History Series / StrangerThings

31st Aug '16 6:51:23 PM Pete52
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* CriticalStaffingShortage: {{Averted}} with Hawkins PD. Although Hopper, Powell and Callahan are the only cops given screentime, it is shown in the background of multiple scenes there are at least three other officers (two men and a blonde woman) in the department.



* FreezeFrameBonus: The season finale [[spoiler: has 4 articles pinned to a corkboard regarding the events of the season, all of which are quite detailed]].

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* FreezeFrameBonus: The FreezeFrameBonus:
**Although it is never openly stated which government agency Connie Frazier works for, the credentials she presents to the Wheeler parents before [[spoiler: getting agents to search their house]] shows she works for the NSA.
**The
season finale [[spoiler: has 4 articles pinned to a corkboard regarding the events of the season, all of which are quite detailed]].



* MysteriousPast: Hopper, big time. Aside from a brief mention that he used to work in "the big city", and that he and his wife separated after the death of their daughter, nothing concrete is revealed. [[spoiler: However, given his combat and infiltration skills, connections to reporters with the New York Times, and his ability to parlay with the government agents to negotiate the safety of the boys and ensure he doesnt end up getting tied up as a loose end (he is seen to still be alive and have his job a month later), one can speculate he may have also worked for the government prior to relocating to Hawkins]].



* PoliceAreUseless: With the exception of Chief Hopper, all the deputies in town are lazy, incompetent {{jerkass}}es.

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* PoliceAreUseless: With the exception of Chief Hopper, all the deputies in town Hawkins PD officers are lazy, incompetent {{jerkass}}es.{{jerkass}}es. They enjoy that fact that the state police essentially "do their work" for them during the investigation of [[spoiler: Barb's disappearance and Will's "death"]], despite the fact it is suggested the staties are working alongside the government to cover up the [[spoiler: true nature of the incidents]].



* ThoseTwoGuys: Deputies Powell and Callahan rarely show up without the other.

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* ThoseTwoGuys: Deputies Officers Powell and Callahan rarely show up without the other.
31st Aug '16 6:24:29 PM Pete52
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* JurisdictionFriction: {{Invoked}} when [[spoiler: the state police "find" Will's body in the quarry, this occurs with the locals. The officer who'd called it in claimed the quarry was state-owned, when it was actually a privately-held one - something Hopper knew prior to asking him about it]].

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* JurisdictionFriction: {{Invoked}} when [[spoiler: the state police "find" Will's body in the quarry, this occurs with quarry. They refuse the locals. The officer who'd local police access to even see the body close up, and have the local coroner sent home so someone "from state" can perform the autopsy. When asked, the trooper who called it in claimed the quarry was state-owned, when it was actually a privately-held privately owned one - (thus under Hawkins PD jurisdiction), something Hopper knew prior to asking him about it]].him, which confirms his suspicions of foul play and a cover up]].



** [[spoiler: The monster is never given an official name by the government or the scientists. It's only (unofficial) name, "the Demogorgon", is given to it by the kids, which is a reference to a creature in Dungeons & Dragons]].



** [[spoiler: The monster is never given an official name by the government or the scientists. It's only (unofficial) name, "the Demogorgon", is given to it by the kids as a reference to Dungeons & Dragons]].
31st Aug '16 6:13:29 PM Pete52
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* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Chief Jim Hopper. He is initially presented as a struggling alcoholic/addict and uncaring police officer who rolls into work hours late, but later proves to be more than capable of handling himself. He knocks out a State Trooper with only two punches, is able to take down a government agent and disarm an MP in the space of a few seconds, and later incapacitates three more agents whilst avoiding being spotted by a helicopter. [[spoiler: Later, even when threatened with torture and death whilst being interrogated, he remains unfazed and warns the agents they ''are'' going to negotiate with him for the safety of the boys]].



* NoNameGiven: The names of the other agencies working alongside the Department of Energy and Army are never explicitly mentioned, but it can be assumed due to the consistent references to MKUltra that the CIA plays at least some role in the operation. Its also suggested the NSA is in cahoots as well, given that the houses close to the site are bugged, and Connie Frazier is briefly seen with what appears to be an NSA badge.

