Thursday, July 4, 2019

Stranger Things: Episode 21

21. The Sauna Test
Nancy and Jonathan are fired by their boss. Mrs. Wheeler encourages her daughter to pursue the story to prove herself, so she visits Mrs. Driscoll at the hospital. Robin uses the money in their tip jar to get blue print of the mall and find out that there is a way to the room guarded by the Russians through the ventilation system. They recruit Erica (Priah Ferguson), Lucas’ sister, to go through the vent and open the door for them. Once there, they discover vials of green goo inside the boxes. Hopper and Joyce blackmail the mayor and find out that the Russians own Starcourt Mall, along with other lands southeast of Hawkins. One by one they visit the venues to further their investigation. Lucas, Mike, and Will call El and Max to warn them about the return of the Mind Flayer, and they suspect that it’s Billy. They lure him into the pool’s sauna to test him and a confrontation between him and El ensues. Now it’s confirmed. Back in the mill, it’s revealed that the Mind Flayer is forming his own army by using the people of Hawkins as host.

It’s been a while since Eleven has done some flexing of her powers. Finally, some action of the supernatural kind! It’s also more exciting this time around because another character is the enemy, not some CGI monster that we couldn’t care less about. That talk between Nancy and Mama Wheeler, though. Lest we forget, this is the 80’s. Even nowadays discrimination is still rampant in different forms regardless if it’s on basis of gender, religion or race. I guess it touches a nerve because that’s just the reality of the world we live in, and despite this show being set three decades ago, the progress seems to have taken a lot of time. But hey, at least there’s progress. So this is the episode where Erica becomes part of the greater picture. She’s annoying to be honest but at least her character is useful now, perhaps even more so than her brother Lucas. I’m just glad that we are getting much of the action now. After all, we’re almost halfway done with this season. I wonder how all of this will end, because there should be a Season 4, right?

"You can't spell America without Erica." –Erica

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