Chapter 7: The Lost Sister
Eleven went into the mind of her mama's to search for what had happened to her and turned up to find that there might be a sibling.
When Eleven goes out on her own and searching for what she calls sister, who happens to have been with her when she was with Papa. Eleven fines Eight (the person that was at the beginning of the first episode) in Chicago after searching in mama's mind and papers that her aunt has kept.
There in Chicago, she finds Eight along with her gang, who happen to show a little bit of The Outsiders in a way. Soon after Eleven tells Eight who she is and what brought her to see her, the two connected well. But Eight has ideas for whether and her gang can do with Eleven's powers, one of them is taking down the person that hurt their mama.
Soon Eleven travels with Eight and the gang to search for the man that ruined their mama. As they get there, they start touching the man and just when Eleven was about to kill him, she saw a photo of him with his daughters and stopped. Eight later pulls a gun and Eleven prevents her from shooting him. But the kids, who happen to be in their bedrooms, had called 911 and soon the cops were on their way. Eleven gets a few words from Eight about never to stop her.
Back at the hideout, Eight get into Eleven's head when she sees papa walking in the room and has Eleven apologizing. But soon as things were seemed to be okay, the Chicago PD was on there a way to bust in. But with Eight and her mind tricks, they did get away, but only Eleven decided not to stay with Eight and her gang and left them to go back to her friends.
"The Lost Sister" was an intense episode. I enjoyed the one standalone episode of Eleven's adventure to see her lost sister and come to find that Eight is not like her at all and entirely different from what she has learned with Mike and friends. Browns give a good performance once again, and the writing was excellent. Overall, I give this episode a 9/10.
Chapter 8: The Mind Flayer
HOLY SHIPS!!! From beginning to the end I was either stand up or sitting on the edge of my chair during this episode.
The episode picks off right where we left in episode six, and the creatures came up and taken apart the lab. Mike tells Joyce to put Will to sleep because he is the one communicating with the creatures and after Joyce asked Will a simple question that only needed to be answered in a split second, she put him to sleep.
Owens and Hopper got to Joyce, Mike, Bob and Will and headed to the control room after there seems to be no way out. As they get into the control room, the power goes out, and it looked like it was up to Bob to save the day. Bob goes to turn the power back on, and as he does, he also helps to navigate the creatures away from the area.
With Hopper, Joyce, Mike and Will out, only Bob was the last to get out, and with the help from Owen, it looked it her was in good shape but sorry to say, he got the Barb treatment in this one. As Bob was in the closet, he steps out, and as soon as he walks out, he knocks the broomstick out and falls to the floor. One of the creatures hears it and chases Bob but as he escapes death, turns out that the creature jumped through the doors and attacked him.
Hopper grabs a distraught Joyce, and with Johnathan and Nancy driving in, they all left along with Lucas, Dustin, Max, and Steve. They all head back to Joyce's house and trying to figure out what the hell these creatures are. Mike and the gang come up with an idea of what these creatures are and figures that the creature is communicating from Will's mind and soon figures that Will is still there and communicates with Morse code. So they do an interrogation but only telling him stories from birthdays to drawing to even to music and first time Mike and Will met. Those scenes were compelling, mostly from Joyce and Mike telling Will. They do get a message out that says "Close Gate." Which is probably about the gate that Eleven came through from the upside down.
But all good plans must fail at some point, and that comes from the phone in the house going off twice, and soon Joyce puts Will out again and takes him back to the house. Everyone is on full alert as the creature was to come. There seemed to be one around the house until it screams and what looked like it jumped through the window, but apparently, it was dead. Soon the locks on the door started to unlock, and as the door opens, everyone's faces were in shock to see that Eleven is back!!
OMG! "The Mind Flayer" was probably one of the best intense episodes comparing to the others in this season. It had a blended of humor, intense drama, emotional drama and not to mention a great ending to the episode with Eleven walking in. I don't know about you guys but does anyone think that Hopper might be Will's dad? I'm asking this because that's what my brother thinks. Also, I thought that Mike's eulogy of Bob was very helpful and heartwarming as well. Anyway, the performances from Ryder, Wolfhand, and Schnapp were terrific and very memorable. I did have to grab tissues. Overall, I give this episode a 9.5/10.
You can catch Season 2 of Stranger Things available on Netflix now along with Season One.