June 12, 2024

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Stranger Things “The Weirdo On Maple Street”

Season One, Episode Two.

And creepy things continue to happen, most of them damaging to telephones and plucky gals named Barb.

So, besides thinking Nancy could do better than Steve…or Jonathan for that matter, what with him snapping photos of everyone in the pool, what is there to say?  These people have problems, though we did learn Chief Hooper used to be a big city cop and that’s why he isn’t just a pathetic drunk.

So, while Eleven bonds with the boys, particularly Mike, Joyce is about as frazzled as a person can be.  But then there was that moment, that small moment at the end of the episode where Joyce, after fleeing the whateveritwas that seemed to push at the walls of her house like said walls were made out of taffy, when she decides to stop panicking and just marches back inside.

See, if I heard the Clash asking whether I should stay or go when that sort of thing was happening, my definite answer would be I would go.  Perhaps if I go there would be trouble, but if I stay there will be double, and that thing might have eaten Barb.

Considering some of the few things I know about the show right now is Barb was something of a break-out character, she probably wasn’t eaten…yet.

Look, I’m really digging this so far, and it is only eight episodes so far, but I’m not sure what to add at this point.  We have a set up in progress, something to get all the plot points in motion, establish characters, and there’s even a flashback to give some more screen time to the missing Will, who may or may not be calling home and shorting out the phone.  In the meantime, let’s just play along.  I’ll probably have more to say when the introductory portion of the narrative is finished and I have some grasp on what plot lines and ideas are more important than others.