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Chapter One: MADMAX 

As the town preps for Halloween, a high-scoring rival shakes things up at the arcade, and a skeptical Hopper inspects a field of rotting pumpkins.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Joyce Byers
... Jim Hopper
... Mike Wheeler
... Eleven
... Dustin Henderson
... Lucas Sinclair
... Will Byers
... Max Mayfield
... Nancy Wheeler
... Jonathan Byers
... Steve Harrington
... Billy Hargrove
... Karen Wheeler
... Bob Newby
... Dr. Sam Owens


Near Halloween, Mike, Dustin, Lucas and Will find that Dustin's score in an Arcade game has been beaten by someone with the nickname MadMax. They believe the newcomer in school Maxine is the player. Hopper investigates what has happened to pumpkins that have been poisoned and the owner blames his neighbor. Will has visions from the Upside Down and he goes with Joyce and Hopper to a clinic for medical examination. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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27 October 2017 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Noah Schnapp, Joe Keery, Sadie Sink, Dacre Montgomery, Sean Astin and Paul Reiser are now part of the main cast. See more »


When Max is first seen playing DigDug, the gameboard changes between camera cuts. There are three different board configurations in the scene, suggesting round changes during the filming. See more »


Dustin Henderson: He's gonna spread his nasty-ass rash to your whole family.
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References Ms. Pac-Man (1982) See more »


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Season Two, Episode One: the scene setter.
27 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

Season Two of Stranger Things starts in fine form with an exciting chase scene, a van full of robbers being pursued by the police, at least until one of the gang, a girl with special powers and a tattoo on her wrist, helps them to make their getaway.

After this fast paced opening, things settle back into the leisurely pace that typified the first season, episode one setting the scene for things to come, much of the running time spent reacquainting the viewer with the show's kids—Mike, Dustin, Lucas, Will, Eleven, Nancy, Jonathan and Steve—while introducing several new characters: Sean Astin as Bob, Joyce Byers new love interest; Paul Reiser as mysterious Dr. Owens; Sadie Sink as arcade ace 'Mad' Max; and Brett Gelman as conspiracy theorist Murray Bauman, who is sure that there is something strange afoot in Hawkins, something vehemently denied by town sheriff Jim Hopper (David Harbour). A brief glimpse of the upside-down reveals what appears to be a Lovecraftian creature of immense proportions, a 'character' we will no doubt see more of in episodes to come.

As before, directors The Duffer Brothers steep their show in nostalgia, featuring arcade games, BMX bikes, video tapes, and an excellent soundtrack of '80s classics, all of which makes matters more fun for those who were teenagers during the decade that taste forgot.

All in all, not the most gripping episode, but I have high hopes that now the groundwork has been laid, we can get on with the really good stuff.

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