Each week Dean and Jessica put an episode of Stranger Things under their profane microscope to see what happens. They endeavor to mix thoughtful analysis and commentary with absurdity… they make themselves laugh.
Matthew and Josh join Jessica and Dean for a special four-way discussion about season two's finale. Matthew reads a passage out of "Heart of Thunder" (Ms. Wheeler's romance novel), Josh and Dean debate the use of Billy, and Jessica ensures we miss no details as we plow forward. Thanks again to everyone who joined us for another excellent season of Stranger Things. We'll see you for season three!
Dean and Jessica have kicked Matthew back to Portland and they are finally back to work on The Hawkins Report. Jessica and Dean were both relieved to see that Stranger Things is back to form with "The Mind Flayer", and Dean totally forgets that "The Lost Sister" happened because he opens his commentary by saying, "We pick right up where we left off..." Um, no we didn't Dean - there was a whole episode in between.
In a season full of highs we've finally gotten a lull, and Jessica and Dean are convinced that this was the worst episode yet. That's not to say that there aren't redeeming qualities, but there is a lot of super-hero movie and Sith/Jedi dynamics on display -- both of which are a bit overplayed. Despite the limitations in this week's episode, Jessica and Dean manage quite a few laughs - especially when "The Craft" comes up and we get a glimpse into Jessica's childhood.
"The Spy" raises the bar for season two and supplants "Dig Dug" as the season stand-out. Jessica and Dean talk all things Murray: is he a creep or what? They also get into the Aliens style assault on the Upside Down tunnels, they talk Billy's curling and cigarette work-out, and Jessica reaffirms her love of Steve. All this and more on -- The Hawkins Report.
"Dig Dug" may be the best episode of Season Two. Dean and Jessica make the point that "things happen" and those things are perfectly timed. There has been plenty of set-up, sub-plot, and character growth. The Duffer brothers continue to be capable show runners who can weave all the lines together into a tightly knit story. For a season with plenty of high points, Dig Dug may stand alone versus the previous four chapters. What do you think?
Jessica and Dean are back at it again and they jump right into the aftermath of Will's encounter with the "Shadow Monster" that apparently has invaded Will's psyche. Yikes. We also talk about Billy the racist, Hopper's aggressive parenting, and an interesting encounter in the Hawkins Lab.
Jessica and Dean bring Matthew onto this week's episode and the trio dive deep into "The Pollywog". They all share some concerns for Dustin, but are largely optimistic about his story line for the season long-haul. The protagonists continue to be agents of action (see: Nancy, and Eleven). They do things. They make decisions and we approve. Matthew begs the show to stop making him watch Eleven cry, and the gang speculates on what types of life lessons that Hopper will teach Eleven.
This week Dean watches the right episode, and both Jessica and Dean agree that this was another strong showing. Stranger Things continues to do what it does well: develop great interpersonal relationships, and this week it is Eleven and Hopper that shine. Jessica says she hates Billy, but Dean is predicting a mid-season turnaround on her feelings for Billy. What do you think? Will Jessica 180 on Billy? Will she fall for those tight blue jeans and devil-may-care attitude? Only time will tell.
Did Dean watch the wrong episode? Does Jessica still have a "it's complicated" relationship with Steve? Is Mr. Wheeler still a creep-show? Does the second season set up anything interesting? Is the chemistry still there with the kids? Is Samwise really making out with Winona? And finally, can anyone trust Paul "steal your pulse rifle and lock you in the med-lab so you can get impregnated by an alien" Reiser ever again?! All this and more on our long-anticipated return to Stranger Things.
At the U.S. Dept. of Energy an unexplained event occurs. Then when a young Dungeons and Dragons playing boy named Will disappears after a night with his friends, his mother Joyce and the town of Hawkins are plunged into darkness.