5 'Stranger Things: Season 2' Scenes That Bring Justice To Sci-Fi Storytelling

5 'Stranger Things: Season 2' Scenes That Bring Justice To Sci-Fi Storytelling

There may not have been justice for Barb, but the Duffer brothers bring justice to sci-fi with the newest season of 'Stranger Things.'

I remember sitting down last year to watch the first season of "Stranger Things," and I was thoroughly surprised by the genre of the show considering how popular it was. The show itself was exactly the kind I would watch normally, and I was so moved by Joyce Byers' love for her son that I was inspired to write one of my first articles on Odyssey about her.

So, when season two came out a few days ago, the first thing I did after I came home was watch the first few episodes. I have to say that it's tough for complicated storylines to continue being magical after the first season ends, but the Duffer brothers blew me away with how captivating the newly-developing plot was. Although I haven't finished the season yet, here are my favorite parts of the storyline that make season two of the show as good as the first.

1. Dustin and Lucas find a girl that they both like.

She definitely isn't one of my favorite people in the world, but it's nice to see the problems that Dustin and Lucas deal with. Of course, they have to figure out how to handle the "new species" that Dustin found in his trashcan, but seeing that they both like a girl makes you realize how young these kids really are. While other eighth graders only worry about normal teenager issues, these boys have to save the world, so knowing that there's a bit of eighth grader in them makes them seem more like their age.

2. Eleven searches for her true mother.

After she had disappeared at the end of the first season, I had no idea how the show would bring her back. But at least she decided to branch off on her own and find answers to help her discover who she really was before she became "Eleven." She had a personal dilemma with discovering her identity, and she'd have never found out who she was if she listened to Hopper and stayed in the cabin.

3. Eleven meets another victim of Papa.

The number "008" was printed on the girl's arm, meaning she had suffered through the same pain that Eleven did. Meeting Kali was interesting to watch because I didn't know who she was when she was introduced in the first scene of the first episode, but she showed Eleven the way her pain could be harnessed and used to reveal the amount of power she really possessed. It was a bit heartbreaking to see Kali's expression when Eleven ran to go find her friends because it showed that Kali had felt a true connection when meeting someone else who shared her unique gift.

4. Dustin has a special friendship with a Demogorgon.

I got really mad at Dustin for this one. If you find a new species, you really shouldn't develop some kind of a special bond with it. Knowing nothing about it means it could potentially be dangerous, and that's pretty obvious when it comes to the literal Demogorgon creature that Dustin grows in his room. Thanks, Dustin.

5. Will isn't done with the monsters who took him in the first season.

The poor kid just can't get a break. The ending of the first season pretty much gave away that Will would still have problems with the creatures that infested him, but it became serious when he was hurt every time the laboratory soldiers attempted to burn the tunnels. Since I haven't finished the season yet, I wonder what they'll do to save Will and destroy the underground maze.

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The 10 Stages Of A 2:30 P.M. Kickoff, As Told By Alabama Students

But we still say Roll MF Tide!


We all have a love-hate relationship with a 2:30 p.m. kickoff at Bryant Denny Stadium, especially when it's 94 degrees.

1. Immediate sadness


What do you mean I have to wake up at 9 a.m. to get ready?

2. Bracing yourself for the worst


It's a marathon not a sprint ladies and gentleman.

3. Accepting the game is going to happen


Rain or shine we are all in that student section screaming our heads off.

4. Trying to wear the least amount clothes possible without being naked on the Quad


Is it me or does it get 10 times more hot the minute you walk on to the quad?

5. Shedding a tear when you walk out your front door once you feel the heat and humidity on your skin


Is it fall yet?

6. Drowning your sorrows inside a Red Solo cup at 11:30 a.m. at a fraternity tailgate


Maybe I'll forget about the humidity if I start frat hopping now.

7. Getting in line to go through security realizing it'll take an hour to actually get inside Bryant Denny


More security is great and all but remember the heat index in Alabama? Yeah, it's not easy being smushed like sardines before even getting into Bryant Denny.

8. Feeling the sweat roll down every part of your body


Oh yeah I am working on my tan and all but what is the point of showering before kick off?

9. Attempting to cheer on the Tide, but being whacked in the head with a shaker by the girl behind you. 


Shakers are tradition, but do we have to spin it around in a full 360 every two seconds? I have a migraine from just thinking about it.

10. Leaving a quarter into the game because Alabama is kicking ass and you're about to have a heat stroke.


I'll watch the rest in air conditioning thank you very much!

We may not love the 2:30 kickoffs but Roll Tide!

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I Made Emma Chamberlain's Mediocre Vegan Cookies, And They're Pretty Incredible

Emma and her vegan cookies have made their way into my heart, and are here to stay.


One day, I went down the black hole that is 'YouTube at 3 am' and discovered my favorite social media influencer of all time: Emma Chamberlain. I started binge watching her videos every night for about a week, where I came across her "Cooking With Emma" series. I decided that I wanted to give her vegan antics a go for myself.

I've never cooked or baked anything with the intention of it being vegan, so not only is that new territory for me, but I've never even eaten a vegan cookie. The only reason I'm doing this is because Emma did, and she is aesthetic goals.

To start the journey of vegan baking, I took to Pinterest, just like Emma, and found this recipe to use. Although the video that inspired all of this used a gluten free recipe, I opted for only vegan, because I'm allergic to most of the ingredients that make things gluten-free.

In true Emma style, I used a whisk to combine the wet ingredients together, making sure to use her special technique.

Then, I did the same thing with the dry ingredients.

After that, I dumped everything together and combined all of the ingredients.

Once they were combined, I chopped up a vegan chocolate bar, because Emma and I like chocolate chunk cookies, not chocolate chip, there's a difference.

Now that everything is combined, I made balls of dough and stuck it on a pan, and baked them while I binged more Emma, because what else would I be doing in my spare time?

The recipe said to make the balls a lot smaller, but we aren't perfect, so I made them gigantic. In my head, I thought the worst thing that could happen was it turn into one big cookie, but that's a whole other video you need to watch.

I took them out of the oven, and they were brown on the top, but still a little doughy. At this point I was tired of waiting and eager to eat them, so I disappointingly set them aside to cool, which only lasted a minute or so before I snagged one up to try.

The taste was definitely one I've never associated with cookies, and came to the conclusion that if I decided to go vegan, it would be doable with these cookies and Emma Chamberlain by my side.

Emma inspired me to get out of my comfort zone, which is a reoccurring theme throughout her channel, and I'm happy to be apart of it. She taught me that even if mediocre cookies is all you have, eat them with pride because you made them yourself.

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