Stranger Things - S1E2 - Chapter Two: The Weirdo on Maple Street

Brian G Turner

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Really strong E.T. vibes with Eleven staying at Mike's house! Interesting to see the reveal that Eleven has psychic powers, and chilling how she describes the danger pursuing her by using her hand as an imitation gun.

This series so far looks brilliantly acted, especially the kids, but it's Winona Ryder as the panicked mum who is truly superb. Gosh, it's hard not to feel edgy the moment you see her on the screen. Totally intriguing that missing Will appears to be trying to communicate with her using lights.

The pool party was a bit creepy, but it's clear that Nancy actually wants Steve rather than being blindly pushed into things. Not sure why Jonathan got distracted by taking pictures of them instead of looking for Mike - is this a sign of social awkwardness, or an interest simply due to Nancy showing concern for him earlier? Either way, sad to see Barbara disappear as she has been a really sympathetic character so far.

The sheriff, Hopper, is getting more and more likeable.

Another strong episode, then - looks like we'll be watching more of this. :) The only complain is that the music seems wrong for the period - Jefferson's Airplane's White Rabbit isn't an 80's song, and it finished with The Bangles' cover of Hazy Shade of Winter, whic hI'm sure didn't come out until later in the 1980's than the setting.
 
Jefferson's Airplane's White Rabbit isn't an 80's song
But people listened to it in the 80s. Maybe they were trying to give it a feel of having been made then, rather than just being about then?

it finished with The Bangles' cover of Hazy Shade of Winter, whic hI'm sure didn't come out until later in the 1980's than the setting.
Oh well, bang goes that theory.
 

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