Stranger Things (2016– )
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Chapter Four: The Body 

Refusing to believe Will is dead, Joyce tries to connect with her son. The boys give Eleven a makeover. Jonathan and Nancy form an unlikely alliance.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Karen Wheeler
Dr. Martin Brenner
Ted Wheeler
Steve Harrington
Officer Powell
Lonnie Byers
Officer Callahan (as John Paul Reynolds)


Joyce is not swayed by the discovery of Will's body. Nancy and Jonathan begin to work together. The boys take El to school. Can she speak to Will? Hopper continues to uncover strange answers, and the facility sends someone into the anomaly. Written by Marc Crowther

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15 July 2016 (USA)  »

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2.00 : 1
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When Nancy is pulled out of class, the teacher is reading "Heart of Darkness", by Joseph Conrad. See more »


The hole in the wall made with the axe is no way as large on the inside as it is on the outside; however when the camera pans out, the hole is big enough to see her whole face. Furthermore, although the hole was made from the inside, there is no debris at all outside. See more »


Mike Wheeler: [as Eleven noisily tries to boost the walkie talkie signal, annoying Mike] Can you *please* stop that?
[Eleven continues trying to boost the signal]
Mike Wheeler: Are you deaf? I thought we were friends, you know? But friends tell each other the truth. And they definitely don't lie to each other. You made me think that Will was okay; that he was still out there but he wasn't! He wasn't. Maybe you thought you were helping but you weren't. You hurt me, do you understand? What you did sucks. Lucas was right about...
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References The Shining (1980) See more »


Color Dreams
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Plot becomes relatively complex but the show remains just as entertaining
21 July 2016 | by See all my reviews

Okayy. So there were many influential scenes in "The Body", an episode filled with narrative intricacies, if though, a little light on suspense.

The major reveal of course is kind of partial, as the show had led us to believe that there was something else, more sinister going on and it couldn't be as simple or linear as it appeared. This isn't to say that it wasn't any less effective; in fact, the execution is close to perfect.

Winona Ryder continued her exceptional run as Joyce, and the kids gave their all as well. The storyline meanwhile, expands a bit, taking on a more metaphysical direction. More detail and explanation would no doubt be provided in the subsequent chapters. What matters though is whether the direction the story takes is interesting or not.. And I can assure you that it's interesting, and then some.

Taken separately, "The Body" doesn't offer as much of depth or emotional impact as "Holly, Jolly" did, but that's not the issue. Because, like mentioned previously, this miniseries is designed to be regarded as an extended movie, and not a weekly drama. Thus, the bits and pieces it places in the middle of the story to make it more beefy and comprehensive form a very important process, especially now that it has to shape the factors and form an ending.

There's a school scene involving bullies and underdogs near the second half of the episode and it's the highlight. I think it's safe to declare at this moment that Stranger Things has succeeded in creating multiple characters so wholesome and so 4- D that you can't help but root for them.

Verdict: 9/10. A necessary if a bit of a slow-burn chapter that forwards the story while maintaining the level of entertainment we've come to expect of this show now.

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