50 Thoughts You Had During Stranger Things

50 Thoughts You Had During Stranger Things

From new monsters, to epic reunions, to Babysitter Steve.
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The second season of Stranger Things has been out for over a week, so by now, everyone has had time to binge the whole thing from beginning to end. For me, it definitely lived up to the glory of Season 1 and gifted us with even more mysteries, nostalgia, humor, and character dynamics that we already adored from the first season.

Here are 50 thoughts you probably had while watching Stranger Things 2...

1. Ah! It’s back! It’s finally back!

2. The Ghost Busters sequence is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. I could watch it on repeat all day.

3. As bewildering as the public’s obsession with Barb is, I actually love that they continued this storyline with Nancy. I love that they kept the characterization consistent, and she didn’t completely forget about her best friend. It’s good storytelling.

4. Once again, I want to rejoice the fact that Steve Harrington is not a complete jerk. He completely subverts the jock trope, and it’s truly a gift to watch on screen.

5. Okay, why does Mike have to throw away his toys? That is a super odd punishment.

6. ELEVEN! My fave is back!!!

7. ... She does seem to recover from the final battle of Season 1, and escape the Upside Down a bit fast though.


8. Hopper and I are a lot alike because I too would adopt Eleven and feed her tons of Eggos.

9. Joyce’s new boyfriend is super cringey. Of course his name is “Bob”. It fits.

10. I’m 100% on the Joyce and Hopper ship. Make it happen. Please.

11. Honestly, the most 80s thing about this season is that people think Eleven is a Russian spy. It’s actually hilarious.

12. The contrast of Lucas and Dustin being super into Max, but Mike is like “ugh really?” Perfect.

13. Will is a smol human bean, and I want to wrap a blanket of protection around him. He’s so much smaller than the other three!

14. “Compromise? Halfway happy.”… I’m going to use that definition from now on.

15. They actually included a short scene in which a little black kid, dressed as a cowboy, fake shoots at Sheriff Hopper. You can’t convince me that wasn’t purposeful. By the way, no one dies in this encounter.

16. Eleven is watching the scene in the original Frankenstein with the little girl! I truly appreciate these symbolic subtleties.

17. Is “tubular” a Hocus Pocus reference?

18. Dustin, my boy, do not adopt a slug from the Upside Down. This isn’t going to go well…

19. That moment when you adopt a baby demogorgon and it eats your cat. Oops?

20. Eleven and Hopper’s fight is physically giving me anxiety. I can’t decide whose side I’m on. Both? Neither? Just make up guys. Please.

21. This season is definitely a lot more intense and graphic than the first. They went to a whole new level.

22. Nancy and Jonathan teaming up again… getting a hotel room together… I honestly can’t decide which guy I like with Nancy more. I'm torn.

23. The Upside Down is growing underground? Hopper is stuck there? This is bad. Very bad.

24. Mike is truly an amazing friend. He needs to be treasured.

25. Eleven is going to see her mother! I’m feeling emotions right now.

26. Steve and Dustin are the dynamic duo I never knew I needed until now.

27. I like Max, but I’m also confused as to why she’s here? Is there a purpose outside of being the “new girl” in the group? Also, Billy is actually The Worst.

28. OMG THERE ARE MULTIPLE DEMOGORGONS. ABORT, STEVE. ABORT!

29. And Will just set a trap… What is happening?! My heart is pounding. This is insane.


30. I didn’t know what to expect with Will, considering this is the first time we really get to see him consistently on screen, but Noah Schnapp is phenomenal. He’s the scene-stealer and standout actor of the season in my opinion.

31. Not a fan of episode 7. Kind of want to skip it. I don’t like leaving Hawkins.

32. Eight's awesome though. I have a feeling that she's definitely coming back for Season 3.

33. How did Bob become one of my favorite characters? I’m perplexed. He’s really in this now. He’s a proper part of the squad.

34. Wow Nancy and Jonathan really missed a lot. I just realized that they have no idea what’s been going on back home. Their romantic adventure was a hoot though.

35. Bob. Your gun. You forgot your gun!

36. NO!!! BOB!!! WHY DID YOU STOP TO STARE AT JOYCE? WHY DO CHARACTERS DO THIS IN LIFE-THREATENING SITUATIONS?!

37. Bob Newby: Superhero. Time to make a Bob tribute. How did I go from cringing at his existence to screaming about his death so quickly? What an emotional ride.

38. Steve Harrington: Single Mom of Four

39. Mike and Eleven. I’m crying. There are actual tears streaming down my face during this reunion.

40. And the award for Strangest Scene In The Show goes to Mrs. Wheeler’s interaction with Billy “Fabio” Mayfield.

41. I love that Eleven is back, but I wish it wasn’t set up so she comes in to save the day at the last minute. She should have been a part of uncovering everything for at least one episode. This just feels a little off.

42. Steve with the kids is the most unexpected, superb thing about this season.

43. Why can’t Max have friends? Is this a racism thing? Her family is crazy. Save this girl.

44. Can we offer up Billy as a sacrifice to the demagorgons?

45. Dustin and Dart… the nougat… beautiful. Can someone please parallel that scene to Gremlins, How To Train Your Dragon, and Daenerys Targaryen?

46. Yet again, I’m absolutely floored by how amazing the child actors are in this show. They’re so incredibly talented. I’m so proud of them?

47. I want to scream at every girl ignoring Dustin at the Snowball. He got Farrah Faucet spray for you! This is heartbreaking.

48. Nancy is the teenage 80s heroine we truly deserve.

49. The final dance scene is one of the most heart-warming, delightful scenes in the entire show. I love it so much.


50. Wait… Hold up. What do you mean it’s over? It just came out today… I watched the whole thing in one sitting, and now I have to wait another year? Blasphemy.


