Stranger things season 1 recap

Netflix dropped every eight episodes of the erste season des Stranger Things on July 15. So, prefer a an are demon created in a activities swallowing nach oben helpless teenagers, we binged und recapped every single episode from the season. There room two recaps per page, so feel free to dig in and check out along while you watch. We’ll it is in updating together we watch, so be sure to check back and refresh.

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Stranger Things really sets that ’80s sci-fi/Stephen king vibe ideal off the bat. The series premiere opens on a laboratory isolated bei the woods in Hawkins, Indiana, bei 1983. A man an a laboratory coat runs down a dark hallway, frantically pushing tasten for the elevator. As die elevator come he seems zu be safe, yet as the doors are about zu close something growls over him. He’s traction up und we never see ihm again.


Meanwhile, four middle-schoolers, Michael, Dustin, Lucas, and Will, space playing a fantasy RPG bei their basement. Lock want zu play just a little bit longer, yet it’s time zum them kommen sie go residence Michael’s mommy insists. That sends out Will und Dustin biking home. Lock decide to race and, as möchte pulls away, he finds his method into ns same area as ns laboratory und crashes his bike.


He hears something in the distance und scrambles home, however something’s still chasing him. He holes up bei a shed bei the backyard und loads a gun kommen sie fight turn off whatever’s coming zum him, however it’s not enough. Ns lights flicker, a growl zu sein heard, and Will disappears. That’s die setup for the rest of the series. Möchte Byers vanishes during a night des many power outages across Hawkins. His mother, Joyce (Winona Ryder), can’t find er the following morning, and neither tun können his larger brother, Jonathan.


Joyce goes to polizei Chief Hopper, who seems to schutz his own concerns with pill-popping und general ennui, however he doesn’t seem auch worried. This ist Hawkins after ~ all, a quiet, sleepy town. Hopper’s first instinct is to inquiry Joyce’s ex-husband Lonny, however she insists will wouldn’t run away kommen sie him. Notfall a chance.


Things get weirder when a young girl wearing a hospital gown, finish with a shave head, wanders into Benny’s Diner. Benny feeds her und tries kommen sie make conversation, however she’s elusive. She has actually a tattoo des the number 11 on herstellung arm, und says that’s produziert name. There’s more to her than Benny knows though: She seems to stop a fans from rotate just von using produziert mind. Ich think we’ve gott a lab geprüft on our hands.


Anyway, Benny calls social services to come pick herstellung up, but die people who zeigen up plainly aren’t there kommen sie help. They’re part sort des shady federal government organization, und Eleven, together she’s called, zu sein part des their experiments or something. The woman who shows nach oben kills Benny und a number of agents seek Eleven, however she escapes.


Feeling helpless, and with ns police’s search not finding anything, the boys set out to find möchte on their own. If Michael’s high school-aged sister Nancy zu sein undertaking a an enig romance in her bedroom through a rather annoying dude named Steven, Michael’s out with his friends browsing through the woods v flashlights, looking zum his friend.


In die final moments the action really picks up. Notfall only do die boys stumble ~ above Eleven in the woods, Joyce gets a creepy, static speak to on produziert phone. She says she can hear möchte breathing, yet it’s hard to confirm. There’s static, part growling, und then the lights flicker and the phone surges through electricity, burn Joyce. Stranger Things is just acquiring started, but it’s damn compelling appropriate off ns bat.


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After finding Eleven in the woods, michael brings her rückseitig to his house to sleep. Lucas think it’s a devastating idea and that they have to tell his mommy right away, but as michael points out, that’ll nur get them all grounded because they weren’t supposed to be out hinweisen night looking for Will.


The next day michael tries zu get Eleven zu sneak out und go to the front door to make that look favor she stumbled upon die house, und that method his mom kann sein help. Eleven doesn’t want assist though. She tells michael that “bad people” are after her, und that telling an adult wollen only make jene worse.


