– by Joseph Jammer Medina

It’s the week following Stranger Things 2’s release onto Netflix, and by and large, fans and critics seem to think that The Duffer Brothers have created a worthy follow-up to the unexpected hit that was Season 1 of Stranger Things.

However, if there’s been one controversy, it’s been around Episode 7 of the series. Those who have seen it know what we’re talking about here, and if you don’t, then it’s probably best that you watch the show instead of reading this article. Well, it turns out that that episode has an odd influence: Star Wars.

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Speaking with EW, Matt Duffer, one of the show’s creators, discussed that influence.

“We talked a lot about Empire Strikes Back. We talked about Luke going to Dagobah and meeting Yoda. Also, the idea of a dark Eleven, of Eleven being pulled to the dark side was an interesting idea. So a lot of that episode was what happens if Eleven is drawn towards this darkness and what can she learn about herself if that’s the case.”

All in all, it definitely felt like something of a departure for the show. Some hated it, and I’ve even heard fans recommending that viewers skip it altogether. But in defense of that episode, it truly makes Eleven the decider of her future for the first time in her life. Plus it gives her the mental ammo she needs to take on the big bad of the series in Episode 9.

What did you think of Episode 7? Let us know down below!

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  • Kindofabigdeal

    I didn’t get that feeling at all. I think the Duffers are still trying to cram as many 80’s references as they can even outside the shows.
    “Let’s see, what else was really popular in the 80’s? I got it, Season 3 Episode 1 will be titled Here’s The Beef”.

    • I guess different viewers, different opinions.

      I immediately thought darkside Star Wars when I saw it and like Jammer. I liked it and felt it worked well.

      • To me anything that references Empire Strikes Back is already got something going for it. Heck I even get excited if I meet someone with the initials ESB.

  • Linus Ekström

    I feel like it was a necessary piece of story, but it wasn’t executed that well. Having an entire episode of this pulled you out from the rest of the story and the whole “focus on your anger”-bit, and really most of the episode felt really cliché after all this superhero stuff.

  • Victor Roa

    HUH, I was going to saw Morlocks or an XMen when that episode happened. Still want to see them pay off that one off line XMen

  • To me the Empire Strikes Back references were extremely obvious. When Kali tell Elle about moving the train she says a line that is a non-reverse speak version of Yoda’s line “do. Or do not. There is no try.” My main issue with this episode was that the dark side individuals weren’t all that dark for the most part. It helps if they aren’t quite as likeable. Could the entire episode have been divided up and added in throughout multiple episodes? Sure but perhaps they tried that and it screwed up their flow of the show? This episode was very similar to the Walking Dead episode where they drag out the cliffhanger by having the episode with Morgan’s past. They both were interesting but it’s hard to be excited when there’s a bait and switch like these episodes.

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.