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.

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(as The Duffer Brothers), (as The Duffer Brothers)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... 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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2.00 : 1
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Trivia

When the three boys first speak to Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) in Mike's (Finn Wolfhard) basement, Dustin is wearing a t-shirt that says "Drama Club". Gaten Matarazzo, who plays Dustin, is a big fan of theater, and began his career acting and singing on Broadway. See more »

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Joyce Byers would not have have been able to buy a phone at an ordinary market in the late 1970s. Before 1983, the only way to purchase a telephone was from the telephone company. However, the story does not take place in the '70s but some time in the early 1980s. Supposing the story is set as deep into the '80s as '83, the phone, being new and likely having additional features, would have had a retail value closer to over double the amount of the 22 dollars suggested by the cashier. See more »

Quotes

Dustin Henderson: We never would've upset you if we knew you had superpowers.
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References Halloween (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Hazy Shade of Winter
Written by Paul Simon (uncredited)
Performed by The Bangles
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Things are heating up
11 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

Chapter Two of "Stranger Things" is closer to what the creators of the show probably intended than the first episode ever was.

It starts with the pace. It is better, faster, more things happen, and it offers more mystery and a better atmosphere than the start of the series.

It continues with the depiction of the 80s, way more lively and realistic than in the first episode, in which all looked like someone trying to copy the 80s style of movies and TV series and failing, all a little bit fake.

The acting also helps, even though sometimes it is a little bit on the primary school play. It is more assured than in the first episode, all actors more comfortable in their roles. It helps that the plot gives its characters something to do.

Talking about the plot. It is still a little bit as if a group of friends had decided to get together and throw all the typical and topical ideas from the 80s in a hat and then decided to pick some of them up randomly and make a story out of that thin thread. We continue with the developing of the 'mysterious' Eleven's story-line, and also with Will's search. For like a couple of seconds we can enjoy again Modine's super-white hair. All of it is quite basic and seen a hundred of times before. The actors delivery of the dialogue is what glues the story for now.

Better direction, good quality production also adds to a second episode which seems to show that the series knows a little bit where it is heading. Let's see if they keep that way.


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