– by Joseph Jammer Medina

So apparently Stranger Things 2 Episode 7 was a controversial ones for fans. Some felt like it served more as filler than anything else, turning from a real Stranger Things episode to something like The Gifted, while others appreciated the added depth it added to Eleven (for what it’s worth, I’m a part of the latter group, as it made Eleven a master of her own fate for once).

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However, there is one other aspect that was interesting — the return of Brenner, Eleven’s “dad” from the first season. In the context of the scene, I didn’t think his presence hinted at his actually still being alive, but as an interview with Stranger Things director Shawn Levy revealed…he may very well be.

“We took a big swing for instance to open the show with a car chase in another city, then Episode 7 goes to another city for an entire episode. Whether or not people feel that episode was entirely successful, the Duffers want to take some swings, and they know that they’re not gonna please everybody. But that feeling of the world getting a bit bigger especially coupled with the fact that it now seems clear that Brenner is alive, Brenner is out there. I for one think that that one scene with Modine and Millie in Episode 7 is one of the juiciest scenes, and it kind of brought me back to how haunting Modine is in that Brenner role. So that’s a major unanswered question, and also we’ve now confirmed that Eleven isn’t the only one. There are other numbers.”

Admittedly, this feels like a stretch. To me, Brenner’s appearance was nothing more than a manipulation from Eleven’s “sister,” and if it turns into something more, I may become disinterested in the story to come. But we’ll have to wait and see how it’s executed, because execution is key.

What did you think of this appearance? Did you think Brenner was actually alive? Let us know down below!

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SOURCE: Collider

  • secretAGENTman

    “…if it turns into something more, I may become disinterested in the story to come. But we’ll have to wait and see how it’s executed, because execution is key…”

    My, aren’t you spoiled, Mr. Medina.

    Ah, the days when one watched a show expectantly, but passively. No thought given to being a couch critic or putting on airs that a film or television story ‘owed’ you the exact story that YOU thought should be written.

    My goodness.

    • Joseph Jammer Medina

      Lol I can see your point, but as a storyteller, I just tend to be more critical about how I view things. It’s impossible for me to passively watching something.

      • secretAGENTman

        Well said, respectful, and thoughtful.

        You do you, good sir.

        I have worked in the entertainment industry for over 25 years, and read thousands of scripts, and often get new episodes of shows ruined, due to reading the character descriptions or ‘sides’ that my actors will read while auditioning etc.

        So long ago, I found (forced) an imaginary switch in my head, that I flip so that I can just enjoy the TV shows and films, like I did when I was a kid.

        But, everybody’s different. 🙂

  • Mad Barchetta

    I think people who got bent out of shape about episode 7 were just butt-hurt that the more exciting narrative was interrupted, rather than them receiving the immediate payoff they expected. Typical all/nothing thinking in today’s world: It’s not EXACTLY what I wanted, so it sucks and I hate it!

    Meanwhile, I really couldn’t care less about Modine’s character in future episodes. I see him as a factor that shaped Eleven and contributed to the danger of the Upside-Down, but as nothing more. He is part of the origin of the events of the show, but I have never much seen him as the true threat. He is an indelible part of the past for Eleven, but he’s really just an arrogant sociopathic man who opened doors that were beyond his understanding, destroying lives along the way in his single-minded pursuit of knowledge (and maybe power). He’s not the Big Bad. He’s just the guy that opened the door for it.

    If subsequent episodes devote much time to him, I’ll be disappointed, actually.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.