Stranger Things: Chapter 4 Review


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Chapter 4: The Body

A mother knows. I kind of just want to leave it at that and skip right to the spoilers so I can elaborate on it, but I’m just saying again for those in the back, A MOTHER KNOWS.

I cannot imagine the overwhelming sense of dismay Joyce must be feeling by now, being heard, but not listened to. Being spoken to as if she were in some need of a straightjacket.

The music throughout this series is spot on, and it’s not necessarily meant to be memorable, so much as fitting for the time period. Of course, there are certain songs that are being repeated throughout, for a variety of reasons (one in particular, but you have to tune in to hear it. Yeah, that one was a lamer one, but it still works! Stop clashing with me and accept my puns!)

The fact that the writers took the time to make the street scene so raw with the gawking locals just makes me enjoy (in a disturbed way) the depth of their commitment to the work. They didn’t need to oversell the idea, but they did make it feel very real. You can see that scenario playing out in a small town all too easily. Take it from someone who grew up in a very small town – it happens, it’s horrible, and when it does, the one being yelled at ofttimes wants to just sink into the roadway, or have the sidewalk open up and swallow them whole. I for one begged for such mercies way too many times as a kid, so I ‘get’ that scene’s realness probably better than someone who never had to endure such a moment.

It wasn’t the yelling that was so painful to watch, it was the fact that everyone is kind of tossed into the midst of this chaos, and no matter what, you become a bystander to the events, only to blasted that you were caught off guard in the midst of your own goings-on and your shock paralysed you, only for you to be reprimanded harshly for it. These aren’t vicious gossiping neighbours, they are locals who had no clue what was going on, and then charged with the fact that they were standing around watching it happen.

Perhaps this scene annoyed you, or you ignored it or didn’t put much into it’s detailing to give it this much thought. I will say this – as I’m typing, and as you’re later reading this, it’s happening right now in at least a dozen towns around your state/province/country/continent. At least. For whatever the topic is, the screamer is going to unwittingly make a spectacle of themselves, the bashed one is going to try to calm them down, and anyone standing within vicinity is going to feel the sharp biting venomous words of anger cast out at them like a forked tongue. This makes things all too real, and you just know The Duffer Brothers have seen this scenario played out one too many times to let that pain go away without some cathartic screentime. Kudos on them for that moment, because that for me is when you see Jonathan’s love for his mother, and her tipping point.

Anyone else get that “Hey, who turned out the lights?” moment in this episode? Come on, I know you did! I know it was meant to be all serious in that scene, but I couldn’t help but giggle.

Interesting that they give it a Doctor Who inspired name like “The Rift”. This is the third time now (twice in this episode alone) when I’ve felt like they are not just homaging Mr. King, but tipping their brotherly hats at the Gallifreyan Doctor and his loving TARDIS. Being the insane (<< read that with all the love and craziness possible) Doctor Who fangirl that I am, I can assure you, this does NOT bother me at all. Bring on more homages!!! GEEK ME OUT!!!!

Well, at least Hopper is taking stuff seriously. Thank you, Hop. Good men don’t have to be perfect, they just have to do the right thing.

Now: SPOILERS AHEAD


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Go check out Chapter 5: The Flea and The Acrobat

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Blah blah blah blah you’re not reading this part anyway, so I can write all I want in here. If you are reading it, don’t worry, I did catch all the words they said in that place that time when she heard them and repeated the words. Amulet frigid evolve airplane apricot peninsula game enchantment mouse balloon. afeaapgemb comes out to be nothing special by the way, so good luck trying all the hundreds of possible anagrams.

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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 didn’t really play into this, so I’m just going with personal views this time*

There were no autopsy scars. That. Sorry, if I didn’t believe it was my child, I would be demanding to kiss him again, to see the scars, to read the reports, and talk to the person who performed the autopsy. She’s not so overwrought with denial that she couldn’t have demanded those things; she didn’t believe it was him. She SHOULD have demanded those things. I find it hard to believe that she wouldn’t know what at bare minimum was included with an autopsy: SCARS from being stitched back up.

STUFFING. that’s all I’m gonna say.

Why don’t people close doors after they have knocked someone out and stolen their keys? I mean, I realize I don’t get a say in this, but come on, CLOSE THE DOOR!

I was so convinced something was going to happen to Hop before he could validate Joyce… yeah, I realize I’m getting ahead of myself by a bit, but come on, he should have went to her before the lab, because she deserved to know she had a pinnochio rather than a real boy on that slab. I mean, I know she knew, but she didn’t KNOW know, you know?

Yeah, I’m not going to tell you how long since I’ve watched this episode that I have spent trying to decode those stupid words. I had a dream about them.

During that entire episode, I just kept thinking damn, this has got to be so rough on Joyce, I wish someone would just believe her and validate all this for her. Just once I’d love this to not end up cliche with the one who knows the truth being treated like the pariah of the town until the last possible shred of proof is discovered, usually posthumously at that.

I had to laugh at how many times Hop got into a scruff with someone in this episode.
But dude, seriously, learn to lock doors behind you.

And what is the birthmark? How did “they” know to put it on the fake? It doesn’t come up any other time in the series, so it’s not like it’s common conversation material. It wasn’t somewhere publicly visible, so it stands to reason the following: They knew about Will for a long time. Had been spying on him, getting information about him, and he got captured by the monster before they could get to him. This only adds to my growing list of questions.

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