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Stranger Things "Chapter Four: The Body"


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:mac_alert:  SPOILER WARNING: This is a discussion on the fourth episode of Stranger Things. It contains spoilers for the series through S1:E4. Do not read this page if you do not want to know what happens through the end of Chapter Four.




Stranger Things "Chapter Four: The Body"


"The earth must've given way"


Season 1, Episode 4   50m





















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


Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Matthew Modine

TV Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Director: Shawn Levy


Soundtrack: Atmosphere (Joy Division), Should I Stay Or Should I Go (The Clash)






Unanswered Questions:

  • What were they attempting to do at Hawkins National Laboratory by sending Shepard through the portal?
  • Does the portal take you to the other dimension?
  • What is the other dimension?
  • ​Is the nature of the other dimension alien, supernatural, or something else?
  • Why fake Will Byers' death?
  • Why are we beginning to see a grid motif appearing in Stranger Things? Grids are everywhere. Does this hint at deeper themes?
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I also found this interesting. Shepard walks into the portal and they cut right to this. It's a reference to Joseph Conrad's poem Heart of Darkness, which has as one of it's better known lines “The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.”





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The breakdown of the '80s stuff in "Stranger Things" that our friends Vic Sage and The Retroist are doing keeps rolling on. Today is Stranger Things "Chapter Four: The Body" where they cite at least 18 1980s references in the episode:



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