Stranger Things (2016– )
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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.

Directors:

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

Writers:

Matt Duffer (created by) (as The Duffer Brothers), Ross Duffer (created by) (as The Duffer Brothers) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

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 ... Dr. Martin Brenner
Joe Chrest ... Ted Wheeler
Joe Keery ... Steve Harrington
Rob Morgan ... Officer Powell
Ross Partridge ... Lonnie Byers
Shannon Purser ... Barbara Holland
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Storyline

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

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Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 2016 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

When Johnathan asks to go with Hopper to check out Lonnie, Hopper gets in his truck and slams the door causing the mirror to fold in. In the next shot the mirror is extended back out into the normal position. See more »

Quotes

Mike Wheeler: You don't want it closed?
Eleven: No.
Mike Wheeler: Oh, So you can speak... Okay, well... Umm... How about we just keep the door... Just like this. Is that better?
Eleven: Yes.
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Connections

References Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Should I Stay or Should I Go
Written by Topper Headon (uncredited), Mick Jones (uncredited), Paul Simonon (uncredited), and Joe Strummer (uncredited)
Performed by The Clash
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A notch down relative to pilot, though still very good
21 July 2016 | by ahmadmobeenqaziSee all my reviews

The spoiler free review follows...

In the second episode of Stranger Things, the added 10 minutes over the pilot run are efficiently utilized, resulting in a little more back story on our characters, while our kid protagonists make an important discovery in the woods. However, not everything is okay, as a scene near the end involving a camera and a house party becomes excruciatingly awkward to watch.

Winona Ryder steals the spotlight, while Natalia Dyer (Nancy), Shannon Purser (Barbara) and David Harbour (Jim Hopper) give assured and confident performances. The score and cinematography remain awesome, resulting in another grossing chapter, albeit down a notch from the pilot.

I think I can safely say that miniseries like these benefit a lot from singular directorial work throughout, as it helps the series evolve more naturally and coherently, making it feel as if you are watching an extended movie rather than separate episodes. (Also, of course, the concurrent availability of following chapters helped the case substantially.)

The scenes involving the children are the most engrossing, with a natural chemistry between all of them. Winona Ryder as the mother in mourning absolutely excels, as mentioned above, and her scenes with Charlie Heaton (Jonathan) are raw and tear-jerking.

Verdict: 8/10 with the camera scene undermining the rest of the positive work a bit. The episode ends with one hell of a cliffhanger, though, and you'll be streaming episode 3 in a heartbeat.


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