Eleven may have closed the gate, but she didn’t destroy the Upside Down or the Mind Flayer. Season 3, here we come...

Cover Image Credit: Screenshot from Stranger Things 2 trailer

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Why High School Musicals Should Be As Respected As Sports Programs Are

The arts are important, too.
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When I was in middle school and high school, I felt like I lived for the musicals that my school orchestrated.

For those of you who don't know, a musical is an onstage performance wherein actors take on roles that involve singing, and often dancing, to progress the plot of the story. While it may sound a little bit nerdy to get up in front of an audience to perform in this manner, this is something you cannot knock until you try it.

For some reason, though, many public schools have de-funded arts programs that would allow these musicals to occur, while increasing the funding for sports teams. There are a few things that are being forgotten when sports are valued more than musical programs in high schools.

Much like athletic hobbies, an actor must try-out, or audition, to participate in a musical. Those best suited for each role will be cast, and those who would not fit well are not given a part. While this may sound similar to trying out for say, basketball, it is an apples to oranges comparison.

At a basketball try-out, those who have the most experience doing a lay-up or shooting a foul shot will be more likely to succeed, no questions asked. However, for an audition, it is common to have to learn a piece of choreography upon walking in, and a potential cast member will be required to sing a selected piece with only a few days of preparation.

There are many more variables involved with an audition that makes it that much more nerve-racking.

The cast of a school musical will often rehearse for several months to perfect their roles, with only several nights of performance at the end. Many sports practice for three or four days between each of their respective competitions. While this may seem to make sports more grueling, this is not always the case.

Musicals have very little pay-off for a large amount of effort, while athletic activities have more frequent displays of their efforts.

Athletes are not encouraged to but are allowed to make mistakes. This is simply not allowed for someone in a musical, because certain lines or entrances may be integral to the plot.

Sometimes, because of all the quick changes and the sweat from big dance numbers, the stage makeup just starts to smear. Despite this, an actor must smile through it all. This is the part of musicals that no sport has: introspection.

An actor must think about how he or she would respond in a given situation, be it saddening, maddening, frightening, or delightful. There is no sport that requires the knowledge of human emotion, and there is especially no sport that requires an athlete to mimic such emotion. This type of emotional exercise helps with communications and relationships.

Sports are great, don't get me wrong. I loved playing volleyball, basketball, track, and swimming, but there were no experiences quite like those from a musical. Sports challenge the body with slight amounts of tactic, while musicals require much physical and mental endurance.

The next time you hear someone say that it's “just a musical," just remember that musicals deserve as much respect as sports, since they are just as, if not more demanding.

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10 Shows To Watch If You're Sick Of 'The Office'

You can only watch it so many times...

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"The Office" is a great show, and is super easy to binge watch over and over again! But if you're like me and you're looking for something new to binge, why not give some of these a try? These comedies (or unintentional comedies) are a great way to branch out and watch something new.

1. "New Girl"

A show about a group of friends living in an apartment in a big city? Sound familiar? But seriously, this show is original and fresh, and Nick Miller is an icon.

2. "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"

Ya'll have been sleeping on this show. It's a musical comedy about a girl that follows her ex boyfriend across the country. I thought it sounded horrible so I put it off for WAY too long, but then I realized how incredible the cast, music, writing, and just EVERYTHING. It really brings important issues to light, and I can't say too much without spoiling it. Rachel Bloom (the creator of the show) is a woman ahead of her time.

3. "Jane the Virgin"

I know... another CW show. But both are so incredible! Jane The Virgin is a tongue-in-cheek comedy and parody of telenovelas. It has so many twists and turns, but somehow you find yourself laughing with the family.

4. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been in popular news lately since its cancellation by Fox and sequential pickup by NBC. It's an amazing show about cops in, you guessed it, Brooklyn. Created by the amazing Michael Schur, it's a safe bet that if you loved "The Office" you'll also love his series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine".

5. "The Good Place"

Another series created by the talented Micael Schur, it's safe to say you've probably already heard about this fantasy-comedy series. With a wonderful cast and writing that will keep you on your toes, the show is another safe bet.

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Seriously, I don't know why more people don't watch this show. "Fresh Off The Boat" focuses on an Asian family living in Orlando in the mid 90s. Randall Parks plays a character who is the polar opposite of his character in "The Interview" (Yeah, remember that horrifying movie?) and Constance Wu is wonderful as always.

7. "Full House"

Why not go back to the basics? If you're looking for a nostalgic comedy, go back all the way to the early days of Full House. If you're a '98-'00 baby like me, you probably grew up watching the Tanner family on Nick at Night. The entire series is available on Hulu, so if all else fails just watch Uncle Jesse and Rebecca fall in love again or Michelle fall off a horse and somehow lose her memory.

8. "Secret Life of the American Teenager"

Okay, this show is not a comedy, but I have never laughed so hard in my life. It's off Netflix but it's still on Hulu, so you can watch this masterpiece there. Watch the terrible acting and nonsense plot twists drive this show into the ground. Somehow everyone in this school dates each other? And also has a baby? You just have to watch. It might be my favorite show of all time.

9. "Scrubs"

Another old show that is worth watching. If you ignore the last season, Scrubs is a worthwhile medical comedy about doctors in both their personal and medical life. JD and Turk's relationship is one to be jealous of, and one hilarious to watch. Emotional at times, this medical drama is superior to any medical drama that's out now.

10. "Superstore"

I was resistant to watch this one at first, because it looked cheesy. But once I started watching I loved it! The show is a workplace comedy, one you're sure to love if you can relate to working in retail. If you liked the Office, you'll like Superstore!

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