Meanwhile, Joyce tells Chief Hopper about the creepy call, and while he’s notfall sure of herstellung story, that admits it’s weird. From there Joyce top to herstellung workplace kommen sie buy a nshasheelamotors.com phone and demand two weeks pay bei advance from produziert boss. Herstellung boss ist reluctant weist first, however since produziert kid’s missing und all, he mirrors a wenig sympathy and gives in.


Back at Michael’s home Eleven watch a picture des the boys and points to Will. She knows him; probably she witnessed him an the woods prior to he vanished. Just before Michael kann ask an ext questions though his mom comes home. That hides Eleven bei the closet, i beg your pardon freaks her out; we acquire a remind to her being dragged right into a dark cell in the Hawkins laboratory. Michael quickly comes kommen sie comfort her though, and it’s clear that Eleven trusts him. Lucas learns zu trust her too, as she shows off die powers she has, closing die door zu Michael’s bedroom with her mind while Lucas and Dustin look at on bei astonishment.


Eventually ns episode builds zu a climax where we discover a wenig more around Will und see an additional monster attack/abduction. Die cops discover a drainpipe in the woods the leads to the laboratory, und they think will may have crawled through. It’s possible, as Eleven uses ns boys’ D&D collection to nur them the Will is hiding from part sort von monster. Then, zu confirm that something yes, really strange ist going on, we see Joyce get another crazy speak to and die walls of her house move und take on some weird shapes. All of this happens while Barb, Nancy’s freundin who’s notfall too pleased zu be the fifth wheel weist Steven’s “house party,” is taken von the monster/alien thing after nancy leaves herstellung to get it on with Steven. Youngsters are missing, cooks are dead an restaurants, and nobody knows what’s going on. Stranger things, indeed.


Well, it isn’t long before we discover out what happened to Barb, und it’s notfall good. If Nancy zu sein getting the on with Steven, she’s trying zu get herself out of some monster underworld thing that looks exactly favor Steven’s backyard pool but way creepier. She can’t carry out it though, and she’s dragged rückseitig into the depths by whatever that lab experiment gone wrong yes, really is.


Meanwhile, die boys decide to meet v Eleven after ~ school and she’ll command them zu where Will is hiding. Prior to that happens, and while ns boys are hinweisen school, Eleven explores the house. She takes a look about Nancy’s room und watches a little TV. She look at a commercial for Coca-Cola and it causes produziert to oase a recall to the laboratory where she was forced kommen sie try and manipulate things, prefer Coke cans, with her mind. She also basically kills 2 dudes wie she’s thrown into lockup again wie man she refuses zu kill a cat, so her strength are absolutely explosive.


As far as the ermittlung goes, Hopper manages zu get inside die Hawkins laboratory, however he doesn’t find much bei terms des evidence. However, when he’s bezeichnen some protection footage from die night von Will’s disappearance, he notices the there’s no rain on ns footage despite the huge storm that night. Totally weird, right? Hopper is starting kommen sie suspect that this Dr. Brenner guy, who he reads a last of shady ingredient about an old papers at ns library, might be a bit des a problem.


If there’s miscellaneous that’s surprising about “Holly, Jolly” it’s that it end on such in emotional, influence note. Die episode creates tension by cutting between Joyce connecting with wollen at herstellung house v Christmas lights right before ns monster starts crawling out von the wall, and Eleven leading die boys kommen sie Will’s house where she states he’s hiding out. Wie man they listen sirens lock follow die cars und end up in the quarry, whereby Will’s body zu sein being pulled out von the water. It’s a disastrous moment, underscored von Nancy und her mommy hugging after produziert daughter division down due to the fact that Barb ist missing, and Jonathan and Joyce embracing in the road.


Oh, well this is interesting. Every little thing might notfall be what the seems wie man it comes to finding Will’s body bei the quarry. Joyce is the first person kommen sie deny that it’s produziert boy they found, even though she hasn’t seen die body yet. She’s weist home telling Hopper the she talked kommen sie Will through die lights and through the wall, deswegen he can’t it is in dead. Maybe, nur maybe, he’s still alive.


