Stranger Things (2016– )
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Chapter Eight: The Upside Down 

Joyce and Hopper are taken in for questioning. Nancy and Jonathan prepare to fight the monster and save 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 ... Dr. Martin Brenner
Joe Chrest ... Ted Wheeler
Joe Keery ... Steve Harrington
Rob Morgan ... Officer Powell
John Reynolds ... Officer Callahan (as John Paul Reynolds)
Noah Schnapp ... Will Byers


Hopper and Joyce are interrogated by Dr. Brenner and his agents. Hopper makes a deal with Dr. Brenner in order to go to the Upside Down with Joyce to rescue Will. Meanwhile Jonathan and Nancy set up bear trap at Jonathan's home to kill the monster. Out of the blue, Steve arrives and is forced to fight the monster with Nancy and Jonathan. Brenner and his agents arrive at school to capture El, but she reacts protecting her friends with her powers and the blood attracts the monster. What will happen to them? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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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?


The articles pinned to the Police Station bulletin board have the headlines: "The Boy Who Came Back To Life," "Hawkins Lab Blocks Inquiry," "More Heads Roll in Ongoing State Trooper Scandal," and "Coroner Arrested for Falsifying Autopsy." See more »


When Mike is saying goodbye to Eleven, he has tears on his face. When she disappears, the camera cuts back to Mike and his face is dry. See more »


Mike Wheeler: [returning to the gym] They're gone.
Lucas Sinclair: What?
Mike Wheeler: Nancy and Jonathan; his car's gone.
Dustin Henderson: They're probably just sucking face somewhere.
Lucas Sinclair: Gross
Mike Wheeler: No! No way!
Dustin Henderson: Did they go with the Chief?
Mike Wheeler: I don't know!
Eleven: No.
Mike Wheeler: What? Did you see them? Do you know where they went?
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References Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »


Written by Edgar Froese, Christopher Franke and Johannes Schmölling
Performed by Tangerine Dream
Courtesy of Jive Records
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The Circle Closes
9 July 2018 | by kkonrad-29861See all my reviews

Chapter Seven was thrilling roller coaster ride and eight chapter began with the continuing force, but somehow it cooled off by the very end. The final episode gave us some answers and closed some circles while vaguely raising new questions and gave opening to new story arcs. Altogether it was very satisfying finale for the opening season that leaves the viewer intrigued enough for wanting another one.

Most of the main characters got fully developed in the first episodes then the last two episodes gave the biggest leap into the arc of chief Hopper, his character really grew in depth and we finally learned a lot about his past. Also the last episode added nice layer to the character Steve (Nancy's boyfriend) whose seemingly high school jock attitude was just a cover, and he actually came out to be cool dude.

Interesting first season, where great acting, wonderful characters and overall atmosphere overshadowed the story and occasionally managed to hide the unoriginal plot devices.

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