It’s the summer of love, and for those without someone warm to spend the cold nights with, desperation is sinking in. Also, the rats are starting to explode.
|Director(s)||The Duffer Brothers|
|Writer(s)||The Duffer Brothers|
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It’s A Lonely Life: Steve, Robin, Hopper, Joyce
With Steve not heading to college, he is stuck in Hawkins, working at the mall, getting rejected left and right. All of which is entertaining for his co-worker Robin, who is even keeping a scoreboard. But Steve isn’t the only one lonely in the summer of 85’. Hopper, still longing for Joyce, has to deal with his daughter getting more affection than him, and he is a bit jealous. But, loneliness turns to envy quick as Joyce rejects him. For while she is lonely too, she doesn’t just want anyone. Who she wants is Bob.
To Be Young & In Love: El, Mike, Hopper, Lucas, Max, Dustin
But while there are many lonely people, there are also quite a few in love. El and Mike, for example? Well, they are making out so much that it leaves them breathing heavy like they just had a workout. Which is why Hopper, being the hater he is, also El’s father, would love for them to break up. However, seeing that isn’t likely to happen, instead, he has a heart to heart with Mike. Something to instill some fear into him.
As that happens, Dustin is trying to convince everyone he has a girlfriend, though it is questionable if “Suzie” exists or not. Especially since there is this Mormon excuse as to why they can’t talk on the phone and instead need to speak by radio. Which everyone humors but Lucas is one of the first to poke a hole in this possible lie. In fact, he and Max, who may or may not be a thing, are the first to give up on Dustin’s quest to prove he has a girlfriend when really, he just accidentally has a connection to the Russians.
Something Is Going On: Nancy, Billy, Will
Russians who are trying to reopen the gate the Americans have closed. But, unlike the chaos which erupted before, it seems the Russians are mostly doing well. In fact, it seems they decided to use that gate to travel back to Hawkins and stir things up. Thus leading to Will getting goosebumps, Nancy learning about a rat issue, and Billy being dragged in to see it first hand.
Question(s) Left Unanswered
- Who goes swimming, in a chlorine-filled pool, with makeup on?
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El Having A Normal Life, Overprotective Dad Included
While Hopper’s reaction is arguably rooted in jealousy/envy, you got to admire him being a protective dad and worried about his supernatural daughter. For while it has gone unsaid, can you imagine how El would react if Mike broke her heart? Especially since all they want to do is be normal, make out, giggle, and hold hands. You know, the cute stuff.
Which we all know won’t last, because this is El we’re talking about, but what’s a hero without something to lose?
Joyce and Hopper’s Loneliness
Apart from Joyce’s loneliness keeping memories of Bob alive, it is also nice for her storyline not to be freaking out over Will for once. That and we get to see her and Hopper have some scenes together – even if he misreads things and keeps pushing for them to be more than friends. Which, in a way, you kind of want for Hopper, since he and Joyce have history and he has no life, but it can’t always be what seems destined. Sometimes, we just don’t get fan service.
Main Street Has Been Dying For A Long Time, Huh?
It’s interesting to see and hear the idea of malls killing main street, especially in a period where Walmart and Amazon are the latest threats to small businesses. Making this episode feel like a reminder that downtown areas have long been considered under attack yet somehow survived. Even in small towns.
On The Fence
Human villains on Stranger Things have always been a bit meh. Billy was a bully, but also there was this push for him to be misunderstood. I’d submit he was even geared to be your YA novel kind of bad boy. As for the rest? Dr. Brenner was underwhelming and season 2 didn’t really have a human villain. So one can only hope if the Russians are made to be enemies, not just idiots messing with things they shouldn’t, they come with something notable for their season arc.