The evidence keeps piling up bei fact. Eleven is in the basement with Michael, playing on his walkie-talkie, wie man she find a frequency through Will’s voice ~ above it. He’s singing the same lied from die Clash that jonathan introduced him to. Jene get also shadier wie man Hopper walk to the morgue and is told that die usual coroner didn’t do die autopsy. Instead, some men from “state” take it over. That sounds pretty fishy to me. Wie Joyce refuses kommen sie sign the form saying it’s will on that table, Hopper can’t assist but be intrigued even further.


Meanwhile, a height inside the Hawkins laboratory gives us a sense of just how danger this thing (or these things) could be. A man in a hazmat suit renders his way into ns gooey flesh that adorns one des the walls looking zum some sort des answer around these space monsters/demons/whatever. He doesn’t really gain any die info though. Instead, he it s okay killed, and all the scientists get is in understanding that die situation zu sein dangerous.


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“Chapter Four: die Body” watch many of the taste characters starting to believe in the idea that something supernatural is going down in Hawkins. Nancy sees the monster bei the photo jonathan took of Barb. Wie she tells Jonathan, he recognizes die description as die same one his mom gave. Then there’s Hopper, that goes down to the morgue zu prove zu himself that die body zu sein Will Byers. That knocks out a guard reading a Stephen könig book and finds his method in. That pulls out Will’s body and cuts right into it. What does that find? Stuffing, favor what you’d find an a teddy bear.

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Between Eleven reflecting off an ext of produziert powers when michael confronts his bully, and Hopper making the massive discovery that sends er to rest into ns Hawkins laboratory at the ende of ns episode, jene are heating up at ns halfway point of the erste season.


Hopper already knshasheelamotors.com something was fishy wie man he uncovered stuffing inside Will’s “body,” but in this episode he discovers nur how much he doesn’t know. The manages kommen sie sneak und force his method into ns Hawkins laboratory and finds his way to die room with ns wall covered in monster goo or everything it is. Then, wie he’s drugged and removed from the laboratory, he wakes up in his trailer und finds a bug planted bei his ceiling light. Plus, the hears that the “Stateys” uncovered Barb’s auto near a bus station, i m sorry we understand can’t be true. Yeah, jene are fishy. Together he tells Joyce later: she was right every along.


Meanwhile, ~ a funeral is held for Will, ns boys and Eleven head out to find what they’re calling “a door to die upside down.” usually it’s a rip in the space-time continuum the would enable them kommen sie access bei “underground” universe. That’s where they believe Will is.


As they’re heading to die gate though, v Dustin taking die lead after that notices his compass isn’t pointing true north yet rather towards some other big force des energy, Eleven begins to panic and steers castle away. A flashback expose she to know all too well ns dangers von the “upside down.” Lucas is livid wie man he finds out, und he and Michael begin fighting before Eleven uses her powers to rip Lucas off von him. The knocks ihm right out. Wie he wakes up und storms off, Eleven is gone too.


The boys might not oase found die gate, however it looks like nancy did. She and Jonathan, who’s not at the house when his mom throws Lonny out weil das trying kommen sie profit off of Will’s death, walk searching bei the woods zum any sort des clue. The doesn’t look favor they’ll find much until, danach at night, they stumble ~ above a broken and bleeding deer. They’re just about kommen sie put the out of its misery when it it s okay yanked away über something unseen. The two get break-up up and Nancy find a tree covered in that very same monster goo from ns lab. She crawls with it und emerges in another place, or die “upside down” ns boys space referring to. As the episode cuts to black, nancy has caught die attention des a monster, and Jonathan has actually no clue where she could be.


When we belastung saw Nancy, she was trying to get far from a monster an the “upside down.” “Chapter Six: die Monster” opens up with nancy managing to escape — just barely — as jonathan pulls produziert out from that gross hole in the tree. The two head zurück to produziert place, where nancy tells him to stay ns night since she doesn’t want to be alone. Kommen sie make problem worse, stephen catches a glimpse von the two von them bei her bedroom. Thankfully, teenage boys are really rational and calm, right? Wrong.


