– by Seth McDonald

If you didn’t know, all nine episodes of Stranger Things 2 was released on Friday. The show looked to continue its 80s nostalgia theme and bring forth a worthy successor to the highly regarded first season. If you have already watched it, you’ll know that the seventh episode of the show broke from the story that we had seen so far. The creators of the show, Matt and Ross Duffer recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly, and here is what they had to say about the episode:

“Our test of the episode was we tried to pull it out of the show just to make sure that we needed it because I didn’t want it in there as filler — even though some critics are accusing us of doing that. But Eleven’s  journey kind of fell apart, like the ending didn’t work, without it. So I was like, whether this works or not, we need this building block in here or the whole show is going to collapse. It’s not going to end well. The Mind Flayer is going to take over Hawkins.”

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I am glad the Duffer brothers addressed this, because for me, it did take me out of the story. It wasn’t a bad episode from the show, but the departure from the story we were following was a bit much. I enjoyed Season 2, not quite as much as Season 1, but it was good. I felt like there was a lot of rehashing with the demagorgons, but I think the first two seasons have to be looked at as one story.

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Source: Entertainment Weekly

  • secretAGENTman

    It’s difficult not to feel that sense of rehashing, when a story involves the same characters, and many of the same elements. The same goes for real life. We can only stray so far from our own life elements any given day. Without huge upheaval, a casting off and forcible push to change (such as a new city). Like real life, new people entering our life can be jarring and change the nature or feel of our lives.

    Did the first episodes start slow, where new characters a little jarring as they were introduced (perhaps for some) or did the show at any time feel ‘false’ or dissimilar from before?

    A simple question any viewer can ask themselves while watching and or at the end is: Did I overall enjoy this story with these characters and new people and new and some similar situations? If the answer is yes, one can choose to nitpick, but one can also choose to enjoy the chapter.

    • Jason Tyler

      that was a huge waste of time

      • secretAGENTman

        So many feelings.😏

        Hmmm, time for a BM.💩

        Cheers, Mr. Tyler.😘

      • secretAGENTman

        that was a modest waste of time

  • Kratos

    this chapter annoyed the F out of me. 11 finds her “sister”, completely changes her look, gets palpatine’d by “sister” into using her repressed anger/hatred to channel her power against those that F’d her over, goes on revenge kill mission, has moment of self reflection and learns to overcome her anger management issues while sparing an enemy, causing her to return the the light side….all in the span of what seemed like 24 hours.

    • Joseph Jammer Medina

      I liked it because rather than having her trapped and having to save people of Hawkins, it allows her to take her life into her own hands for the first time.

  • Eric Anderson

    The 7th episode was a departure, but overall I really liked it. I agree with the notion that they had to explain Eleven’s change and it was fine as a means to do that. But it also did some interesting, for me at least, world building that felt natural and appropriate. I like this idea that there are others out there with unique abilities — certainly it opens the door to revisit in subsequent seasons. I could also see it as a spin off series. Frankly, it felt like a good Xmen story and got me more interested in learning more than the vast majority of ‘official’ Xmen movies/shows out there, but I digress . . . . In the end, it did help me see Eleven differently, in a way that helped the overall narrative. It made her return plausible in a way that if she’d just visited her mother, for me, would not have had the same impact.

    • Kindofabigdeal

      Yeah, and the fact that Eleven learned that the people she kills aren’t just random henchmen. They are ultimately men who have families, lives outside of the lab. It helps her grow beyond her predecessor. She learns from the teacher, then exceeds her on a human level. Maybe even teachers her something in return.


    So what exactly are Eleven’s abilities? Telekinesis and telepathy?

    • SaiyanHeretic

      I expect they’ll add to her list of “mind stuff” powers as the plot requires.

  • Aaron James

    I disliked it. Not because I was opposed to Eleven going off and doing her own thing for an episode. I disliked it because it reminded me of a cheesy 90s kids show, where all the characters are “cool” in that truly embarrassing 90s fashion (now era’s concept of what’s cool has dated quite so badly as 90s cool). It felt really out of place in what was otherwise an 80s pastiche, and also just pretty lame in its own right.

    Not a major misstep, just a bit of a dip in quality in an otherwise great season.

  • Jason Tyler

    episode 7 was a joke and totally ruined the momentum the season had built up to that point.