Stranger Things: Chapter 2 Review


Read Chapter 1 here!

Chapter 2: The Weirdo on Maple Street

This picks up right after the end of Chapter 1, so you don’t have to guess when the timeline is.

That’s one of the things I really enjoyed about this series – the flow is not choppy, and it feels like it really could have taken place in a small town. Even if it is creepy and not at all like the town you’d want to grow up in.

I don’t want to be harsh, but I do think it needs to be said. I have seen a few other reviews of Stranger Things, and the idea that Lucas is the “TBG” annoys me. He’s a strong, loyal, and passionate member of the group, and not at all someone I would see as a tag-a-long like a couple people suggested. Lucas speaks his mind, and isn’t afraid of being the unpopular voice of reason. I can see his tongue and tenacity getting him into trouble though, so as much as I adore this kid, he’s gonna have to watch it, or he could get himself and others in a heap of a mess. *fingers crossed though that he’s not made out to be the “TBG” of the show*.

I love how Mike is towards El. Honestly, the interaction between Mike and El is not forced, and it feels natural. I think it is a bit forced between the other boys, and the fact that you can sense that will likely play a part in the upcoming chapters. For now though, his thoughtfulness solidifies  his “decent guy” persona in my books. I officially think Mike is a good guy.

I have to laugh at the 22” television screen being double the size of Lucas’, and I’m quite surprised how El responds to the recliner. I’m not even kidding, I thought she’d bolt from the room, frightened out of her wits.

About another chair – I’m loving how Joyce is evolving in this series. That scene with the phone and the chair – priceless and so real. That would be me. Completely.

I’m just sad that she’s not able to pay for all the things she needs right now. Maybe that’s a good thing, because if she could, she might have fallen into a bottle instead of being so determined to find her son. It’s very easy for people to assume they wouldn’t be that manic over their child disappearing, but I could ‘go there’ with panic and fear and self-guilt; it wouldn’t be at all difficult to be consumed by the overwhelming sense of self-doubt and shame for having to work overtime in order to make ends meet even meagerly.

There are two scenes that really hit home with me this chapter.
“What is ‘friend’?” Yeah, welcome to right-in-the-feels. Wow. Any kid who has ever grown up as a social outcast in any way, will get hit with this moment like a giant crane dropping steel girders on your head.

The other one is Joyce and the lamps. I think that if I had any inkling that my son was anywhere and able to communicate with me, I’d stop at nothing to find a way to talk to him. I just hope it’s her son who is talking back…

Hopper: Please dig. You knew him. You know he wouldn’t have done the thing. Look deeper. Believe in your abilities and do the right thing.

Now: SPOILERS AHEAD


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Go check out Chapter 3: Holly Jolly

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I might be not giving away all the plot points, but I am probably going to let something slip that you’re not prepared to read yet.

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Last chance. After these V’s you’re gonna be grouchy if you don’t stop now. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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Spoilers:

*continuity issues first*

Benny’s “suicide” – really? REALLY? Does he not have an evening meal at the restaurant? Someone to grab a burger on their way home? Why is he found midday the next day? I call huge issue to the time stamp on his body being found.

Secondly, the fact that there were flies buzzing around – unless there were flies already in there, they wouldn’t have had time to congregate like that.

Thirdly, there wouldn’t be much more than the coppery-meaty smell that is already in a burger joint. I’m guessing he hadn’t had time to shut off his fryers and grills between making 011 her burger and getting shot, or did I possibly miss that ‘hey, gimme a sec before you stage my suicide, to make sure the place doesn’t burn to the ground? kthxbai… okay, I’m ready to die and get blamed for the shot now, all’s taken care of in the kitchen.’ No, I’m not buying that they’d be able to “smell” him. They would smell the charred greasy remnants of that burger that they forgot he was frying before he answered the knock on the back door… And they’d likely be dealing with something around the spilled ice cream container (even in a late fall, you’d have something alive coming to take care of that sweet sticky mess on the floor. 011 didn’t put the lid back on and put it back in the freezer before she bolted from the joint, so you know a stray cat at least had found that.

Yes, I think too much about what I watch.

The fight/flight scene Joyce has to endure is at first a perplexing one. I’m not even sure why she took off the way she did. I mean, I can understand her being frayed mentally, but it just doesn’t jive with how her character has been so far. She’s falling apart, yes, but she’s not backing down. So her running like that with zero provocation at this point didn’t make sense to me. I think the writers were trying to show Joyce’s “transformation” into some resilient mamabear; dudes, she’s there from the start. No evolution necessary. She cares right out of the gate, and you can see her coming unraveled as time goes on. I was disappointed they did this to her tbh.

I really just want to hold Eleven all the time and tell her it’s okay and fix it all for her. I’m so sad for her. This little girl, Millie Bobby Brown, if she hones her craft well, she could be a phenomenal actress.

I do love the fact that she flips the board over and shows the underside of the DnD blackness, and grabs the Wise Wizard and the demigorgon and puts them there. That. Brilliant move. I can see this playing out (sorry, had to get another pun in) as being that he’s close but maybe in an alternate reality or something? guess we’ll have to find out)

Onto Chapter 3!

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