While “The Monster” starts through Nancy, the episode ist really about Eleven finding her way back to die boys. Lucas refuses kommen sie accept Michael’s apology and sets out alone zu find the gate, which leads ihm to die Hawkins laboratory. That pipeline Dustin and Michael kommen sie go looking weil das Eleven on their own.


Eleven, together it turns out, ist wandering about town, not sure what zu do. She goes right into a supermarket and makes off with a couple of boxes des Eggos, smashing the fenstern to ns automatic door on ns way out. When Dustin and Michael see the damage, they know she should be close.


Sure enough, Eleven encounters castle at nur the appropriate time. Those bullies manage zu find Michael and Dustin in the woods and chase castle to the quarry. The one bully pulls a knife ~ above Dustin and says he’ll reduced out his teeth if michael doesn’t jump an the quarry. Michael takes ns leap but Eleven saves him, using herstellung mind zu bring him zurück to die top des the quarry. She then throws away the one bully and breaks die other’s arm before telling them kommen sie run. Eleven is reunited with Michael and Dustin, und everything is looking up. Well, there’s deshalb Brenner’s shady agents adhering to them, but still…


While all von this ist happening, Hopper und Joyce track down Terry Ives, the woman who said she lost herstellung daughter to Brenner. Wie they go to question her, they find produziert unable to speak; she’s traumatized und totally out of it. Herstellung sister relays the details, though, also if she doesn’t believe them. She claims Brenner and his human being conducted prüfung on Terry, but she didn’t know she was three months pregnant at ns time. Produziert sister says she had a miscarriage, however that Terry always insisted her baby was born through special powers und Brenner took herstellung away. Sounds favor Eleven kommen sie me.


So Eleven’s mother is in the picture; Lucas ist near ns laboratory; Nancy und Jonathan room gearing up to lure the monster kommen sie them (if Jonathan kann sein get out of the polizei station after gift arrested); und Michael, Dustin, und Eleven have renshasheelamotors.comed your search weil das Will. With just two episodes left, ns search for Will Byers zu sein really heater up.


With Eleven reunited with Mike and Dustin, ns search zum Will is an high gear. At the beginning des “Chapter Seven: ns Bathtub,” Mike, Eleven, and Dustin space on the run after Lucas supplies his walkie-talkie to tell them die “bad men” are coming. Sure enough, those worker lastwagen pull hoch outside Mike’s house. Ns three von them take off und meet trost with Lucas ~ above his bike, directly escaping Brenner und his men wie Eleven flips a van und blocks your way.


When Mike’s bully ends up telling Hopper about Eleven und her powers, he to know he needs to get an touch with Mike. He gathers Nancy, Jonathan, and Joyce, and they all use a walkie-talkie to reach out. They discover out where the boys are hiding and Hopper gets there just in time to knock out a fshasheelamotors.com government agents and bring ns gang back to Joyce’s house.


From there, Eleven tells them she can’t seem to find/contact will or Barb, yet that she could do dafür with “a bathtub.” That’s herstellung term weil das the sensory-deprivation chamber used an the Hawkins laboratory. ~ a call kommen sie Mr. Clark, who’s always willing kommen sie talk science, ns whole gang gets together to build a makeshift chamber in the Hawkins middle School gym. That way a kiddie pool, lots of water, und 1,500 pounds des salt.


Sure enough, die chamber works and Eleven ist able to get to the other side. Barb is tot from the looks of it, a gross, slimy bug-thing crawling the end of herstellung mouth. Eleven does find wollen — huddled inside ns “upside-down” version von Castle Byers, his hideout in the woods — and tells him to cave on. What’s yes, really touching around this whole scene zu sein the way Joyce comforts und guides Eleven, making herstellung feel safe und loved. She’s die polar opposite von Brenner.


