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Stranger Things: Season 3, Episode 5 “Chapter Five: The Flayed” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

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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


Network
Netflix
Director(s)Uta Briesewitz
Writer(s)Paul Dichter
Air Date7/4/2019
Introduced This Episode
GrigoriAndrey Ivchenko
AlexeiAlec Utgoff

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Recap

A Wild Goose Chase To A Crazy Goose: Grigori, Murray, Joyce, Alexei, Hopper

Thanks to the information they got from Larry, Joyce and Hopper find a house which has two Russian engineers. Problem is, neither speak English, and then Grigori shows up and does his impression of the Terminator. Leading to Hopper and Joyce kidnapping one engineer, Alexei, and bringing him to Murray since no one else speaks Russian in the area. As that happens, Grigori is on their trail, ready for another round.

Grigori (Andrey Ivchenko) hunting Hopper and Joyce.
Grigori (Andrey Ivchenko)

Below The Starcourt: Robin, Steve, Dustin, Erica

Due to sheer luck, not only do Steve, Robin, Dustin, and Erica get out of the elevator, but they trek ridiculously long hallways without being seen. Also, they make it into a communications room without being found, despite passing a Dr. Evil styled set on the way, and Steve even knocks out a soldier. But rather than make a quick exit, Robin gets curious and finds out the Russians are opening a gate to the upside-down. Basically repeating the same stupidity the Americans did a season before.

The Contingency Plan: Tom, El, Mike, Lucas, Max, Jonathan, Nancy, Will

With what she discovers, Nancy makes sure to gather Jonathan, Will, and his friends to talk about what they’ve known and seen, and prepare their next move. Which, originally, was to go see Mrs. Driscoll. However, all they find, Jonathan and Nancy, is Tom and his associate who either try to kill them or knock them out to add to the Mind Flayer’s army. But, as luck would have it, hit one person it damages the other, so their combined forces allow them to defeat Tom and his friend.

Though that doesn’t mean they are safe. With killing (?) Tom and his peer means the Mind Flayer’s goop liquefies the body and seeks to reconfigure. Leading to a monster bigger than any Demogorgon we’ve ever seen.

One of the Mind Flayer's monsters.

As for what the kids were doing during all this? Well, Will was being a fifth wheel, as Lucas and Max made up, as well as Mike and El. But as the lights flicker, he reminds everyone that they didn’t come to the hospital to hang out and steal snacks from a vending machine.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. So is killing someone formerly possessed by the Mind Flayer considered murder?

Highlights

The Fight Scenes

While we won’t know who dies this season until further towards the end, I’d be lying if I didn’t say I thought Jonathan was a goner. But, even for those who weren’t likely to die, you had to admire the back and forth tussles. Be it Grigori and Hopper, or even Nancy holding her own against Tom’s blonde friend. Granted, she got as lucky as Jonathan, but considering El could have been raised anywhere and not have returned to Hawkins in season 2, luck is a pretty big thing when it comes to survival.

On The Fence

All Those Russians & Tech, Yet They Didn’t Have Cameras?

From 10-year-old Erica to Steve who is 18, maybe 19 at most, the fact they can sneak past and knock out trained soldiers is laughable. Especially considering CCTV and security cameras were made in the 1940s, and when have Russians, specifically the KGB, not have a strong association with spying and surveillance? So the fact not a single camera caught these 4, or no one heard them, seems very strange.

Yet, we have gone through 2 seasons of everyday people, minus El, somehow taking on demonic-looking creatures and the US government and coming out alive. Minus Barb and Bob.

Rekindling Romances

El smiling towards Mike.

Unpopular Opinion: Most of the couples, if not all of them, on this show don’t have much chemistry. At least, at this point of the show, none of them come off that cute. Nancy takes advantage of Jonathan left and right. Joyce being with Hopper would strictly be because she doesn’t have better options vs. her choosing him because he is the one she wants. Then, with the kids, again there is this sense of convenience. El with Mike is because that’s her first love, the first person who was consistently nice to her, and because no one else is likely to approach her.

Then with Sadie, similar to Robin, it seems like they are way too cool for their love interest, yet because their love interest are OGs on the show, they have to have someone. So, whether they seem like a good match or not, they will be smooching and have to deal with it. Thus reminding you that on top of paying homage to many films and classic shows, Stranger Things also is subject to borrowing their storylines as well and not always their best ones.

