everything around Camp Hero is super secretive. And for me personally, its especially intriguing because my wife has a significant portion of her family who lived and grew up out there, as her grandfather was stationed at Camp Hero during that time.

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

Wow, no kidding man, seriously fascinating stuff, I love me a good conspiracy theory. If only they could tie this all to the Illuminati, I would be sold.

I've since branched out into reading about Project MK Ultra, which I used to think was just a beer for taking out on the golf course, but I digress. The CIA legit tested LSD on unsuspecting people, and even on some CIA employees without their knowledge, just to study that stuff for potential mind control and even time traveling. They gave LSD to some volunteers for SEVENTY SEVEN STRAIGHT DAYS, OH MY GOD. Seriously effed up stuff, I can only imagine what went through some of those test subjects' minds.

Hm...I still think of MK Ultra as Mortal Kombat Ultra.

Hard to convince my mind otherwise

Since we've come to the subject of conspiracy theories maybe someone could look into why we really lose the big nationally televised games. Looking at you ESPN. /s

Ok seriously now. Beyond 5 seasons and I think I'd be out. That being said I like the show as much for its 80's setting that reminds me of childhood as much nearly as the storyline.
but I don't see how you keep this storyline interesting longer than that. I mean law of averages says that eventually the mind flayers gotta win one. No? I mean hell not even VT's 0 for in big games.

HEY...SPOILERS.

But, really, I like that I forget the show is a horror series for most of it. It's like I'm watching Goonies and then it occasionally gets really tense and suspenseful.

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Happy Spoiler Day(Edit:Spoiler Day Eve...whoops), everyone.

Oh boy

The hell with it... at this point, you've had 2 weeks to get through 9 episodes...

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

Rudy deserved it

Original script for the season had him dying off much earlier in the series. He was supposed to eat it in the episode where he was telling Will to not back down from the monster. But then they hired Samwise Gangee

Also, props to the writers for not turning Paul Reiser evil in this season. I was fully expecting the Aliens-style turn for his character and they wisely pulled the fake.

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

Yeah I was still convinced he was a bad guy up until like episode 8 or 9

This season had so many nods to Aliens that I think it was wise of them not to go that route with Reiser's character. I actually really enjoyed his particular part and how it wraps up with making things "official" for Eleven and Hopper.

In an interview from before the season, the Duffers put out a list of movies people should watch before this season. Alien and Aliens were on there. I watched Gremlins the day before binging, and so the Dart storyline became kinda obvious.

RIP RUDY

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Alright.... so how completely f'd are Dustin and Hopper next season? Those 2 took full on Upside Down spore splooge to the face, and nothing happened this year? Uh huh.... Yeah, you KNOW that's going to take a major role down the line somewhere.

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

to be fair, Dustin was wearing goggles and a bandana across his face. So maybe not totally boned? I think he's in more danger from his farrah fawcett hairspray.

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SPOILER ALERT:

Totally did not see the whole Dustin's mom getting with the AV teacher thing. /s

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Was the Billy/Steve basketball showdown the worst/most hilarious on-screen basketball skills anyone has ever seen (excluding a certain team who failed to score 40 points in a Sweet 16 game)?

Halle Berry in Catwoman. Next question.

Lol that is pretty impressive. I may just have a hard time finding anything involving Halle Berry to be bad.

I can't stop laughing each time I watch this, and I have watched it many times.

Billy was such a good casting. I still can't believe that his haircut was something people did back then.

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It the follow up interview/series thing the actor who plays Billy mentioned that he had basically never payed basketball before. When he did the under the leg layup thing (which he wasn't really supposed to do) his celebration was genuine.

Sometimes I like to leave off the /s just to mess with people.

so who here thinks Billy woke up and checked the freezer looking for an ice pack or something?

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Are we just going to ignore the creepy journalist who got the teens drunk and told them to get it on?

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There is literally no one else who could have played that part better than Brett Gelman. Perfect casting

I think Steve Buscemi could have done a great job too. He always does creepy crazy dude so well.

