Just saw the recap of season 1 on youtube… it was just as senseless as I remember\\\
OK HERE WE GO SEASON 2 BABYYY
#8 HAS ARRIVED
toothless is doing something and Mike is stealing loose change
things are happening fast
TO THE ARCADE
why did they need to go to play this Dragon game RIGHT NOW
Cheese puffs guy beat their score oh wait it wasn’t him
Cheese puffs wants a date
WILL SEES SNOW AND NOW HE IS IN THE UPSIDE DOWN
wowowow HELEN SCREAMS BLOODY MURDER
ok so it looks like their is a storm in the upside down world
will and mike look so similar!
PTL the sheriff is here. he’s my fav. .. Russian spies? interesting Why is it always Russia?
Sheriff should really listen to beard dude. I think he’s on to something.
oh boy stupid girl and stupid boy are still together. oh apparently she’s smart because she’s helping him with his homework. oh his name is steve.
NEW CHARACTER ALERT
red haired smoker. so far of no importance
poor will is getting teased.
ANOTHER NEW CHARACTER
red haired girl: her name is max and she’s from CA. SO AM I
SEAN ASTIN SO GOOD TO SEE YOU BUT WHY ARE YOU MAKING OUT WITH WILL’S MOMMY????
I hope he’s a good guy…
All the pumpkins are rotten. The day before halloween
ALL ARE INVITED TO THE HALLOWEEN RASH
even Jonathan who is friends with stupid girl now apparently
so much making out jeez luzezz
WHERE DOES WILL HAVE TO GO IN?
will is being inspected and doctor is trying to be nice. agh i always hated it when physicians try and make small talk.
:O :O EVIL WANTS TO KILL EVERYONE EXCEPT WILL
why do they think this doctor knows anything at all? Why aren’t they focussing on getting into the upside down world and destroying the evil? Why aren’t they calling the avengers or jake and finn?
hm doctor waved he’s probs bad guy
An astronaut is going in an elevator. oh good he’s going in upside down world. easy. yes just flame throw everything.
kiddos spying on max. such angst. OH she is the one with the high score on that stupid game. OH WOW mike is a bad kid now. he graffitied the bathroom
Stupid boy and girl are at barb’s house. Barb’s parents have hired an investigator. unfortunately they will not because she was too good for this show. she is much better off dead. at least she is not miserable like these folks
NOW STUPID GIRL FEELS BAD BECAUSE SHE’S AFRAID TO GET CAUGHT
Mike is calling 11 on the walkie because he’s in love with her.
where did toothless get teeth?
they be biking around at night. why?
If i were them i would not be doing that
I would have moved away
or killed myself
Will is practicing some art therapy
THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH YOU WILL
YOU CAN’T HANDLE IT ON YOUR OWN
BEING FREAK IS THE BEST?!? HE COUGHS UP SLUGS LIKE RON IN THAT WIZARD MOVIE. NOT THE BEST. good pep talk tho big bro
Sean Astin is not nearly as cute as he used to me. why are they afraid of the phone?
back to the lab. guy playing with ball- we have all decided he’s about to die
scenes jumping around so much idk where we are
is that will or mike? they look the same
it’s dark. AS USUAL. it’s always night in this city. oh theres the upside down world and big spider monster. WHAT IS THE MONSTER. IT MUST BE A METAPHOR
Cabin in the woods… Will’s old house? Sheriff is in the house now ad it is dark AS USUAL
IS IT 11??? EGGOs
11 is alive. Big surprise. WHAT A TWIST NO ONE SAW coMING
sheriff is the bestest.
EPISODE 2 as liveblogged by Teeben
11 Flashback episode ;et’s go
Upside down is all cool lighting except for the portal?
the particle FX for the upside down got way better in s2
There’s a crack in the wall in the style of Doctor Who s5
The upside down is made out of ectoplasm
Rebirthed imagery through the wall of the school. What will follow 11 through the portal tho?
I’m amazed they decided to just bring 11 back immediately, like literally the same night that s1 finale happened
Millie Bobby Brown is the new archetype of moody powerful silent tween girls, along with Lara from Logan, Nova in War for the Planet of the Apes, and Negasonic Teenage Warhead in Deadpool (kind of)
Hopper takes care of 11 way better than himself. Food, safety, etc.
