Stranger Things Chapter 5 Review


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Chapter 5: The Flea and The Acrobat

*NOTE: The opinions expressed in the following are those of the clumsypixie, Sera Merrin, and not those necessarily of anyone else who is a part of Geeks & Geeklets. That being said, there’s really no reason to be grouchy, I’m just stating facts. So shall it be written, so shall it be dealt with like grownups.*

I really like Mr. Clarke.

He’s very much like the science teachers I had in my small town. He reminds me of the kind of teacher I had for Environmental Science, in fact. Not in looks, or even what he does, but it’s how he does it, and the selflessness, the trust, and the kindness that just exude from him like his breathing does.

I appreciate how they cast him to be a slightly older version of the boys, to perpetuate the stereotype; I know, I’m probably not going to be in the majority for that, but let’s face it; he’s in a small town, and if you don’t know much about small towns, let me give you a really short crash-course. 

Usually what happens is a person leaves the town for work or school or marriage. A large majority of them end up returning. As of 2008, only 38% of the population of the United States had moved out of their birth city, and even less than that, out of their state, their region, and country. Most people move back (over 58% of [the 38%] people who leave a place) after they have finished school to find work near their families/familiar places. Confused? Well, simply put, the likelihood that Mr. Clarke would be some buff jock-type geek in a small town is not only not plausible, it’s pretty much improbable as well.
The chances of him being anything other than how he was portrayed are significantly diminished over the fact that:
a) he is from what looks to be a rural small town area, but he’s likely from the town-proper, rather than one of the farms, given his science training.

b) he’s more likely to be from the town, and ergo his family might have a bit more money to send him to college, rather than a farm kid who ends up not getting the same opportunity because the tractor tires need replacing and the barn needs a new roof.

c) this is the 80’s, and as such, there wasn’t the same kind of necessity that the science teacher “be more” than a genuinely apt science teacher.

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d) if he were all muscled out, the boys wouldn’t trust him the same, because (sorry to sound harsh, but reality is such to young kids) if he were working out all the time, he couldn’t possibly be able to answer the questions they needed, because they would assume they were reading more often than him.



**yes, I am fully assuming I’ll have comments of feminism and reverse-sexism craziness, but I assure you, I stand by what I said, and if you grew up in a small town, with the teachers I did, you wouldn’t have any issue with what I just said.**

I love the compasses. And Dustin, you’re my third favourite character, after El and Joyce. Hopper, you’re after Dustin.

I’m so sorry, El. You shouldn’t have been tapped like that, and you shouldn’t have been trapped like that, and you definitely shouldn’t have been forced to react the way you did.

Now: SPOILERS AHEAD


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STOP now if you don’t want to see what happens.

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Go check out Chapter 6: The Monster

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I don’t want you to be upset about Mr. Clarke. I really do like him. I wasn’t being sarcastic. He is a brilliantly adorable character, and I hope beyond all hope that they don’t make him some sort of pawn for the Lab. If they do, that cheapens things even more for students. Make it the librarian or the vice principal. Yeah, The VP can be the spy/shill for them. I’m not being mean. I am right though. Sad thing is, if you’re butthurt about what I wrote, you probably assume I was writing in between the lines, calling him a wimp or weak or something, which couldn’t be further from the truth. His brain could be a very useful tool against the Lab in the next year’s series. I hope the boys trust him enough to bring him into the ‘know’ so to speak.

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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*

Always and always with shows going from day to night in less than a minute and no sunset, no time change, just daylight/flash/nighttime. *growls* That’s sloppy camera work. I get you want to show progression of time, and that’s wonderful. But you have to remember that the viewer sees this as incredibly lazy camerawork. Even a statement like “I can’t believe we’ve been out here 7 hours already and nothing!” or something to that effect would help give viewers a time-stamp.
Considering the triangle area that Jonathan and Nancy had narrowed down was less than a full mile, they took forever to comb that area. Even doing it in a slow, lazy zig-zag way, it wouldn’t have taken them more than 45 minutes tops, maybe an hour if they stopped to check their Facebook… oh right, no internet for over ten years, and no Facebook for an additional twenty.

She said STOP, Lucas. Stop. 

I do not like how they made Lucas (specifically) keep pushing El like that. That wasn’t just rude, it was sending a message The Duffer Brothers probably {hopefully} didn’t intend. There are going to be people who intentionally are reading stuff into each episode, and he’s already been labeled the TBG. Now, he’s getting another strike, by not listening to a female when she says “no”. I know they didn’t intend to start a social issue like that, and I hope the naysayers shut up soon about it, but it’s out there, and the fact remains, 2016 is the year of the butthurt offended and read-between-the-lines-make-shit-up person with an attitude who thinks they can just pick apart everyone and everything they want. This was a preteen boy, being arrogant. Not a profiling moment for the writers. People, hush and just watch the show the way it was intended.

The bath though? That’s twisted. Poor 011. My heart just breaks more for that little girl. And when she screams Papa, I just want to kick Matthew Modine in the shin because he doesn’t deserve such a good title. Talk about Stockholm Syndrome 101. WOW.

Seriously, what’s with the dog? He hasn’t been around for several chapters, and just goes to the fort? The dog knows where Will is, I don’t buy that the dog is overcome with emotion by missing his human so much that he leaves where he knows Will is, even if he can’t reach him. They have fully under-utilized that dog’s potential in this.

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