“You got one guy going boom, one guy going whack, and one guy not getting in the endzone.”
― John Madden (describing VT's offense?)

He played that character to a tee. The vodka thing and dropping his food at the breakfast table. LMAO!

Did anyone else notice the total lack of parental control throughout? Hey where is Will he's been gone for days...oh he's fine!

Year 3 is coming up!

So how was the pullout?

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That joke was cheap to me.

I'm pretty sure nutjob journalists in the 80s used plenty of cheap jokes

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The parents being absent is a very 80s thing. My aunts and uncles describe growing up in an environment like that.

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Same. I remember getting up and heading out in the morning and coming back pretty late when I was a kid. Good ol days of my boys and our bikes.

My parents were none the wiser to me and my friend's shenanigans.

That was a thing until at least the early 2000s.

Yea and the dropping the food thing was a complete accident. They just rolled with it.

Sometimes I like to leave off the /s just to mess with people.

I totally expected 8 to trick the cops into shooting each other. I mean what she did is cool and all, but I expected a lot more badassery.

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I though 8 was going to help get the Mind Flayer out of Will. I don't know why that didn't happen. Would have pulled everything together.

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I don't think that would've worked. 8's talent is very different from 11's. It would be hard to envision how her particular skill set would work against the Mind Flayer. I also get the feeling that they're setting up 8 to be a villain in future seasons, so letting her save the day right now would make that more difficult. I'm guessing that an 8 vs 11 showdown is coming, probably in Season 4.

“You got one guy going boom, one guy going whack, and one guy not getting in the endzone.”
― John Madden (describing VT's offense?)

Well 8's ability is to literally play tricks on your MIND. Will was infected with a MIND flayer.

My thought was that she would access Will's mind and trick the Mind Flayer out of Will's body.

The Mind Flayer didn't know that 11 existed. I read somewhere that, next season will involve the Mind Flayer infecting 11. Which would make it easy for someone like 8 to come in and use her powers to do what I proposed should have happened to Will.

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That's an interesting theory. I hadn't considered that. Given that her ability appears to be limited to vision control, rather than all-out mind control, what kind of visions could she plant that would coax it out of El's or Will's body?

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Just one thought. They had to blast Will with lights and trick him into thinking he was somewhere completely different. 8 could have done that easily without even moving him anywhere. Also if 8 accessed Will's mind, she could theoretically access the Mind Flayers as well. Thus maybe making it look like hes under a fire attack when he isn't or something.

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farrah fawcett hairspray.

He was certainly stylin' the slick look! I do like all the characters but as far as sci fi goes this year was lame. I am just a hard sci fi fan nerd.

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Yeah, the whole Mind Flayer part this year was underwhelming. They hyped up this enormous monster that looked overwhelmingly powerful.... and then effectively put it in the mind of a short, skinny 12 year old boy who never really truly fought back.

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

Anybody else notice that Hop never told anybody about the tripwire?

Also, I'm pretty sure jabbing a glowing fire poker into the side of a 12 year old kid is going to leave a mark and possibly some tense moments between Will and Nancy

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I loved the new season outside of their experimental episode 7 featuring the most unlikable other super experiment they could have possibly conceived, completely obsessed with retributive justice.

I hate Nancy and Jonathan together, total overreaction to some people who wanted them together at the end of S1, despite the fact that her returning to Steve made the show unique and more realistic. Also, don't let it be lost on any of you how the scene where the crazy conspiracy guy got them heavily liquored up (illegal) and then encouraged them to sleep together in his house (super messed up and possibly illegal, can you encourage minors to have sex legally? wtf) was unbelievably weird and messed up. They tried to make it seem funny, but if you look at it for what it was, it was extremely messed up.

Other than that, I loved the character growth and really, thoroughly enjoyed the entire season. It was going to be impossible to capture the experience of the first season, but I thought they did a great job of keeping the story going outside of Nancy and Jonathan's unnecessary mailer subplot, which was weak and ultimately pretty pointless.

