Monday, October 30, 2017

Stranger Things - Chapter Two: Trick or Treat, Freak

"Trick or Treat, Freak" provides much of the memorable snippets from the various trailers promoting the Second Season of Stranger Things, primarily putting out foursome in Ghostbusters costumes for basically the entire episode. Halloween returns to Hawkins, which means trick-or-treating for the gang and newcomer Max (Sadie Sink) - much to the sullen Mike's (Finn Wolfhard) displeasure, and new trouble with Sheriff Hopper (David Harbour) discovering more ruined pumpkin patches and the beginning of a mystery which will be his primary focus him for the next couple of episodes. Getting caught up the case, the sheriff looses time causing some trouble at home with an already stir-crazy Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown). Speaking of Eleven, both episode two and three begin filling in what happened to Eleven following the end of Season Two and explaining how she eventually ended up staying with Hopper in the woods.

A confrontation with a couple of older bullies freak out poor Will (Noah Schnapp) causing another vision and a closer look at the tentacle smoke monster in the sky. Halloween night also means trouble for Nancy (Natalia Dyer) and Steve (Joe Keery) as her drunken ranting during a high school party drives the pair apart. Given Steve's run-ins with the school's new resident bad ass (Dacre Montgomery), it's not a great year for him so far. Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) also makes a discovery to close the episode which will lead to some pretty bad decision making on his part and dire consequences for the family cat.

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