Stranger Things (2016– )
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Chapter Five: The Flea and the Acrobat 

Hopper breaks into the lab to find the truth about Will's death. The boys try to locate the "gate" that will take them to Will.


Matt Duffer (as The Duffer Brothers), Ross Duffer (as The Duffer Brothers)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Winona Ryder ... Joyce Byers
David Harbour ... Jim Hopper
Finn Wolfhard ... Mike Wheeler
Millie Bobby Brown ... Eleven
Gaten Matarazzo ... Dustin Henderson
Caleb McLaughlin ... Lucas Sinclair
Natalia Dyer ... Nancy Wheeler
Charlie Heaton ... Jonathan Byers
Cara Buono ... Karen Wheeler
Matthew Modine ... Martin Brenner
Joe Chrest ... Ted Wheeler
Joe Keery ... Steve Harrington
Rob Morgan ... Officer Powell
Ross Partridge ... Lonnie Byers
John Reynolds ... Officer Callahan (as John Paul Reynolds)


Hopper breaks into the lab to find the truth about Will's death. The boys try to locate the "gate" that will take them to Will.

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English | Russian

Release Date:

15 July 2016 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


When the boys and El (Millie Bobby Brown) are walking to try and find the gate, they walk along railroad tracks in pairs, in a scene very reminiscent of scenes from Stand by Me (1986). "Stand By Me" was based on "The Body" by Stephen King. King is a major influence on this series. See more »


Compasses do not point to "true North" but to "magnetic North," which is variable. True North is not the same as magnetic North. True North is aligned with the axis of the earth's rotation. Magnetic North, which aligns with the earth's magnetic fields, is slightly off. Depending on one's position in latitude and longitude, the degree of difference between the two will vary. See more »


Jonathan Byers: Listen, don't take it so personally, okay? I don't like most people. He is in the vast majority.
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References Under the Skin (2013) See more »


Nocturnal Me
Written by Will Sergeant, Ian McCulloch, Les Pattinson, and Pete DeFreitas
Performed by Echo & The Bunnymen
Courtesy of Korova / Warner Bros.
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16 July 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Stranger Things

The Duffer Brothers are gushing out over 70s fantasy films in this splashy trend setting love letter to the now-teenagers and the ones back then. Ergo, the affection received by the fans comes flooding in, not for the razzle dazzle that this world thrives for but the accuracy it dares for. Before going in, on such a fiction world, it is often wisely and correctly, advised to dive in completely without being self-aware of the sketchiness involved in the- literal- topsy turvy world. Yet, consistently the Duffer Brothers are defying the evergreen rule in order to push the series for more than a cultural phenomenon.

They wish for the series to hold against time and as a result, this banal obsession leads them to some of the best aspects of the storytelling. Yes, it every now and then fumbles to conjure up, not courage, but reason to walk out of the door slamming it hard on its audience, but these minor flaws are easily overcome by the frivolity in these characters. The outdo-ers are not the ground breakers but ground covering humanoid elements.

For instance, let's just walk through their bulletproof armor Eleven played magnanimously by Millie Bobby Brown. She is the right and wrong of the series, the world revolves around her, everything is in contrast to her, no matter how hard the makers try to make it about someone else, it always pins down to her. And hence, she isn't taken for granted in here, she is tested, time after time, her ballet dance at the end of the act is not the win, but her fear of the stage and the audience around it, choreographs it elegantly. On supporting cast, David Harbour, as a father figure, draws you naturally, to what I consider has some of the best equation and scenes with Bobby Brown, than she has with Stranger Things.

Chapter Five: The Flea And The Acrobat

It is a trippy ride brimmed of mixed feelings. The loss of a troop shakes the foundation of the friendship and someone close is betrayed and even we are faced with a faceless monster. Yet the highlight remains the fear that is casted on Harbour as he deals with an issue we all are afraid, someone watching us over and manipulating us for their needs.

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