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Chapter Two: The Weirdo on Maple Street 

Mike hides the mysterious girl in his house. Joyce gets a strange phone call.

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... Joyce Byers
... Jim Hopper
... Mike Wheeler
... Eleven
... Dustin Henderson
... Lucas Sinclair
... Nancy Wheeler
... Jonathan Byers
... Karen Wheeler
... Dr. Martin Brenner
... Ted Wheeler
... Steve Harrington
... Officer Powell
... Lonnie Byers
... Barbara Holland
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Mike hides the mysterious girl in his house. Joyce gets a strange phone call.

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15 July 2016 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The quarry scene in this episode is the same location used in The Walking Dead (2010) Season 1, most notably episode 4, The Walking Dead: Vatos (2010). The quarry also appears in the Netflix movie The Fundamentals of Caring (2016). See more »

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The regular police officers are using period-correct walkie talkie radios, however the Chief's radio is a modern Motorola digital radio that was first marketed in the mid-late 2000s. This is most obvious at the quarry scene when he answers the dispatcher. See more »

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Dustin Henderson: [Watching Mike give El a sleeping bag] You really think she's psycho?
Lucas Sinclair: Wouldn't want her in my house.
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References The Evil Dead (1981) See more »

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Stranger Things
(Title sequence & end credits theme)
Written & performed by Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein
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A perfect continuation of the pilot episode and remains consistent throughout

Chapter Two: The Weirdo on Maple Street is a solid second episode of the first season. It continues where the pilot episode left off and remains consistent throughout. My only quibble is that the house party where Nancy and Jonathan go to felt a bit too awkward for my tastes, but that's doesn't matter because the rest of the episode retains the same stuff that made the first episode a great start.

The story is still intriguing with a raw and tear-jerking scene with Winona Ryder and Charlie Heaton. There's also a little more back story for the other characters aside from Joyce and Jonathan. The kid protagonists Mike, Dustin and Lucas share their chemistry that feels natural thanks to Wolfhard Matarazzo and Mclaughlin's solid performances. Natalia Dyer, Shannon Purser (who played Barbara in the first episode) and David Harbour continue to deliver excellent performances and Millie Bobby Brown continues to excel as Eleven in a very well-written flashback revolving around her character. The cinematography is still gorgeous with a brilliantly lit atmosphere it retained from the first episode and the music score is still impressive, continuing to compliment the 1980s decade and setting perfectly.

Overall, a solid second episode of the first season and remains as consistent as Chapter One. Thumbs up from me. :)


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