Stranger Things - S2E4 - Chapter 4: Will the Wise

Brian G Turner

Fantasist & Futurist
Staff member
Nov 23, 2002
An ailing Will opens up to Joyce – with disturbing results. While Hopper digs for the truth, Eleven unearths a surprising discovery.

The situation between Hopper and El continues to be tense - on the one hand it's tempting to think the tension is forced with Hopper losing his temper considering his past, but then again for the period it would be considered normal for a man to get angry when he's frustrated. We also have the continuing investigation in the pumpkin patches rotting - it was great last episode when Hopper pushed the energy company to look into it.

That they figured out Will was doing a continuous drawing was clever, as was the realization it was roots, and Hopper's discovery at the end of the tunnels.

As ever, the episode was good, the tension and story moving forward well. However, it does seem a lot darker and moving toward full on horror now, while the first season was more focused on mystery. It's disturbing seeing Will suffering - something that was off-screen last season - as was the end scene with the create eating Dustin's cat in his bedroom. Have to admit I'm becoming a little uncomfortable with it, but will see it through.
That they figured out Will was doing a continuous drawing was clever
This was the least convincing part of it for me -- not that he made the drawing, but that they then managed to put it together into an accurate map, when in reality the pages could have been arranged in any of a hundred ways and still looked like they fitted.

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