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Stranger Things 2×08 – ‘The Mind Flayer’ – Review

This article contains spoilers

Bob bites it, Will is still creepy, Steve is still bae.

Poor one out for our homie Bob (Sean Astin). Under siege by the Demidogs, tech savvy Bob offers himself until to turn back on the labs power so they can all escape to relative freedom. In scenes heavily reminiscent of Jurassic Park, Dr Owens guides Bob through the lab via walkie-talkie. The moment the audience sees Bob’s forgotten gun, there’s nothing down for him. After a narrow escape, he reunites with THE Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) – who smartly knocked Will (Noah Schnapp) the fuck out – and is promptly ripped apart by the Demidogs as he reaches for his love. A hero’s death indeed, one that I reserved for Hopper (David Harbour). RIP Bob, you nerdy sod.

Hawkins Hero Steve (Joe Keery) shows up to the rescue ( ok, so there where other people there, like, every other character, but lets ignore that for now) and reunited, they head for shelter and to come up with a plan. Of course, its Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) using his D&D knowledge that gives the Shadow Monster its name and purpose: The Mind Flayer. Old, evil, and bent on the destruction of our world. They decide to get information from Will by tying him up in the basement and covering everything in tinfoil.

While all this is going on, Nancy (Natalia Dyer) has the sheer AUDACITY to try to apologies to King Steve.

“Nanc, it’s ok” he tells her.

It’s not. But Steve does not need Nancy Wheeler and she sure as hell does not deserve his lovely bouffant. Go back to Jonathan girl, Steve is ours.

Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Joyce and Jonathan (BOOOOOOO) try to tempt to real Will out by telling him nostalgic stories of their shared past when Hopper realizes Will is tapping a Morse code message on the side of the chair. Close. Gate. Nobody knows what that means. But then the phone rings, double agent Will realises where he is and everybody is fucked.

The demidogs are on their way and everyone Avengers style suits up. Bless Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) with his little toy. Points for being involved though.

Then, as they stare death in its ugly face, the door swings open.

Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) has come to save the day. FINALLY!

She’s kicked the demidog’s arse. She blanks Max (Sadie Sink). She is the epitome of bad ass.

There’s one episode left. The gang is finally reunited and there seems to be so much to tie up in one poxy episode. After episode seven’s misstep, Stranger Things is back to its best.  Mike and Eleven have been reunited and that gives me some sort of beautiful and misplaced hope that everything is going to be alright. Seeing Joyce and Eleven embrace is enough the warm the coldest heart, and here’s hoping their relationship is developed in more detail next season.

Eight down , one to go. Fingers crossed Billy is the shadow monsters dinner,

Steve Harrington 4eva

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