Of note, Stranger Things may have created the best example of true, uncorrupted love between two characters in Mike and El that I don't think has ever been so expertly captured on screen before. So hands off to them whether that was intentional or not, those kids are insanely talented.

The actors who play Nancy and Jonathan are dating, so that may have influenced the show.

BENNY, BARB, BRENNER, BOB.

IS BILLY NEXT?

Bob, Why did you stop running?!

I know I've said it before, but seriously, how hot is Mrs. Wheeler? Lord Jesus, wake up Ted!

The scene with Mike and El reuniting was just...powerful. I loved it.

Kind of upset that we still don't really understand what the upside down is, outside of fan educated guesses.

Loved this season, even episode 7.

Anyone else getting Dungeons and Dragons, just to figure out what the next bad thing will be?

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Am I the only one that thought Max and Billy were somehow related to the new head scientist? Like that was there dad, and they were forced to move from California to there after Papa died?

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They technically aren't even related to each other, but I like the theory anyway

Theory debunked when the Step father came in and kicked Billy's ass. I thought the mom was single from the Divorce. That part felt kind of weird to be honest thinking about it.

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Definitely picked up a Henry Bowers vibe from that scene.

Yeah I could have done without that subplot, personally. Seemed forced like they wanted to make sure you didn't hate Billy too much, but then did nothing to redeem his character. They just made him even worse when he went all Edward Norton vs the Blonde guy in Fight Club on Steve

It definitely seemed like they were there to do something specifically, at first. I thought there was more to the story for the first few episodes.

Especially with the way Billy was acting.

Absolutely - the way Billy was acting the first few episodes, it seemed like there was something off about him, and not in a 'he's just an asshole' kind of way. Him almost running down the kids in his car, looking back, now just seems a bit over the top. I get there are assholes out there, but that scene was too much. They seemed to be setting it up that there was something mysterious about him and Max.... and they never followed through.

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

dunno if it had to be something more to Billy running the kids of the road . where I grew up there was a Bobby that would scare the shit out of kids riding down the road on there bikes with his lifted toyota pickup. Would see you down the road and hit the gas bearing down on you and turning away WAY TO CLOSE, blasting late 80s / early 90s music the whole time. Dude was just a gigantic douche.

Was primus a part of that music?

I want to taste dirty A stinging pistol In my mouth On my tounge

He was seen outdoors, so probably not.

Hmmmm I don't know if this is a insult to primus or not

I want to taste dirty A stinging pistol In my mouth On my tounge

More a commentary on stereotypical Primus fans. Primus is a nerd band, like Rush back in the day. Except Rush was actually good. Primus fuckin blows.

Nah, Primus sucks

Someone hasn't listen to frizzle fry

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PRIMUS SUCKS!!!

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Oh we're doing spoilers now.

anyone else catch that El's mom (or is she?) did not send her to Chicago to find 8 to hone her power but to save herself from the mind trap she is in. Kali's mohawk'd friend said she saved them all from their own minds and that's why they follow her. I suppose El didn't catch that because she was caught up in finding her sister but it's clear that Kali will come back for that IMO.

Btw, how does Kali have an accent? she grew up with all white male Americans.

I think Hopper is gonna run afoul of the upside down due to the spray in the face and the kids are gonna have to save him next season. I think that is going to involve El's power and Will's intimate connection to the upside down.

Also anyone else notice that Hopper's blue bracelet he got from his daughter was on El's wrist at the dance?

Loved Steve and Dustin. Just fantastic. I really hope Steve's arc continues it's upward trend.

and as side note, apparently I had a MUCH different childhood than some of you. The idea of absentee parents was not really a thing where I was from. You just stayed at friends house and in the era of nothing but a land line, your parents generally just trusted you were at your friends and said friend's parents were watching you. So it was EXTREMELY easy to escape parental attention by lying to parents about where you are staying at. And yes even during middle school age. We would stay out all night causing trouble or doing whatever.

the whole teen sex thing was... well, common where I come from during the 80s and 90s. So while yes creepy, it was definitely going on in those days and sometimes in full knowledge of an "adult", which could have been an older brother or sister.

