Stranger Things (2016– )
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Chapter Eight: The Upside Down 

Joyce and Hopper are taken in for questioning. Nancy and Jonathan prepare to fight the monster and save Will.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Karen Wheeler
Ted Wheeler
Officer Powell
Officer Callahan (as John Paul Reynolds)


Joyce and Hopper are taken in for questioning. Nancy and Jonathan prepare to fight the monster and save Will.

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15 July 2016 (USA)  »

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2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


Hopper wears a braided blue bracelet throughout the series. Its origins are touched on in a flashback: the materials for the bracelet are his daughter Sarah's hairbands that she was wearing the day she got sick. See more »


When the creature attacks Jonathan Byers in the Byers home, he drops his nail-filled bat, and as the creature is about to eat his face off, Nancy shoots it, 5 times. It stands up to come at her, and she shoots it 4 or 5 times more, all without reloading the 6 shot .38 that Jonathan stole from his dad. See more »


Mike Wheeler: [returning to the gym] They're gone.
Lucas Sinclair: What?
Mike Wheeler: Nancy and Jonathan; his car's gone.
Dustin Henderson: They're probably just sucking face somewhere.
Lucas Sinclair: Gross
Mike Wheeler: No! No way!
Dustin Henderson: Did they go with the Chief?
Mike Wheeler: I don't know!
Eleven: No.
Mike Wheeler: What? Did you see them? Do you know where they went?
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References Pretty in Pink (1986) See more »


Carol of the Bells
Music by Mykola Dmytrovych Leontovych
Lyrics by Peter Wilhousky
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"Will you be my new brother?" NO! (dialog)
22 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

The Duffer Bros give a clinic in how to make the old new again.

Showing how the trick is not deconstructing a formula that works, but rebuilding it in a way that is both fresh and new.

And they did an awesome job.

The "influences" may be obvious but the twists and turns, the dialog, the direction, the unusual casting, make the whole series fun, engaging, addictive.

The casting in particular. Ryder again does everything but chew up the furniture. So different from her film persona when she was younger! Natalia Dyer sports one of the most interesting faces I've seen in a long time. She is so sympatico and interesting, she steals all her scenes.

David Harbour usually plays bad guys but is terrific as a hero. Millie Bobby Brown is nothing less than unforgettable.

In fact the whole series is unforgettable.

Bring on Season 2. The popcorn is on me.

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