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Chapter Six: The Monster 

Hopper and Joyce find the truth about the lab's experiments. After their fight, the boys look for the missing Eleven.

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Karen Wheeler
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Dr. Martin Brenner
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Ted Wheeler
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Steve Harrington
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Officer Callahan (as John Paul Reynolds)
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Nancy flees from the Upside Down following Jonathan's voice and cross the gate. Jonathan stays with the scared Nancy in her bedroom and Steve sees them together and believes Nancy is betraying him. Mike misses El that steals Eggo waffles from a supermarket. Hopper and Joyce visit Terry Ives that is catatonic. Her sister explains that she participated in a government project using drugs and had a miscarriage of her baby. However she claims that she delivered the baby that was alive. Jonathan and Nancy purchase weapons to hunt down the monster. However Jonathan meets Steve writing with spray bad things about Nancy; they fight and Jonathan is arrested by the police. Lucas follows his compass and stumbles upon the Hawkins Laboratory. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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15 July 2016 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The way that Eleven's psychic visit to the "Upside Down" is depicted is very similar to visuals contained in the "Doctor Who" serial Kinda (originally airing in England in 1982): In "Stranger Things", El is depicted in a featureless, black void with her mirror reflection the only other visible thing. In the Doctor Who serial, companion character Tegan falls into a dream state where she envisions a featureless, black void and only her mirror image. Additionally, "Kinda" had a plot concerning a snake-like monster escaping from an astral plane and invading the material world - much like the monster in Stranger Things. See more »

Goofs

When Joyce and Hopper take off from the phone booth, the road has reflective plastic bumps down the center line. These are not used in northern climes (like Indiana) where it snows, as they interfere with snowplows. See more »

Quotes

Jonathan Byers: I can go if you want. I just figured...
Nancy Wheeler: No, I- I don't want to be alone... do you?
Jonathan Byers: No... no.
Nancy Wheeler: [uncomfortable sleeping alone] Can you just come up here?
Jonathan Byers: [climbing in next to Nancy] Do you want the lights off or-?
Nancy Wheeler: On.
Jonathan Byers: Yeah. You know, it can't get us in here.
Nancy Wheeler: We don't know that.
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References All the Right Moves (1983) See more »

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Violin concerto in E Major BWV.1041: 1st movement (Allegro)
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (uncredited)
Source music in Mr. Clarke's (character) house
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Monsters, monsters everywhere
13 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

Just one, but its scary enough, at least for Nancy, who is in a very dark place, Jonathan frantically searching for her. Also, the boys try to find Eleven, and Hopper and Joyce try to find the truth behind the organization directed by Dr. Brenner.

This is another strong episode for this first season of "Stranger Things". It still gets a zero for originality, and some plot developments (bullies, bullies) could have been just left out, because they just add a strange layer of angst that the show could do without, on top of just answering violence with humiliation and more violence.

Nevertheless, the episode is a strong one. The relationships have been well developed and the dynamics between the characters are good, or, in some instances, great. The production values and the direction are also good, and the atmosphere is pervasive, with a feeling of dread that keeps the viewer's attention during the whole running time (not very scary, but atmospheric enough).

And so close to the end, the pace is gaining some rhythm, which is something that gives energy to the proceedings, helping the episode to end in a high note.


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