Stranger Things - Episode List
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|Season/ Episode||Synopsis||Episode Information||Topics & Focused Characters|
|Season 3, Episode 8 "Chapter Eight: The Battle of Starcourt" [Season Finale]||While the finale sets up a season 4, it makes clear that things won’t be the same. Either because of what happens during the fight with the Mind Flayer or the decisions made after.|
|Season 3, Episode 4 “Chapter Four: The Sauna Test”||We’re halfway through the season and are treated to El’s first fight with the Mind Flayer. Which happens to coincide with a new development when it comes to the Russians.|
|Season 3, Episode 3 “Chapter 3: The Case of the Missing Lifeguard”||The Russians land in Hawkins, and alongside them, the Mind Flayer’s plans begin to come to fruition.|
|Season 3, Episode 5 “Chapter Five: The Flayed”||As the Mind Flayer shows both a weakness and strength, Hopper meets up with an old friend and Steve’s crew make a grand discovery|
|Season 3, Episode 6 “Chapter Six: E. Pluribus Unum”||On top of learning why the Russians are in Hawkins, El ventures into Billy’s past and discovers why he is the way he is – in more ways than one.|
|Season 3, Episode 7 “Chapter Seven: The Bite”||Two secrets are revealed, we experience the first notable death of the season, and the gang begins to converge as the Mind Flayer makes its first major move.|
|Season 3, Episode 2 “Chapter 2: The Mall Rats”||As Billy becomes a pawn to the Mind Flayer, Dustin helps integrate Robin into the crew. Also, El comes to Max about boy problems.|
|Season 3, Episode 1 “Chapter 1: Suzie, Do You Copy?” [Season Premiere]||It’s the summer of love, and for those without someone warm to spend the cold nights with, desperation is sinking in. Also, the rats are starting to explode.|
|Season 1/ Episode 2 “Chapter 2: The Weirdo on Maple Street”||As Eleven begins to freak-out Lucas and Dustin, the search for Will leads to weird situations. All the while, Nancy might lose more than her virginity.|
|Season 1/ Episode 3 “Chapter Three: Holly, Jolly”||The truth about Eleven lurks about as something is contacting Joyce through lights.|
|Season 1/ Episode 4 “Chapter Four: The Body”||While one missing person we are given some hope for, it doesn’t look good for the other one at all.|
|Season 1/ Episode 5 “Chapter Five: The Flea and the Acrobat”||It’s the day of Will’s funeral and while the fake body is being put into the ground, the search for the real Will intensifies.|
|Season 1/ Episode 6 “Chapter 6: The Monster”||As Hopper and Joyce meet Terry Ives, Dustin and Mike go on a search for Eleven. Also, Jonathan and Nancy grow closer.|
|Season 1/ Episode 7 “Chapter Seven: The Bathtub”||The penultimate episode of the season brings us one step closer to Will possibly being saved. But, with the way he looks, it seems time is running out.|
|Season 1/ Episode 8 “Chapter 8: The Upside Down” [Season Finale]||And so Season 1 comes to an end with a few touching moments but some eyebrow-raising events and a sacrifice.|
|Season 2/ Episode 1 “Chapter 1: MADMAX” [Season Premiere]||The boys are back and there is a new girl who may tear them apart. That is, if this thing Will sees doesn’t get to them first.|
|Season 2/ Episode 2 “Trick or Treat, Freak”||As Will confides in Mike, and Nancy gets tired of everyone acting like Barbara isn’t gone, something is afoot with the local plant life.|
|Season 2/ Episode 3 “The Pollywog”||As Will continues to deal with his ability to go to the Upside Down, Dustin discovers what came out of Will last year. Alongside that, Eleven meets Max.|
|Season 2/ Episode 4 “Chapter Four: Will The Wise”||As Eleven shows she cannot be tamed or punished, Will reveals his truth and Nancy seeks to expose Hawkins’ Labs.|
|Season 2/ Episode 5 “Chapter Five: Dig Dug”||As three new people learn the truth of what happened last year and now, there comes the question of who will suffer the consequences.|
|Season 2/ Episode 6 “Chapter Six: The Spy”||The first major battle goes down against the shadow monster’s babies as new relationships, romantic and platonic, form.|
|Season 2/ Episode 7 “The Lost Sister”||It’s a completely Eleven (Jane) focused episode and honestly, it makes you wish they mixed in the other cast members.|
|Season 2/ Episode 8 “Chapter Eight: The Mind Flayer”||Things get as bad as the last episode would make you think as you find yourself wondering how will the people of Hawkins, not just the cast, survive?|
|Season 2/ Episode 9 “Chapter Nine: The Gate” [Season Finale]||Unlike a lot of shows, Stranger Things: Season 2 ends with giving you something to get hyped about, a bit of fan service, and presenting a calm before the storm.|
|Season 1/ Episode 1 “Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers” [Series Premiere]||Stranger Things begins with an odd monster lurking about a small town. One in no way prepared for its otherworldly powers.||Creator: The Duffer Brothers|