“Chapter 7: The Massacre at Hawkins Lab”
Okay, that was the end of Volume One of Season 4 of Stranger Things and it was fantastic.
The final two episodes, including the oversized 2 1/2 hour 9th episode, drop on July 1st. Thankfully, though, there was no horrific cliffhanger making me yell at the screen when it went to black,
Of course, it went to black several times so I had that terrible feeling multiple times.
The biggest reveal in this episode is how they connect Vecna to the orderly at Hawkins Lab and to Victor Creel. I did not see it coming and I really liked how it all developed. Of course, the orderly that had been approaching Eleven in the flashbacks turned out to be Henry Creel, son of Victor, who turned out to be the mysterious One from Hawkins Lab. He also was the one who slaughtered all of the kids in the lab. I said last write-up that I thought there was going to be a twist coming and that Eleven did not turn out to be the person who killed the kids, despite that is what the show wanted you to think, and I was right.
However, I never guessed that Eleven would open a door to the Down Under and that would cause the creation of Vecna. I like that a lot because it gives Eleven an even deeper reason to be involved in the upcoming final struggle with Vecna besides the fact that she needs to help her Hawkins friends.
No Mike crew in this episode. I very much expect them to arrive at Nina Project near the beginning of episode 8.
Hopper threw down with the Demogorgon in the Russian prison camp while Joyce watched on. The intensity of the confrontation was cool and the reunion of Hopper and Joyce was great, but I am ready for them to be out of Russia.
Dustin truly is a rock star. His theories have been 100% on target all season long and he has to be considered one of the MVP of the Haskins group. It is Dustin or Nancy.
When Vecna stepped in and took over Nancy, I was literally yelling at my screen.
Now that the first 7 episodes are in the book and we have a month to wait for the last two episodes, I can look at the first part as a whole. I found it somewhat uneven and I was not a fan of several of the storylines that took place. It definitely built to a strong final few episodes.
Favorite Episode: I’m torn between “Dear Billy” and “The Monster and the Superhero”. It is one of those. I would lean toward “Dear Billy.”
Least Favorite Episode: Still Chapter 1: The Hellfire Club” by far.
Best Actor: It is Millie Bobby Brown for the whole season, but I would say that the best single performance was Sadie Sink in episode four.
Most Underused: Will Myers. Why can’t Noah Schapp get his own storyline. He is a great actor, but it seems as if this show constantly sticks him in the background.
Best New Character: There are a bunch, but I have grown to like Eddie. I was not a fan of him in episode one, but he has become a much more enjoyable character so far.
Worst new character: I have no interest in Argyle.
Favorite Storyline: The Vecna investigations in Hawkins.
Worst Storyline: Hopper in Russian prison camp
- Dustin. He has been awesome this season.
- Paul Reiser. Always good to see him.
- Jason as the charismatic leader of the Hawkins flash mob.
- Victor Creel. Great cameo from Robert Englund
- The special effects and look of the show is brilliant.
- Vecna. Great villain. Absolutely menacing.
- Murray. And then Murray as Yuri.
- Characters interacting. This show does individual conversations extremely well.
- The group all split up. I want them all back together.
- Dumb ass parents.
- The government led by Lt. Colonel Sullivan
- Not enough Erica Sinclair
- Lack of Jonathan. I’m fine with Jonathan and Nancy seemingly growing apart. I always liked her with Steven more anyway. But that does not mean that we have to turn Jonathan into a stoner waste.
July 1st should be a big day for Netflix.