11 has (almost) normal speech pattern now that she’s lived w/ Hopper
Duffer Brothers continue to repeat Spielbergian ET imagery with 11 trying to sneak out on Halloween
-Harkens back to Mike’s “I promise” in s1
“11 probably has the best life of anybody on this show. Eggo waffles and she’s safe”
Ghostbusters costume–I wonder if the Duffer brothers fact-checked every 80s referenc to make sure there were no anachronisms
The new BBEG for s2–is it the mother of the Demigorgon? Demommagorgon?
s2 is going mad with match cuts
They all wanted to be Venkman LOL
The new Max character seems like a heavy-handed attempt to add female characters/pass the Bechdel test.
Will is quite the artist if his mother can use his drawing to find the exact field he drew
1984 doctors are correctly inept about PTSD (new! no longer called Shell Shock!)
Sean Astin stunt casting to double down on Goonies allusion.
“No one leaves small towns. The two people who do are known as ‘the people who left'”
–Alia, on small towns
The evil corp has set up a base in the Upside Down??
Doctor-man loves his stress ball–does HE have PTSD/has spent time in the upside down?
Nancy has the widest lowest set cheekbones on the planet
Nance has PBSD(post Barb stress disorder)
“IT’s like everyone forgot, like no one cares”
-meta commentary on s1 poor handling of Barb, and the fan outcry
“It’s always night on this show!” Beth
“They’re in a closet!” Sami
Steve=Steve Holt + Jean Ralphio
MADMAX has yet to speak
I love the detail that Will’s ghostbusters jumpsuit is a slightly different than everyone else’s, just like real life cosplay
“That’s presumptuous of you” -Max
11 learns about real life through TV, just like the rest of us!
11 KILLS A SQUIRREL IN A FLASHBACK
Now she’s eating it
Ginger the Elder is supposed to be a handsome bad boy, but he looks scraggly in a older brother lion from Lion King II kind of way
THIS destroyed pumpkin patch is 2 for $4 instead of 2 for $3
“!! What if it’s…..DINOSAURS?” BEth
Samwise got fat.
Whenever I see Will I can only think of this kid
Has ANYONE ever been to a party that looks as good as a movie high school no parents party??
spotted costumes: Animal House, no longr appropriate Native American costume(plural), PAC-Man, Gizmo from Gremlins, Jason form Friday the 13th, Michael Landis’ Teen Wolf(?)
Public Domain: Raggedy Anne, an Oktoberfest maid??
Netflix must pay a fortune for the licensing rights to all the period music used in Stranger Things
Sean Astin plans a prosperous life in Maine with a radio shack. How do we tell him?
“This is not a normal family.” “It could be.”
SO MANY MATCH CUTS
My personal candy tier list:
1. Peanut butter M&Ms
2. Those Japanese gummy candies
11 is watching Boris Karloff Frankenstein scene with the little girl. She’s both the monster and the girl ;___;
The Mommagorgon seems to have the Alien’s head on a shadow octopus body. Again, Netflix really pitched in for the FX budget this season. Thank you based Netflix for actually supporting shows no one else would.
Nance tries to drown Barb pain with alcohol
Nance spills her drink, Can’t Buy Me Love Style
“You don’t love me?” Steve
“‘s bullshit.” Nance
Mike and will are closest bc they look the same–Beth
The noise in the upside down sounds like lemurs or something
Beth to Sami: “LEt’s create a secret handshake. You stick your finger in my nose, I stick your fingers in your nose.”
Sami claims 11’s astral projection/Cerebro scenes are cribbed from Under the Skin(2013)
The scariest thing in s2 is Dustin’s trash can
Conclusion: So far, Duffer Brothers wisely avoid retreading the exact same story beats as season one, instead focusing on the trauma that the characters are burdened by, and how that affects how they trust (or don’t trust) each other. New characters like Samwise and Max have yet to prove their value as anything other than character foils so far, but if season one is any hint, the Duffer Brothers will find ways to make each character redeemable and valuable( a la Steve) and bring them into the Stranger Things fold.
Overall grade: B+
SAMI’S TAKE ON CHAPTER 3
dustin is my favorite character.
he got a new friend animal! something special what could it be!
WHAT IS IT
(we don’t know)
he feeds it candy
and eats some of the candy
he is so sweet to the slime dude.
he is gonnna be bad guy this lil salamander.
he fell asleep. i might soon too.
salamander gurguesl in sleep.
turning into frog now. looks painful. evil.
i love the theme song!
bumbumbumbum-interrupted by stephen showing me something from my childhood nightmares – dinosaurs a puppet show – eeeeeeeeeee 😦
sheriff found 11! in the flashback
11 is sad. she is in puberty.
he eats the same food as buddy the elf.
he’s trying to solve this conflict the way i did with alli as a child – tryna make her laugh instead of saying sorry
the sheriff is FAT
11 speaks like kevin from the office. save time. see world!
