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Let’s catch up on Stranger Things (season 2 recap)

This is the second part of the Stranger Things recap. If you weren’t aware of the first part, please click the following link so that you can catch up on season 1.

I wouldn’t want you to jump into season 2 without knowing what’s going on.

I know Stranger Things is kind of a big deal, but perhaps there are some folks who haven’t watched it yet. So with this post, I aim to give you the important plot points of season 2 and get you ready to enjoy season 3 of Stranger Things with the rest of the world.

Great! Here is the Stranger Things season 2 recap simplified.

The Mind Flayer

Season 2

Will is still flashing back and forth from the Upside Down. So his mom, Joyce, takes him to Hawkins Lab to see a new doctor. Good news, he’s not a creeper who kidnaps children. But, he’s still involved him the experimentation surrounding the Upside Down.

Speaking of the Upside Down, Eleven escaped it! Remember, in season 1 she dusted the Demogorgon and they both were sucked into the alternate dimension. Luckily, she found another portal out of there and eventually crossed paths with Chief Hopper and starting living with him.

Will is still going through his problems when his friend Dustin finds the Demogorgon spawn that he barfed up at the end of season 1. Dustin makes it his pet and he names it Dart.

Mike wants to kill Dart, but when he tries it escapes. Dustin eventually finds it again and hides it from the rest of the group because they’ve bonded.

It turns out Dart has siblings and there are other Demogorgon spawns in Hawkins but they aren’t nearly as friendly as Dart. They’re known as Demo-dogs.

Let’s focus on Will. During one of his episodes, he’s approached by a shadowy monster that we later know as The Mind Flayer. He starts deteriorating soon after and drawing visions that he’s having of vines but the picture is segmented in a puzzle. Joyce can’t figure it out, but as luck would have it her boyfriend, Bob is into puzzles.

He figures out that it’s a map of Hawkins. Chief Hopper goes to investigate and finds a bunch of tunnels forming underneath the town. And those Demo-dog are all around. Hopper gets cocooned and almost dies, but is eventually found and saved.

Thank you for cracking the code, Bob.

A group of authorities go to investigate the tunnels further but the Demo-dogs prove to be too much for them and they are mauled to death.

Meanwhile, Eleven is having her own adventure. She finds her mom and discovers the truth about how Dr. Brenner acquired her. She also found out that when her mother came to save her, she was captured and Brenner had her brain electrocuted leaving her in a handicapped state.

Eleven ends up meeting another girl who was in the same situation. Her name is Eight and she is ready to help Eleven exact revenge. She teaches Eleven to use her powers more effectively and they even find the doctor that hurt her mother.

But, Eleven has a good conscience and decides not to go forward with the plan. She does have a psychic connection with her friends in Hawkins and realizes they are in trouble. So she goes back to help them just in the nick of time.

Will is being used by The Mind Flayer and a bunch of people die as a result, including Bob. Plus, the town is being overrun by the Demo-dogs. The group makes a plan to close the portal using Eleven’s upgraded psychic powers. But first, Joyce wants to exercise Will and separate him from The Mind Flayer.

The exorcism works because Joyce turns up a heater and The Mind Flayer does not like that so it runs away after coming up through Wills’ mouth.

Eleven and Hopper go to shut the portal on one end and the rest of the group goes to back her up from inside the woods. Remember, there is a way into the Upside Down from there as well.

They almost get devoured by Demo-dogs, but Dart happens to be around and his connection with Dustin still exists so he sort of causes a distraction for them.

Eleven zips up the portal right in front of The Mind Flayer, locks it away, and all the Demo-dogs die.

All seems well until we find out that The Mind Flayer is definitely plotting his return from the Upside Down.

Now that you are up to speed, I’ll see you for more Stranger Things recaps when season 3 starts on July 4th.

If you didn’t know, the season 1 recap is linked here. Please feel free to click that and refresh yourself.

Let’s catch up on Stranger Things (season 1 recap)

I know Stranger Things is a worldwide phenomenon at this point and everyone is excited for season 3 to release on July 4th on Netflix! However, there may be a portion of people who are interested but are too intimidated to start watching because they are two seasons behind.

Well, throw your fear in the Upside Down where it belongs because I’m going to help you catch up to season 3!

Of course, you can go back and watch seasons 1 and 2 are on Netflix right now if this rundown piques your interest. But for now, here is your Stranger Things recap simplified.

Will, Mike, Dustin, and Lucas

Season 1

The story takes place in Hawkins, Indiana in the year 1983. A little boy named Will Byers crosses paths with an unknown monster that we will come to know as the Demogorgon. The Demogorgon follows him home from a friends’ house and that’s the last you see of Will.

His mother, Joyce, tries to get the police involved to help find him, but unfortunately, the police chief isn’t much help.

Wills friends want to find him so they go to investigate at night time. Wills friends names are Dustin, Lucas, and Mike. While they are searching for Will they find a little girl named Eleven.

She escaped from a hidden government facility, Hawkins Lab. They’ve been testing on her since she was a baby. Initially, they experimented on her mother and somehow that caused the baby, Eleven to develop psychic powers. As a result of her powers, Eleven was stolen from her mother.

Like any hidden facility in a horror fiction story, the scientists at the lab are evil and chasing Eleven to bring her back. Luckily she’s avoided the authorities so far and can help Lucas, Mike and Dustin find Will.

Eleven explains that Will is trapped in the Upside Down, a parallel dimension that houses the Demogorgon that abducted him.

Joyce, Wills mom, is still looking for him and she starts to communicate with him using Christmas lights and the alphabet while he is still in the Upside Down. However, the Demogorgon is present too and attacks her, but she escapes.

Chief Hopper starts to be more effective when he investigates the lab Eleven came from and we find out that the head doctor, Dr. Brenner is a creep with a history of stealing children for experiments.

By the way, Eleven knows him as Papa.

While the investigation is getting red hot, Will’s body shows up in a lake. It’s just a red herring though because it’s a fake!

Will’s older brother, Jonathan and his crush Nancy are trying to find Will too. They realize another one of their friends, Barb is gone as well. They find a portal to the Upside Down in the woods, explore it, find the Demogorgon and then run away.

Since Eleven has powers, she uses them to talk to Will through a radio at the school Mike, Lucas, and Dustin and every other child in this show go to. But it doesn’t help because the connection isn’t the best.

Of course, the big bads from the Hawkins Lab are still trying to find Eleven and they find them while the kids are out and about. This forces Eleven to use her powers, but she starts to get fatigued.

Everybody links up together. Mike, Lucas, Dustin, Eleven, Joyce, Chief Hopper, Jonathan and Nancy to share information. We find out Eleven is the one who found the Demogorgon accidentally while spying for the government.

Yikes.

Another useful piece of information is that there is an entrance to the Upside Down in the Hawkins Lab. So Joyce and Hopper go to save Will. Jonathon and Nancy lure the Demogorgon to them to trap it while Joyce and Hopper rescue Will.

They find out that Barb was fully cocooned and didn’t make it. But, Will is okay.

Eleven

Meanwhile, Eleven and the boys almost get captured by the big bads because she faints after overusing her powers. But the Demogorgon who escapes Jonathon and Nancy’s trap arrives just in time to eat Dr. Brenner and let the kids get away.

The Demogorgon goes after the kids next and Eleven snaps back in enough time to dust the Demogorgon away and save the day. Unfortunately, she has to self-sacrifice to save her friends and gets sucked into the Upside Down too.

Will seems to still be connected to the Upside Down because he’s warping in and out the Upside Down while he’s awake. Then he barfs up a monster slug and it goes down his bathroom sink.

Catch up on season 2 by clicking here.

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