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Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode InformationTopics & 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.
Director(s)The Duffer Brothers
Writer(s)The Duffer Brothers
Air Date7/4/2019
Introduced This Episode
SuzieGabriella Pizzolo
  • A Battle To End All Battles: Murray, Dustin, Lucas, Will, Jonathan, Nancy, Mike, Max, Billy, El, Hopper, Joyce, Robin, Steve
  • This Is The End: Billy, Hopper, Max, Joyce, Suzie, Murray, Dustin, Mike, El, Grigori
  • 3 Months Later: Hopper, El, Mike, Joyce, Max
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.
Director(s)Shawn Levy
Writer(s)Kate Trefry
Air Date7/4/2019
Noted This Episode
Mayor Larry KlineCary Elwes
Mrs. DriscollPeggy Miley
Karen WheelerCara Buono
  • A Woman Ahead Of Her Time: Tom, Jonathan, Mrs. Wheeler, Nancy, Mrs. Driscoll
  • Starcourt Mall Controversy: Larry, Joyce, Hopper, Robin, Dustin, Steve, Erica
  • Battle 1: Billy, El, Mike, Max, Lucas, Will
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.
Director(s)Shawn Levy
Writer(s)William Bridges
Air Date7/4/2019
Introduced This Episode
TomMichael Park
HeatherFrancesca Reale
  • The Way Things Used To Be: Will, Lucas, Mike, Hopper, Joyce
  • The Investigation Continues: Robin, Steve, Dustin, Nancy, Jonathan
  • There Is Something Strange About Your Brother: El, Max, Billy, Tom, Heather
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
Director(s)Uta Briesewitz
Writer(s)Paul Dichter
Air Date7/4/2019
Introduced This Episode
GrigoriAndrey Ivchenko
AlexeiAlec Utgoff
  • A Wild Goose Chase To A Crazy Goose: Grigori, Murray, Joyce, Alexei, Hopper
  • Below The Starcourt: Robin, Steve, Dustin, Erica
  • The Contingency Plan: Tom, El, Mike, Lucas, Max, Jonathan, Nancy, Will
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.
Director(s)Uta Briesewitz
Writer(s)Curtis Gwinn
Air Date7/4/2019
  • Paging Dr. Owens: Alexei, Murray, Joyce, Hopper
  • Catching Up On Old Times: Erica, Dustin, Robin, Steve
  • A Mind Is A Terrible Place To Visit: El, Billy, Mike, Max, Nancy
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.
Director(s)The Duffer Brothers
Writer(s)The Duffer Brothers
Air Date7/4/2019
  • Goodbye Comrade: Alexei, Murray, Larry, Joyce, Hopper, Grigori
  • A Major Blow To El: El, Mike, Max, Lucas, Nancy
  • The Gang Is, Mostly, All Here: El, Erica, Steve, Robin, Dustin
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.
Director(s)The Duffer Brothers
Writer(s)The Duffer Brothers
Air Date7/4/2019
  • Raving Rabid Rats: Nancy, Jonathan
  • Stupid Boys: Robin, Dustin, Steve, Max, El, Mike, Lucas
  • It’s Something I Needed To Do: Joyce, Hopper, Billy, Mr. Clark
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.
Director(s)The Duffer Brothers
Writer(s)The Duffer Brothers
Air Date7/4/2019
Introduced This Episode
RobinMaya Hawke
  • It’s A Lonely Life: Steve, Robin, Hopper, Joyce
  • To Be Young & In Love: El, Mike, Hopper, Lucas, Max, Dustin
  • Something Is Going On: Nancy, Billy, Will
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.
Director(s)Matt and Ross Duffer
Writer(s)Matt and Ross Duffer
Notable Guest Stars
LonnieRoss Partridge
  • A Family In Tatters: Joyce, Jonathan
  • So, My Parents Won’t Be Home: Steve, Nancy, Barbara, Jonathan
  • The Search Continues: Lucas, Dustin, Mike, Eleven, Sheriff Hopper
Season 1/ Episode 3 “Chapter Three: Holly, Jolly”The truth about Eleven lurks about as something is contacting Joyce through lights.
Director(s)Shawn Levy
Writer(s)Matt and Ross Duffer