WYNONA NO SHE IS CRAZY KOO KOO WOMAN
dustin loves to read!
but the librarian is evil she tricked him she is evil
HE STOLE THEM HE IS THE GREATEST!
but did he notice that his salamander grew?
will is creeeeeepy
bob tries to relate to will
but wait where are they going?
live blogging is distracting me from my program.
this stranger things doesnt have me yelling nearly as much as the last one. maybe we should turn off more lights? maybe we need more stressed out wynona???
the redhead girl looks sunburnt. is that racist?
i don’t like her anyways. i hate new characters.
this teacher only talks about brains. but what he talks about is so relevant to the kids and the storyine!
he brought the salamander. in the ghost buster box. BUT IT’S NOT GONNA BE THERE AT AV CLUB.
circling on a map. PROGRESS IS BEING MADE! on something! the pumpkin case!
(which is the clouddemigorgonmama destroying everything)
is 11 an introvert?
she’s going outside!!!
but first shes having a flashback to move in day!
oh it’s granddad’s house! thought it was will’s old house.
sheriff is happy! he loves having a daughter!
it makes him dance to old music and clean in a fun montage!
11 barely knows how to clean!
but she learns so fast! how nice!
father daughter bonding with morse code! ❤
traps are now set up!
so when 11’s hair is in like basic pixie stage it’s straight (wig) but like present day it’s a perm. how’d that happen?!??!
she e s c a p e s
because it’s spring outside now. seasons new and she is NEW.
QUE ROCK MUSIC AND BRO BBALL FIGHT
the new guy is super creepy and pedostache. i dislike
he’s not even good enough at bball to deflate steve’s hair(ington).
so nancy cares about missing first period. but she takes steve out of pe and that’s ok??
nancy thinks its ok to be drunk.
OH the slamder is at schoold.
they all see him and touch him ewwwwwwwww salmanela.
the vfx are not great.
i have to pee. but we are on a schedule and i dont think i can go 😦
its evil and evolving!
but toothless is in lvoe
WILL think’s it’s his baby!
no wait. he KNOWS IT.
will has now been replaced by the girl.
bob has lunch with winona. i want to eat a sandwich now too.
momma is mad at bullies making fun of will. and that is what bob fell for… weird.
i took a cookie break. there are less comments now by my friends. they are getting tired. OH NO. GOTTA KEEP THEM AWAKE.
also the scientist i thiknk he is bad.
nancy and jonathan are friends.
nancy wants a radio after seeing a guy enjoy his snack with one.NOW SHE SKIPS FOURTH PERIOD BECAUSE SHE CARES NOT ABOUT ANYTHING SHE SAYS SHE CARESA BOUT
11 wants to SWING she is jelous
sheriff reads in a flashback a sad story to 11.
11 has mommy issues. ohhhh no.
sheriff reads books like teachers read powerpoints. BORING
CRAZY WINONA MAMA MODE HER EWE GO
she doesnt get technology hto
losing steam. its gone
her name is joyce?
she’s using the phone instead of scared of it! that’s good!
she doesnt know how to plug it in but she knows how to fast foreard??? yea right
i didnt see the outline until she paused the screen. now she s going CRAZY TRACING! ARTIST MOM! WHY SO FAST THOUGH WHO IS SHE GONNA TELL WHAT CONCLUSION ISGONNA COME TO FASTER
whatever school is out now
i think mike just grew taller a bit since we last saw him.
MIKE IS GOIG WYNONA CRAZY
oh the new boy and girl are not related? he must be her parole officer. or cousin.
will is telling his friends something. that salamander is bad?
salamander is stronger now
ew it plasmaed
are there more? what is he doing on earth?
oh well i’m sure it will be wrapped up by the end of the season.
nancy tellst he trugh to her mom. no wait she sets a trap. ugh
oh more pumpkins great
science is involved now.
11 is in trouble now. sheriff pappa is ocming
SHE’S AT SCHOOL NOW
mike is gonna see her
and get distracted. yikessss
she can smell him
she is tracking him now
this season is not nearly as scary with just a lil salamander than it was with a full on demigorgon.
11 foudn mike.
and the redhead. so she gave her a bruise.
whoaaa fast mama gets out to get will as soon as he does not answer. she needs therapy and doctor visits tooooo
oh will found the monster and is scared now.
bye bye time to go back to the other dimension. will is scared.
dustin ratatouilles that salamander. fool
ok now will faces his fears. is he gonna die???
but it does invade every orifice of his body until the credits roll.