Chapter 3: The Pollywog
Dustin finds what was in his trash can at the end of the last episode, while Eleven tries to disobey what Hopper has been telling her to do.
As soon as Dustin sees what was in his trash can, he takes it and brings it inside and kept it as another pet. I feel bad for the pet turtle and his mother's cat. What he brings in looks like some pollywog that can eat anything, mostly candy as Dustin as given him.
He shows the creature to the guys and Max and tries to figure out what it is and names it Dart. But soon Will hears the same scream that he heard from the creature that in the upside down the world and freaks out. The creature soon runs off, and the guys chase after it but when Will sees it and starts getting another episode in the Upside Down World, but this times tries to stick up for himself the way Bob had advised him, but the creature puts its shadowy arms through his mouth and ears.
Meanwhile, Eleven wants to get out of the cabin and see Mike, but Hopper isn't going to let that happen. He kept promising her that he will, but it keeps being put off more and more (something parents would do all the time). As soon as Hooper leaves, Eleven wonders out and gets spotted by a mother and her child and tells the cops. But she moves on and tries to see Mike until she sees him with another person and leaves.
I thought that "The Pollywog" was a terrific episode. From the Hooper and Eleven-story line to Dustin and the guys meeting and searching for Dart. I was in the standing mode when Eleven and Mike were so close to seeing each other. I thought the writing of this episode was very good and the performance from Brown and Noah Schnapp was outstanding, some of their performances stood out. Overall, I give this episode an 8/10.
Chapter 4: Will the Wise
As Joyce rushes to find Will, other issues are happening as they come in this episode.
As Joyce races to the school to find Will, she runs into Dustin, Lucas, and Max and sees that Will is outside with Mike, in another trance of seeing the Upside Down and the creature. After he is awake, he is taken home and tells his mom as best he could what he sees and how he feels about it, but it doesn't come out in words. The next day comes when Will doesn't feel good and shows a body temperature that's below any normal. He wouldn't take a warm bath saying that it was too hot and tells Joyce that he doesn't want to take a shower it gets warm and walks out.
As Joyce tries to call Hopper many, many, many times. He finally comes and tends to what was going on. He asked Will about what he has seen and felt, but he just couldn't tell him so instead does it in the drawing, and at first, it may seem to look like scribbles. But it's a huge puzzle that needed to be put together and sees blue vines, and Hooper thinks of one thing and heads out to the pumpkin patch. Later.
Dustin keeps Dart and leaves him home with more candy. Mike, Lucas, and Max tries to find Dart around the school but still couldn't find it. Mike tells only Lucas and Dustin about the creature and how it connects to Will's episodes in the Upside Down. Mike goes over to see how Will is doing and asked Joyce about the creature he's seen.
While Mike handles his thing, Lucas catches up with Max and tries to get her to come along to find Dart. But she doesn't want to after what Mike had told her that she's not a member. And the two break off as she heads to her so-called brother's car (who by the way is a real pain in the ass if I may say).
Nancy and Johnathan head to meet with Barb's parents to tell them what happen and gets caught with the DOE people and is brought to have a meeting with Owen. Thinking that they're plan didn't go through, it did as Nancy recorded the conversation with Owen while inside the DOE building. WOW!
The one story in this episode that got me was that of Eleven and Hopper. As soon as she comes back to the cabin, Hopper goes strict mean dad mode and tries to tell her that he's trying to protect her. But she thinks that he's lying to her and causes a big mess in the cabin. Hooper takes everything away from Eggos (NO!!) to even Television (NO!!!!!), but he couldn't leave the television because of her powers and just pulls the plug. After a night of cleaning parts up Hopper tells her that if she cleans the cabin that he'll repair the TV.
While cleaning up the cabin, she spots a hidden door that has boxes full of stuff and sees Hawkins Lab. She understands and looks through the files and comes to what is her file with her name and her parents. She does her ninja power with the radio and sees her mother, but she goes away after hearing her call Eleven by hearing the name, Jane.
The episode ended pretty creepily that at one time I had to look away because there's one scene that I knew that was coming. When Dustin comes home, he rushes to his room and sees that the tank that Dart was in has been broken and leaves a shed of skin. He turns and hears growing near the closet door and sees blood on the floor and walks towards it to look that Dart has grown and eaten the cat. But Dart is shown as an early stage look to what the creature in Season One looked like with its mouth opening like a planet.
And let's not to mention that as soon as Hooper figured out the blue vines, he heads out to the pumpkin patch farm and digs till he spots something gross and blue. Also, he goes into a tunnel that happens to look like what Will was seeing.
"Will the Wise" was such a good episode that had some really good moments from the gross of Dart eating the cat to the sad moment of Eleven seeing her mother and not to mention that Hooper finding a tunnel of the Upside Down World. This episode has about everything to offer and then some. I enjoyed everyone performance. Overall, I give this episode a 9/10.
You can catch Stranger Things Season 2 now on Netflix.