Notable Guest Stars

NicoleGlennellen Anderson
Terry IvesAimee Mullins
  • Have You Seen Barbara?: Barbara, Nancy, Jonathan
  • What Happens In Hawkins, Stays In Hawkins: Dr. Benner, Eleven, Hopper
  • The Body In The Water: Joyce, Eleven, Mike, Lucas, Dustin, Hopper
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.
Director(s)Shawn Levy
Writer(s)Justin Doble
  • A Body Is Found: Mike, Joyce, Eleven
  • Looking for Barbara: Steve, Nancy, Jonathan
  • And The Lie Detector Test Determined, That Is A Lie: Joyce, Hopper, Will, Eleven, Mike
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.
Director(s)The Duffer Brothers
Writer(s)Alison Tatlock
  • Did You Ever Really Care?: Lonnie, Joyce
  • Don’t Ever Underestimate the Hopper: Sheriff Hopper, Joyce
  • The Upside Down: Eleven, Nancy, Jonathan, Mike, Lucas, Dustin
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.
Director(s)The Duffer Brothers
Writer(s)Jessie Nickson-Lopez
Newly Introduced Characters
Becky IvesAmy Seimetz
  • Love Makes a Boy do Foolish Things: Nancy, Jonathan, Steve
  • Jane: Hopper, Joyce, Terry, Becky
  • The Search for Eleven: Lucas, Mike, Dustin, Eleven
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.
Director(s)The Duffer Brothers
Writer(s)Justin Doble
  • The Bad Men Are Coming: Eleven, Mike, Lucas, Karen, Dr. Benner
  • Should I Stay Or Should I Go: Nancy, Jonathan, Hopper, Joyce, Mike, Lucas, Eleven, Dustin, Mr. Clarke, Will
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.
Director(s)The Duffer Brothers
Writer(s)(Teleplay) The Duffer Brothers | (Story) Paul Duchter
Characters Introduced
SarahElle Graham
  • Sarah & Will: Hopper, Joyce, Dr. Benner
  • The Hunt For The Demogorgon & Eleven: Jonathan, Nancy, Steve, Eleven, Mike, Lucas, Dustin, Dr. Benner
  • One Month Later: Will, Hopper, Mike, Dustin, Lucas, Joyce, Jonathan, Steve
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.
Director(s)The Duffer Brothers
Writer(s)The Duffer Brothers
Characters Introduced
MurrayBrett Gelman
MaxSadie Sink
BobSean Astin
Dr. OwensPaul Reiser
KaliLinnea Berthelsen
MerrilFenton Lawless
  • Less Than Eleven: Kali
  • What Is Normal?: Dustin, Max, Lucas, Mike, Will, Jonathan, Nancy, Dustin, Joyce
  • Gone But Not Forgotten: Hopper, Joyce, Dr. Owens, Murray, Mike
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.
Director(s)The Duffer Brothers
Writer(s)The Duffer Brothers
Characters Introduced
EricaPriah Ferguson
Mrs. SinclairKaren Ceesay
BillyDacre Montgomery
SamanthaShea Jones
  • How Eleven & Hopper Met Up: Eleven
  • It’s Like Everyone Forgotten: Nancy, Steve, Jonathan
  • Welcome To The Party: Max, Lucas, Dustin, Will, Mike, Billy
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.
Director(s)Shawn Levy
Writer(s)Justin Doble
  • I Thought We Had a Deal?: Dr. Owens, Hopper
  • The Truth Has To Be Told: Steve, Nancy, Jonathan
  • You Don’t Even Know What You Did: Will, Dustin, Eleven, Max, Mike
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.
Director(s)Shawn Levy
Writer(s)Paul Dichter
  • Raising a Child with Tekekinses & Who Hates Liars: Hopper, Eleven
  • We’re Going To Burn That Place Down: Nancy, Jonathan, Dr. Owens
  • Telling Your Secrets Don’t Always Lead To Answers: Max, Dustin, Mike, Lucas, Joyce, Will, Hopper
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.
Director(s)Andrew Stanton
Writer(s)Jessie Nickson-Lopez
Characters Introduced
Mr. SinclairArnell Powell
  • The Return of Murray: Nancy, Jonathan, Murray
  • What Happened to Momma?: Becky, Terry, Eleven
  • Gain One, Lose One: Hopper, Joyce, Bob, Will, Mike
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.
Director(s)Andrew Stanton
Writer(s)Kate Trefry
  • Let’s State The Obvious Here: Murray, Nancy, Jonathan
  • You Got A Friend In Me: Max, Lucas, Dustin, Steve
  • Face-Off: Will, Max, Lucas, Dustin, Steve, Mike, Dr. Owens
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.
Director(s)Rebecca Thomas
Writer(s)Justin Doble
Characters Introduced
AxelJames Landry Herbert
DottieAnna Jacoby-Heron
RayPruitt Taylor Vince
MickGabrielle Maiden
FunshineKai L. Greene
  • Sister: Eleven, Kali
  • The Divergent Paths: Kali, Eleven
  • No One Can Save Me, But I Can Save Them: Eleven, Kali
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?
Director(s)The Duffer Brothers
Writer(s)The Duffer Brothers
Characters Introduced
SusanJennifer Marshall
NeilWill Chase
  • The Apple & The Tree: Billy
  • Why Can’t Joyce Have Nice Things?: Bob, Dr. Owens, Joyce, Hopper
  • The Mind Flayer: Will, Mike, Jonathan, Hopper, Eleven, Joyce, Nancy
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.
Director(s)The Duffer Brothers
Writer(s)The Duffer Brothers
  • The Bench Players: Steve, Mike, Lucas, Dustin, Max, Billy
  • The Exorcism of Will Byers & Closing of the Gate: Will, Joyce, Jonathan
  • Hawkins Middle School 1984 Snow Ball: Nancy, Dustin, Steve, Joyce, Hopper, Max, Lucas, Eleven, Mike
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
Rekindling Romances - 75%
All Those Russians & Tech, Yet They Didn’t Have Cameras? - 70%
The Fight Scenes - 85%

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