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* NoNameGiven: The NoNameGiven:
**The
names of the other agencies working alongside the Department of Energy and Army are never explicitly mentioned, but it can be assumed due to the consistent references to MKUltra [=MKUltra=] that the CIA plays at least some role in the operation. Its also suggested the NSA is in cahoots as well, given that the houses close to the site are bugged, and Connie Frazier is briefly seen with what appears to be an NSA badge.


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**[[spoiler: The monster is never given an official name by the government or the scientists. It's only (unofficial) name, "the Demogorgon", is given to it by the kids as a reference to Dungeons & Dragons]].
31st Aug '16 6:01:50 PM Pete52
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* ActionGirl:
** Eleven, who [[spoiler: is able to fight off attackers by either moving objects into their path, breaking their bones with telekinesis, or even ''crushing their brains'' with her mind]].
** Nancy advances into this as her and [[spoiler: Jonathan prepare to fight the monster, proving to be a much better shot with the revolver than he is]].
** Agent Connie Frazier, seemingly the only female member of the government agency, who [[spoiler: carries out the murder of Benny in episode 1]].



* AnachronismStew:
** Flashlights used in various nighttime searches produce very modern blue-white beams of light. Ironically, they'd have been a lot less noticeable if they hadn't been in use next to period-correct devices which produce beams of light in a visibly much redder spectrum. Probably necessary to allow for minimal additional lighting.
** Jonathan, in a flashback scene, has put Music/TheSmiths on a mix tape for Will. An American living in the sticks in 1983 would likely not have heard of them until they released their first album the following year, but more to the point, during the time of the flashback, they wouldn't even have released their first single.
** The Military Police officers stationed at Hawkins National Laboratory carry the Beretta 92FS as their sidearm. The Beretta first entered into service in 1985, whereas the show is set in 1983. However, the government agents carry the Colt M1911, which was standard issue for the military at the time.



* ArtisticLicenseHistory:
** Flashlights used in various nighttime searches produce very modern blue-white beams of light. Ironically, they'd have been a lot less noticeable if they hadn't been in use next to period-correct devices which produce beams of light in a visibly much redder spectrum. Probably necessary to allow for minimal additional lighting.
** Jonathan, in a flashback scene, has put Music/TheSmiths on a mix tape for Will. An American living in the sticks in 1983 would likely not have heard of them until they released their first album the following year, but more to the point, during the time of the flashback, they wouldn't even have released their first single.



* BavarianFireDrill: This is Hopper's go to when he's investigating. When it doesn't work, he switches to [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique punching people in the face]].

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* BavarianFireDrill: This is Hopper's go Hopper attempts this to when he's investigating. distract the state trooper guarding [[spoiler: Will's "body" in the morgue]]. When the cop proves too GenreSavvy and it doesn't work, he switches to ends up just [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique punching people in knocking him out]].
-->'''State Trooper:''' Sir, you can't be back here!
-->'''Chief Jim Hopper:''' Hey, I just got off
the face]].phone with O'Bannon. He needs you back at the station, something about an emergency.
-->'''State Trooper:''' What the hell are you talking about? I don't work with an "O'Bannon".
-->'''Chief Jim Hopper:''' Oh did I say O'Bannon? I meant... uh...
-->'''State Trooper:''' ''(vacant, hostile staring)''
-->'''Chief Jim Hopper:''' * sighs* ''(punch)''



** The cliffs are noted to be fatal in an early episode. Later in the season [[spoiler: Mike]] jumps off of them.

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** The cliffs are noted Hopper mentions to be fatal in an one of his officers early episode. Later in on that falling into the season quarry from the top would break every bone in your body, as you would hit the water at such a speed it would be like cement. [[spoiler: Mike]] jumps off This is one of them.the things that leads him to believe something isn't right when he sees Will's intact and unscathed "corpse" in the morgue]].



* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: Chief Hopper's police uniform is tan, whereas the other officers in Hawkins Police Dept wear blue shirts and black pants.



* CoolTeacher: Mr. Clarke knows exactly what the boys are talking about when they give him their nerd references.

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* CoolTeacher: Mr. Clarke Clarke. He shares the boys scientific interests, and even purchases a ham radio for them to play around with during lunch. He also knows exactly what the boys are talking about when they give him their nerd references.nerdy references, and gives them instructions on the phone in the middle of the night as how to [[spoiler: build a sensory deprivation tank to amplify Eleven's powers]].
* CovertGroupWithMundaneFront: Officially, the Hawkins National Laboratory is a research centre run by the Department of Energy, which leads most people to assume it is fairly uninteresting (Dustin initially thinks they "design lightbulbs or something"). [[spoiler: However it becomes clear the research they do, such as using Elevens telekinesis and mind reading to access alternate dimensions and monitor Soviet spies, involves multiple higher ranking government agencies than the DOE. It has military police (US Army) providing security, and the badge that Connie Frazier shows to the Wheeler's suggests she works for the NSA, which could also explain the phone bugging (not exactly within the Dept of Energy's remit)]].
**The government field agents use vans marked "Hawkins Water & Power" to drive around town and carry out surveillance without getting too much attention.


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* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: Agent Frazier seems to specialise in this. She first impersonates a social services worker to [[spoiler: gain access into Benny's Diner and kill him whilst searching for El]], then a member of the County Education Board to [[spoiler: get Mr. Clarke to give her the names of the boys under the guise of starting a county-wide AV club]]. She also flashes NSA credentials to the Wheelers before [[spoiler: a small army of agents descend on their house to search it]], but given the nature of the operations the government is running, it wouldn't be hard to believe she actually does work for the NSA.


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* NoNameGiven: The names of the other agencies working alongside the Department of Energy and Army are never explicitly mentioned, but it can be assumed due to the consistent references to MKUltra that the CIA plays at least some role in the operation. Its also suggested the NSA is in cahoots as well, given that the houses close to the site are bugged, and Connie Frazier is briefly seen with what appears to be an NSA badge.


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* SinisterSurveillance: Most of the houses close to Hawkins National Laboratory are illegally bugged, with a small group of analysts constantly listening in on the goings on. Makes sense, considering it is implied the NSA is working alongside the Department of Energy (and other agencies)in the operation of the experiments.
31st Aug '16 12:11:32 PM DavidDelony
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** Jonathan, in a flashback scene, has put Music/TheSmiths on a mix tape for Will. An American living in the sticks would likely not have heard of them until they released their first album, but more to the point, during the time of the flashback, they wouldn't even have released their first single.

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** Jonathan, in a flashback scene, has put Music/TheSmiths on a mix tape for Will. An American living in the sticks in 1983 would likely not have heard of them until they released their first album, album the following year, but more to the point, during the time of the flashback, they wouldn't even have released their first single.
31st Aug '16 12:07:09 PM DavidDelony
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** Jonathan, in a flashback scene, has put Music/TheSmiths. An American living in the sticks would likely not have heard of them until they released their first album, but more to the point, during the time of the flashback, they wouldn't even have released their first single.

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** Jonathan, in a flashback scene, has put Music/TheSmiths.Music/TheSmiths on a mix tape for Will. An American living in the sticks would likely not have heard of them until they released their first album, but more to the point, during the time of the flashback, they wouldn't even have released their first single.
31st Aug '16 11:19:26 AM frogpatrol
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** Arguable example: Jonathan says that he put Music/TheSmiths on the mixtape he made for Will in 1983. The band would only release its debut album the following year. An American, even one following the burgeoning AlternativeRock scene, he would not have heard of the band yet unless Jonathan was an avid collector of import records. The Smiths had already released a couple of singles but nothing yet stateside.