Kali was stolen from her parents, if I recall correctly. From London.

correct.

8 was taken when she was 5 or 6. That's why she had the accent, not as a baby. The newspaper article confirmed it and she was from England.

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yeah, you guys are right. I forgot. Probably because I binged it the day after it came out. good call and leg to both of you

So these kids are talented.

Sometimes I like to leave off the /s just to mess with people.

Bob's death, while I'm ok with it, feels like it was only done to push the narrative of Joyce and Hopper becoming a couple...which I'm not really a fan of.

I'm not really a fan of Jonathan and Nancy together either. Fan service I guess.

Yea about half way through the season I was wondering how they were going to get rid of Bob since he was such a good guy in an effort to get Joyce and Hopper together. I figured they would either reveal him to have a secret dark/evil side or they would give him a noble death.

Sometimes I like to leave off the /s just to mess with people.

Haha, I think everyone thought Bob was an undercover agent...until he died.

And then we realized Bob was too good for this world :(

I was hoping Bob was going to survive. IT finally caught up to him in the form of a demadog.

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I wanted him to survive too, but the second he went off on his own I was like...

You're gonna fucking die, Bob.

I don't know why, but

You're gonna fucking die, Bob.

Is cracking me up.

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Things I don't need while showering in a public setting:

1. Some dude trying to go all alpha male
2. Said alpha male trying to give me unwanted/unneeded advice
3. Said alpha male calling me pretty
4. Asshole named Tommy chiming in on the unnecessarily awkward convo.

God, I wish Tommy would fucking get got, and his girlfriend.

A lot of 80s movies had scenes that took place in "the showers". I think it was the Duffer Brothers staying true to the era.

To me, what makes this series so great, is the fact that not only was it set in the 80s it looks like it was filmed in the 80s.

The Lethal Weapon 6 shower scene is the greatest shower scene of all time

it looks like it was filmed in the 80s.

YESSS!! I was trying to put my finger on it, but that's totally it. That's why if feels like you could be watching goonies or something. It's not just content, it's style. They went all in on appealing to 80's kids. It's not like Mad Men that was neat in that the content was straight out of the 60's, but otherwise would have been a modern day show.

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Ketchup on a Waffel

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Lmao

My brain registered it as a waffle fry.

That's fucking gross hahaha

Not to mention it already looks disgusting since it looks like I'm squeezing nose bleed onto my food

I would have liked to get a little bit more information about what exactly the Upside Down is. I felt like that part of Season 2 was very much glossed over. I will agree that it was done in a very 80s esque "the government is incompetent and really doesn't seem too worried about this glowing evil portal, cracking jokes about having to light it on fire every so often" kind of way. But still would have liked to get a bit more info on the Upside Down itself.

We still got glimpses of the completely pitch black dimension Eleven can access where she first came in contact with the Demogorgon, which continues to suggest the 2 are 2 entirely separate "realms", but obviously connected to the Upside Down and our own dimension somehow.

The "In Between."

Virginia Tech would walk right up to you and punch you in the neck. They're just tougher. Cowherd 3:16

I don't understand what the demagorgon was doing there, or did she just contact it via the in-between and that's how it picked up on her and our plane of existence?

The "in between" is solely a plane of consciousness, not a physical place. Eleven's body never leaves the sensory deprivation tank, and the people she contacts aren't in the in between. And most of those sequences, it seems like the other party is only aware of a disturbance, but not necessarily of Eleven, and certainly not in a physical form. Except the Demagorgon, who was able to track her.

On episode 7 but this season has moved slow. I feel like it has taken forever to get to this action in last two episodes.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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Paul Reiser is an underrated comedian and actor! Great addition to the cast.

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

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Bob was offsides.

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Not too bad but not NFL lipsync.

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