11 Details you may have missed in 'Stranger Things 2'
If you are reading this I am hoping that you have seen the latest series of Stranger Things. If you haven't, I am imploring you to either a) Watch Stranger Things 2 RIGHT NOW! or b) Close this tab and come back after you have watched it. Now, if you have watched Stranger Things 2, there may have been a few clever little details that you missed out on.
Stranger Things is a series full of "Easter Eggs" and by that I mean it has plenty of references to old films, possible plot hints and hidden treasures. The first season was full of them and it turns out that this season is no different. Take a look at the list below and be prepared to load up Netflix and binge-watch the whole series again.
1. Everything adds up to 11
5 + 1 + 5 = 11
3 + 5 + 3 = 11
7 + 4 = 11
2. Does Pennywise live in the upside down?
Bob reveals that he was haunted by a clown when he was a child in Maine in the 1950's... which is where, and when, the film "It" was set. According to Bob, the clown was called Mr Baldo, which is a fair description of Pennywise's big round head. Add the fact that Finn Wolfhard, who plays Mike in Stranger Things, also starred in It and suddenly it doesn't look like much of a coincidence.
3. Marty McFly gets plenty of shout outs
The producers of Stranger Things were obviously fans of Back to The Future with Max having the same brand skateboard as Marty Mcfly, and the Byers family having the same camcorder.
4. It turns out the guys behind Stranger Things like mirroring a lot of films...
Like this shot which mirrors the Spielberg classic, Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
5. Or Indiana Jones
If you're honestly trying to tell me that when Hopper went back to fetch his hat, you didn't have that music playing in your head, then you are a LIAR.
6. And Indiana Jones again...
Max using a box to get to the gas pedal of Billy's car was totally a shoutout to the scene in Temple of Doom when Short Round does the exact same thing.
7. And Star Wars, of course
The scene whereby Eight trains Eleven to maximise her powers is pretty much EXACTLY the same as when Yoda is training Luke Skywalker in The Empire Strikes Back. They're even lifting heavy transporting objects, for god's sake (a train and X-wing, respectively.)
8. Eight's name was forboding
Eight was one of the more interesting characters in the series as it wasn't all too clear why she was required, other than being Eleven's sister. However, her real name was Kali, which is also the name of the Hindu goddess of death. As we all know by now, Kali took pleasure in killing those who had done her wrong. Perhaps we are going to see her return in the next series.
9. Bob and his love of treasure
In episode five Bob can be seen getting very excited by the idea of searching for treasure on Will's frantically drawn map. Funnily enough, Sean Astin (Bob) also had a penchant for searching for treasure when he starred in the cult-classic, The Goonies.
10. Eleven wears Hoppers' daughter hairband
In a flashback during season one, we get an insight into Hoppers' history, including the tragic death daughter Sara. Hopper can be seen wearing the blue hairband that Sara used to wear around his wrist and then in the final scene of the series, Eleven can be seen wearing it while she dances with Mike. Cry cry cry.
11. The final song has a lot of meaning
While it may seem like a cute song to end the series, I'll Be Watching You, maybe a lot more creepy than it seems. The final scene saw Hawkins High be flipped back into the upside down and the Mind Flayer standing over the school. While the kids may seem safe, it appears that the Mind Flayer is still watching them, particularly Will.
Stranger Things is undoubtedly one of the best shows to grace our screens in the last few years and these hidden easter eggs just add to the complex charm of the show. Also, in case you didn't realise, there are 11 items on this list. 11. Eleven. ELEVEN. SHE IS EVERYWHERE.