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** Arguable example: Jonathan says that he put Music/TheSmiths on the mixtape he made for Will Jonathan, in 1983. The band would only release its debut album the following year. An American, even one following the burgeoning AlternativeRock a flashback scene, he has put Music/TheSmiths. An American living in the sticks would likely not have heard of the band yet unless Jonathan was an avid collector of import records. The Smiths had already them until they released a couple of singles their first album, but nothing yet stateside.more to the point, during the time of the flashback, they wouldn't even have released their first single.
31st Aug '16 10:27:24 AM KingClark
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'''''Stranger Things''''' is a Creator/{{Netflix}} Original Series created by the Duffer Brothers which debuted on July 15, 2016. Taking place in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana in TheEighties, the series tells the story of the disappearance of a young boy named Will, and the supernatural events surrounding it. It is inspired by Creator/AmblinEntertainment movies such as ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'', ''Film/{{Poltergeist}}'', and ''Film/TheGoonies'', the works of StephenKing, and 1980's Main/{{Horror}}, ScienceFiction and ComingOfAge stories. It stars Creator/WinonaRyder, Creator/DavidHarbour and Matthew Modine.

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'''''Stranger Things''''' is a Creator/{{Netflix}} Original Series created by the Duffer Brothers which debuted on July 15, 2016. Taking place in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana in TheEighties, the series tells the story of the disappearance of a young boy named Will, and the supernatural events surrounding it. It is inspired by Creator/AmblinEntertainment movies such as ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'', ''Film/{{Poltergeist}}'', and ''Film/TheGoonies'', the works of StephenKing, Creator/StephenKing, and 1980's Main/{{Horror}}, ScienceFiction and ComingOfAge stories. It stars Creator/WinonaRyder, Creator/DavidHarbour and Matthew Modine.
Modine.

[[https://twitter.com/netflix/status/770961894869905408 A second season has been announced]], and will target a 2017 release date.



* AbusiveParents: "Papa" put Eleven through [[{{TrainingFromHell}} questionable parenting techniques...]]

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* AbusiveParents: "Papa" put Eleven through [[{{TrainingFromHell}} questionable parenting techniques...]]techniques]]...



** A GovernmentConspiracy unaccountable to anyone, [[spoiler: which abducts your child for unethical experiments]].

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** A GovernmentConspiracy unaccountable to anyone, [[spoiler: which [[spoiler:which abducts your child for unethical experiments]].
31st Aug '16 5:25:49 AM Lancelot07
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** The writers apparently also took inspiration from videogames such as ''Franchise/SilentHill'' and ''Videogame/TheLastOfUs''. The Upside Down's foggy and creepy design shares a lot of similarities to ''Silent Hill'' settings, while the spores in the air and fungus growing around the Upside Down's entrances is reminiscent of the cordyceps fungus in ''The Last Of Us.'' One of the biggest similarities would be how, just like Joel, Chief Hopper is a divorced, gruff man still occasionally haunted by the death of his daughter. Named ''Sarah.''

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** The writers apparently also took inspiration from videogames such as ''Franchise/SilentHill'' and ''Videogame/TheLastOfUs''. The Upside Down's foggy and creepy design shares a lot of similarities to ''Silent Hill'' settings, while the spores in the air and fungus growing around the Upside Down's entrances is reminiscent of the cordyceps fungus in ''The Last Of Us.'' One of the biggest similarities would be how, just like Joel, Chief Hopper is a divorced, gruff man still occasionally haunted by the death ''death of his daughter. daughter.'' Named ''Sarah.''
31st Aug '16 5:23:41 AM Lancelot07
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** The writers apparently also took inspiration from videogames such as ''Franchise/SilentHill'' and ''Videogame/TheLastOfUs''. The Upside Down's foggy and creepy design shares a lot of similarities to ''Silent Hill'' settings, while the spores in the air and fungus growing around the Upside Down's entrances is reminiscent of the cordyceps fungus in ''The Last Of Us.'' One of the biggest similarities would be how, just like Joel, Chief Hopper is a divorced, gruff man still occasionally haunted by the death of his daughter. Named ''Sarah.''
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