As Billy becomes a pawn to the Mind Flayer, Dustin helps integrate Robin into the crew. Also, El comes to Max about boy problems.
|Director(s)||The Duffer Brothers|
|Writer(s)||The Duffer Brothers|
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Raving Rabid Rats: Nancy, Jonathan
With Nancy far from satisfied making coffee and getting lunch, she drags Jonathan to investigate a lead on local rats. Which, at first, is weird but seems like a dud. However, after uncovering one of the rats and seeing how it bounces about, the opinion changes. But, what Nancy and Jonathan don’t see is the rat become goop and seemingly evolve into a Demogorgon.
Stupid Boys: Robin, Dustin, Steve, Max, El, Mike, Lucas
After Hopper scares the daylights out of him, Mike decides he shouldn’t be spending that much time with El. This, as you can imagine, messes with El since Mike is pretty consistent. Not only that, after the events of the first two seasons, Mike became one of the people she trusts and loves the most. So, him suddenly becoming secretive and unable to hang out? Red flag. Leading to El turning to Max since it isn’t like she has anyone else to talk to.
Problem is, when it comes to Max, she is off and on with Lucas so much she probably isn’t the best one to go to for advice. But with El is disarray, Max considers that to be more than enough of a reason for them to go shopping. With whose money? I don’t know. However, El gets some nice things, and after spending the day with Max, when she sees Mike, she dumps him when he can’t answer her questions and tries to defend himself with lies. You know, rather than just saying Hopper threatened him.
And while there is drama in the group, Dustin is making the most of his time with Steve – his only true friend. Someone who joins him in trying to translate the Russian message but not without much difficulty. Making Robin helping immensely awesome, especially since it seems she is now part of the crew. Maybe even a potential love interest for Steve, after Nancy cheated on him.
It’s Something I Needed To Do: Joyce, Hopper, Billy, Mr. Clark
Hopper is having a hell of a summer. On top of his daughter making kissy-face with some boy on a regular basis, he can’t even get Joyce to commit to a dinner thing, not date, and show up. For with there being an issue with magnets, she instead decides to hang out with Mr. Clark, the local science teacher. Leaving Hopper embarrassed and this is after a day of cleaning up the mayor’s petty mess.
But, you know who may really have it bad? Billy. Whether he thinks the devil is talking to him, or he is possessed, he finds himself unable to focus, even unable to flirt. So it seems, to calm that evil inside of him, he kidnaps his co-worker and offers her up to the Mind Flayer. Making it so the Mind Flayer will soon have the army it desires.
Question(s) Left Unanswered
- Were Max and El spending Max’s money since I don’t think El was ever taught the concept of cash?
- Does Billy think he is working with the devil, an alien, or what?
How Essential Dustin Is To The Show
Perhaps it is just me, but it seems Dustin often gets the short end of the stick when it comes to the show. Yet, I’d submit he is the most essential character. Take note when new characters are introduced, usually, Dustin is involved with helping them get acclimated. Also, look at what he did with Steve. He turned Nancy’s ex into a lovable babysitter.
Also, in terms of the weird things which happen on this show, outside of El, who was one of the first to usually experience and interact with such things outside of the upside-down? If this were a game show, Dustin would be the host and while, yeah, the contestants ranging from El and Will to Billy might have bigger storylines, but who is the one who gets things going? Much less, not only gets things going but makes them interesting?
The Diversity Of The Girls On The Show
From El to Robin, no two girls are the same on this program, and you gotta love it. Granted, most of them are on the thin side, we don’t have a new Barb type, but at least they aren’t all like Nancy right? Max, while a tomboy, still likes to be girly at times, as shown by her shopping/ mall day with El. Then with Robin, she is just different. You can’t really box her for she, currently, doesn’t fit an archetype. Robin is simply a person who happens to be a girl.
On The Fence
El & Mike Going Back And Forth
With Max having the influence she does, so comes El thinking going back and forth, in and out of a relationship, is normal. Which honestly is going to suck not in terms of shipping Mike and El, but because the point of the back and forth is to remind you these two are kids. Yet, who knows, maybe this could lead to someone new approaching El? If not us getting to actually see Max and Lucas as a couple more?
Plus, the big thing to think about here, if El is single that means she will get more girl time with Max. Leading to maybe them talking about life and having conversations the boys won’t get. For, up until now, El has solely been surrounded by guys and formerly saw Max as a threat. So with that no longer being the case, it opens a whole new world. At least if Kali never comes around.
Hopper is at his best when he is being put to use. So while it will take some time for him to get involved in Billy’s mess, unfortunately, we’ll likely be stuck with him moping about. Here is hoping, with only 8 episodes, things pick up for Hopper soon.
In my mind, Nancy is just boring, and with Jonathan being a lovesick puppy following her around, it doesn’t help things at all. Heck, even considering she is likely to end up part of the season finale battle, there is no hype here. Nancy is just another character, similar to the parents of the kids, minus Joyce and Hopper, who don’t feel essential but we get stuck with her more often than the rest.
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|