Now the they know Will ist alive and the gate to die “upside down” ist a gross wall inside the Hawkins laboratory, Joyce and Hopper head there to break in. They’re recorded as quickly as castle arrive, but that doesn’t mean die mission’s a failure. Nancy and Jonathan go to the polizei station und steal rückseitig the gives they bought to kill the monster. A big confrontation is on die way in the season finale.


Things aren’t looking so good hinweisen the start of “Chapter Eight: ns Upside Down.” Brenner is trying zu manipulate Joyce right into thinking he’s a good guy, if his males taser the beleuchten out des Hopper. Eventually, Hopper cut a resolve them, and it requires never talking about what happened to them ever again, an exchange for the wahrscheinlichkeit to walk look weil das Will. The can’t be the simple, tun können it? Well, not exactly.


Meanwhile, at ns Byers house, Jonathan and Nancy space preparing kommen sie take down the monster. They’re going complete Home Alone and booby-trapping ns whole house prior to cutting your palms, using ns blood kommen sie draw die monster zu them. When steven shows nach oben at die door at the last minute, he’s in for one mach das licht an of a surprise. Ns monster come through ns roof und goes after ~ them.


Back in the Upside Down, Hopper und Joyce find Alien-esque eggs and a ruined Castle Byers. Dinge aren’t spring good zum Will. Yet after a lot of searching, und after it’s made clear that ns line betwee their dimension and the one wherein Jonathan, Nancy, und Steven are fighting the monster ist very thin, they uncover him. Hopper pulls a pistol tentacle/alien der atem thing out of the kid’s mouth und begins CPR, pass on flashbacks von doctors trying kommen sie resuscitate his daughter in the hospital year ago. David Harbour zu sein incredible here, and throughout the series. His pained cries von “c’mon, kid!” wie man he’s providing CPR just killed me.


Thankfully, will lives. Unfortunately, deshalb does ns monster it seems, as the trap Jonathan und Nancy set works, but die flames don’t seem zu destroy ns inter-dimensional demon.


The totality inter-dimensional problem comes kommen sie a head at ns middle school. Brenner und his men edge Eleven und the boys an a hallway, however Eleven manages zu take under a bunch of them, making lock bleed from die eyes und ears before dropping them. Then, just as Brenner is regrouping und about kommen sie take Eleven away, ns monster reflects up und Brenner’s men oase bigger problems to deal with.


That allows Eleven und the boys zu get away from Brenner, but die monster comes zum them. Lucas tries his best kommen sie take that down through his Wrist Rocket, however it’s not working. Die only person who can kill it ist Eleven. She uses produziert powers zu slam it up against a wall and trap it. Then, there’s only one outcome, and it gradually dawns on the boys. Eleven is going to schutz to use all her powers zu kill die monster, however it’ll likely kill her bei the process. “Goodbye Mike,” she claims as she uses her mind zu destroy the monster, und herself. Tears. Nothing but tears. They were supposed zu go to die Snowball tanzen together!


Flash forward to one month later. Everyone appears happy. Die boys are back to play Dungeons and Dragons, Nancy und Steven room dating however she appears to have a thing for Jonathan, and Will ist at home having Christmas dinner v his entirety family.


But notfall everything is exactly together it seems. Is Eleven alive? Maybe. Hopper ist seen putting Eggos und some leftover police station food in a box an the woods. More than the though, the threat von the Upside under might not be gone for good. Right prior to dinner will goes into ns bathroom und coughs up in alien slug. The lights flicker und Will catches a glimpse of the Upside Down. Then he heads rückseitig to the table as if everything’s normal.


Here’s hoping there’s a 2nd season, due to the fact that Stranger Things has actually certainly set itself up zum another an excellent ride.

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Netflix’s hit sci-fi series follows a kopieren, gruppe of kids in the "80s battling mythological forces an Hawkins, Ind.


type TV nur
seasons 3
episodes 25
rating
creator matter Duffer Ross stierkämpfer
network Netflix
stream service