Stranger Things (2016– )
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Chapter Eight: The Upside Down 

Joyce and Hopper are taken in for questioning. Nancy and Jonathan prepare to fight the monster and save Will.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Karen Wheeler
Ted Wheeler
Officer Powell
Officer Callahan (as John Paul Reynolds)


Joyce and Hopper are taken in for questioning. Nancy and Jonathan prepare to fight the monster and save Will.

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15 July 2016 (USA)  »

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2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


The scene where they are running through the school to get away from Dr Brenner is reminiscent of The Breakfast Club when the kids are trying to evade Vernon. See more »


The periodic table in the science classroom has several chemical elements which had not been discovered or named in 1983. For example, Livermorium (Lv) was discovered in 2000 and wasn't named until 2012. See more »


Jonathan Byers: [Jonathan enters the waiting room and nods to Mike] Yeah.
Mike Wheeler: [Waking Dustin and Lucas] Guys, guys, he's up. Will's up, guys! Guys come on!
Mike Wheeler: [Bursting into the hospital room] Byers!
Joyce Byers: [Mike and Lucas pile on Will] Be careful. Be careful with him!
Dustin Henderson: Move!
[Yanks Mike and Lucas off Will to hug him]
Jonathan Byers: Guys, guys, go easy on him.
Lucas Sinclair: You won't believe what happened when you were gone, man.
Dustin Henderson: It was mental!
Lucas Sinclair: You had a funeral...
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References Twin Peaks: Episode #2.22 (1991) See more »


Written by Edgar Froese, Christopher Franke and Johannes Schmölling
Performed by Tangerine Dream
Courtesy of Jive Records
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"Will you be my new brother?" NO! (dialog)
22 September 2016 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

The Duffer Bros give a clinic in how to make the old new again.

Showing how the trick is not deconstructing a formula that works, but rebuilding it in a way that is both fresh and new.

And they did an awesome job.

The "influences" may be obvious but the twists and turns, the dialog, the direction, the unusual casting, make the whole series fun, engaging, addictive.

The casting in particular. Ryder again does everything but chew up the furniture. So different from her film persona when she was younger! Natalia Dyer sports one of the most interesting faces I've seen in a long time. She is so sympatico and interesting, she steals all her scenes.

David Harbour usually plays bad guys but is terrific as a hero. Millie Bobby Brown is nothing less than unforgettable.

In fact the whole series is unforgettable.

Bring on Season 2. The popcorn is on me.

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