Stranger Things: "Chapter Six: E Pluribus Unum"
July 4, 2019 2:19 PM - Season 3, Episode 6 - Subscribe

Dr. Alexei reveals what the Russians have been building, and Eleven sees where Billy has been. Dustin and Erica stage a daring rescue.
posted by Fizz (11 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Loved the whole season, but man I have to give them genius points for the Koyaanisqatsi reference (via the music) after Billy says "Now we see you", and they show all the flayed marching toward the source.

Another among the myriad of 80's references, and as it hit me what they were doing I just got a huge smile on my face. They mirrored the point of the film (Koyaanisqatsi), showing the odd interaction between humans and the unnatural. Even to the point where like in Koyaanisqatsi the things are machines and buildings that are man-made, to an extent this situation is man made because the gate is only open because of the machine they have blasting energy into it.

Just a great, great moment. Goes along with the 80's packaging that calls to mind SO much - the Doritos package, the crocheted blanket on the couch, and so many other things. Each season of this show has been its own thing, and I don't know how they're doing it but they are absolutely crushing it.
posted by cashman at 8:20 PM on July 4 [10 favorites]

ERICA IS THE BEST BABY SISTER. That she believes everything fine, except that her lame older brother was involved. Her deadly weapon!
posted by dorothyisunderwood at 4:26 AM on July 5 [7 favorites]

So many reference lists getting checked off now: Terminator, Return of the Jedi. The Russian base scenes really seem to echo so many of the Death Star scenes.
posted by Miko at 8:24 PM on July 5

Erica is my favourite character!! That is all.
posted by Pendragon at 12:12 PM on July 6 [2 favorites]

Robin and Steve's conversation while alone and tied to a chair was great, though I felt like I was a on a see-saw the way they kept flopping back and forth. Pick a pair of angles and stick with it.
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 9:29 PM on July 6 [2 favorites]

There was something affecting about Robin’s dialogue when they are tied up back to back, talking about her high school obsession with Steve. She says something about how he never even noticed her — “Do you even remember me from that class? Of course you don’t. You were a real asshole, you know that?”

I think they are leaning on the fourth wall a bit here when we consider that Steve was written very differently in the first season and Maya Hawke wasn’t part of the cast.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 10:14 AM on July 7 [2 favorites]

Erica is my favourite character!! That is all.

Heh... I laughed out loud when she said; "Can't spell America without Erica".
posted by jkaczor at 5:31 AM on July 8 [6 favorites]

What's up with all the torture this season? Even Hopper tortures people. Now the Torture Doctor.
posted by umber vowel at 9:02 PM on July 9 [1 favorite]

I don't think it was intentional but I got some strong Bloodborne vibes from the final scene, specifically The One Reborn.

There have actually been strong Bloodborne vibes going back to Season 1. The idea of a waking nightmare, having "eyes to see beyond", and experiments on a child who joins the waking world to the other world. These aren't especially uncommon tropes but lining them all up with the end scene from last night was a bit of a brow raiser for me.

Hopefully next season they'll go all-in and blood-starved Hawkins residents will start hunting people's eyes while the gang figure out the nature of their reality and the justification of its existence (or not).
posted by Tevin at 5:34 AM on July 10 [1 favorite]

I love that Steve and Robin are both in their dorky sailor uniforms when the Russians catch them. (“Scoops Ahoy! I work for Scoops Ahoy!”)

The inside of the cyclotron ride makes a great Tardis-like sci-fi set. They could have done an amusing fake-out by waiting until the end of the scene to reveal the exterior.
posted by mbrubeck at 6:13 AM on July 11 [1 favorite]

Yeah, I was sort of annoyed that they never once let the Gravitron do it's whole schtick - the trays slid up the wall once it was at speed, and the operator could speed it up and slow it down to make you rise to the top *clank!* and fall back down *thud*.
posted by Kyol at 9:08 PM on July 11 [1 favorite]

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