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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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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Nancy and Jonathan's plan to draw out the monster from the Upside-down so Joyce and Jim can travel through safely to find Will is reminiscent of Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, when Aragon and his party drew out the armies of Mordor so Frodo and Sam can travel to Mount Doom to destroy the ring without being caught. See more »


The periodic table in the science classroom has several chemical elements which had not been discovered or named in 1983. For example, Livermorium (Lv) was discovered in 2000 and wasn't named until 2012. See more »


Mike Wheeler: [El collapses] El! El are you okay? El! Something's wrong!
Dustin Henderson: She's just drained.
Mike Wheeler: No, she won't wake up!
[shaking her]
Mike Wheeler: El. El! El!
Mike Wheeler: [listening to her heartbeat] She's barely breathing.
Lucas Sinclair: We gotta go!
Dr. Martin Brenner: Leave her!
[the boys stand protectively over El]
Dr. Martin Brenner: Step away from the child.
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References Alien (1979) See more »


Carol of the Bells
Music by Mykola Dmytrovych Leontovych and lyrics by Peter Wilhousky
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"Will you be my new brother?" NO! (dialog)
22 September 2016 | by (North America) – 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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