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Stranger Things 2, “Chapter Two: Trick or Treat, Freak”, Recap!

Picking up from the last episode, MADMAX, we get a little more detail of what exactly did happen at the end of last season with Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) and Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) and the repercussions this will have on The Party. Warning, spoilers abound…if you haven’t watched it yet, watch it right now and then come back!!!

Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) finding a way back in from the Upside Down.

Opening with a flashback we’re off running with this episode. At the explosive conclusion of the first season, it had seemed as if Eleven’s sacrifice had destroyed her, but, as we find, it didn’t. Pushed into the Upside Down, Eleven found herself on the reverse side of the school. Finding a hole created in the fight, she managed to escape back into our world, but things are never that simple. With the FBI, and other government entities swarming Mike’s house, she took to the woods.

Back to the present, we find exactly where and with whom Eleven’s been staying, Hopper. Settled deep in the woods and far enough back in that nobody has found them yet, Hopper and Eleven have been hidden for the last year with her only window to the outside world, the television. With Halloween just days away, she’s come up with a plan to get into see her friends and not be seen, trick-or-treating as a ghost completely with sheet with two eye holes, a plan that is quickly shot down by Hopper, but not without the promise of candy and  learning the word for the day “compromise”, “C-O-M-Promise,” and to be “half-way happy.”

We find through other flashbacks that Eleven lived in the woods a bit before Hopper found her. Not without damage to animals and at least one poor guy.

Back to the present, Hopper heads to work only to find more than just the one field of pumpkins have begun to rot, but the rot has spread farther and farther around Hawkins. A rot that is disturbingly reminiscent of another rot he has encountered in the past and one he can’t just tell his deputies about without putting Eleven back in danger.  Hawkens Lab and it’s new director, Dr. Sam Owens (Paul Reiser) denies any knowledge about the rot.

The Party out Trick-Or-Treating in their Ghostbusters Uniforms

With the rest of the group, Halloween means Trick-or-Treating, costumes (GHOSTBUSTERS!), and even more awkwardness between the group and their, almost, newest member Max. Along with miscommunication, far too much excitement, the boys head off to school in their freshly finished Ghostbusters costumes (wonderful bits of the Ghostbuster theme in the soundtrack) only to find….nobody else in the 8th grade have dressed up in costume for school, leading to much awkwardness and general teasing of the “nerds.” Lucas and Dustin finally get the nerve up to invite Max to join them to go Trick-or Treating that evening with some encouragement from Will.

Trick-or-Treat night takes some decidedly strange turns with Nancy still struggling with Barb’s death first talking Jonathan into a party for the teens and then arguing with Steve while very drunk and saying some drunkenly true, but very hurtful things to him.  For the kids, Mike is less than happy for Max to join them out for the night, and not just because her crazy step-brother tried to run them down earlier the day, but for his own reasons. Getting separated frou the group, Will, being bullied by older kids suddenly finds himself slip back into the Upside Down and then looming threat has come even close now. Mike finds him hiding by one of the upscale houses they had crashed the neighborhood to Trick-or-Treat at, taking him home, leaving a very confused Max with worried Dustin and Lucas.

Will finally opens up to Mike, back at Mike’s house about what he has been seeing and Mike admits he still feels Eleven close by at times, leading to the greatest quote of the night, “If we’re both going crazy, then we’ll go crazy together, right?” If that’s not best friend, what is?

One of the sweetest moments of the night comes with Joyce (Winona Ryder) and her boyfriend, Bob (Sean Austin), have a quiet moment while the boys are out. Bob’s not the flashiest guy around, but a true and steady kind of guy that just about any woman would really want when it comes down to it.  Bob’s best, if corny line of the night was, “I hope you night doesn’t suck,” while dressed as a very cliched Dracula. Gotta love Bob!




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