The Duffer Brothers are ready with their defense for "Stranger Things" Season 2, Episode 7, "The Lost Sister."
Of the nine episodes, it's the biggest departure in that it's a bottle/standalone episode for Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), set away from Hawkins on Eleven's quest to find her lab "sister" Kali, aka Eight (Linnea Berthelsen). Kali has special powers, like Eleven, and she leads her own group taking revenge against the people who kept her in that Hawkins, Indiana, lab.
The whole season started with her gang in Pittsburgh, and returned to Kali during Eleven's journey in Episode 7.
Not all fans liked the Episode 7 split from Hawkins. Here are early some reactions from the Friday bingers:
Episode 7 of the second season of #StrangerThings jumped the shark.— Peelump (@riptok8704) October 27, 2017
Episode 7 was an unmitigated disaster. Holy crap, it's jaw-dropping how much of a trainwreck that was. #StrangerThings— Rob 🕸🇨🇦 (@DigiFluid) October 27, 2017
I thought episode 7 was a glitch. That was a weird ride #StrangerThings— Ninjababoy (@ninjababoy1) October 27, 2017
Episode 7 should have been taken out of #StrangerThings— Anthony Leanhart (@Leanhart) October 27, 2017
Episode 7 seems out of place. Hope this comes together in a sensible manner. #StrangerThings— Bill Dowis (@billdowis) October 27, 2017
Episode 7 suuuucks #StrangerThings— Kyrstyn ✨ (@kyrstynuy) October 27, 2017
I really liked episode 7 for the mythology building and music (god the 80s were great) but am glad to be back in Hawkins #StrangerThings— Nore (@djnora42) October 27, 2017
Episode 7 was completely unnecessary IMO.#StrangerThings— Spookwell (@bpsaywell) October 27, 2017
#StrangerThings was so good. Episode 7 was probably my least favorite though— Travis (@TraviTroo) October 27, 2017
episode 7 was the best so far I loved it #strangerthings— nathl (@leodunken) October 27, 2017
Wow episode 7 was boring a dumb. They might as well have kept that episode and left the season at 8 episodes again. #StrangerThings— spooky mulder (@jasmyntwo) October 27, 2017
Episode 7 was weird though didn't really see the point in it #strangerthings— James (@JElmes7) October 27, 2017
#StrangerThings advice: watch episode 7 after the rest of the season. Trust me.— Alex Gabriel (@AlexGabriel) October 27, 2017
Just finished #StrangerThings - Episode 7 wasnt my favorite but it certainly opens the story up for the future seasons immensely. Good stuff— Stephen Lemieux (@StephenLemieux) October 27, 2017
Episode 7 is a mistake. Let's pretend it never exist. #StrangerThings— Moistaku (@OtakkuOtaku) October 27, 2017
Okay so I WAS loving #StrangerThings until episode 7... This episode goes completely off the rails and is just silly.— Will Foxwell (@WFoxification) October 27, 2017
Episode 7 of #StrangerThings is fantastic, my fav episode of s2, yet unfortunately it doesn't have anything to do with the main storyline :(— I am kinda hungry (@Gamerfilmsdude2) October 27, 2017
Sometimes you need Episode 7's in life to appreciate the Episode 8's #StrangerThings— cory (@coryiams) October 27, 2017
In a talk with Entertainment Weekly, "Stranger Things" creators Ross and Matt Duffer defended the "Chapter Seven" "experiment" as necessary for their own creative stretching, and also Eleven's story arc:
"Our test of the episode was we tried to pull it out of the show just to make sure that we needed it because I didn't want it in there as filler — even though some critics are accusing us of doing that. But Eleven's journey kind of fell apart, like the ending didn't work, without it. So I was like, whether this works or not, we need this building block in here or the whole show is going to collapse. It's not going to end well. The Mind Flayer is going to take over Hawkins.
That Eleven story line overall is sort of the biggest risk we took. We're going to continue to do risks moving forward to keep us on our toes. I didn't want her to just magically save the day. Just like Luke Skywalker, she needed to go off on her own and learn something about herself."
"Stranger Things" Season 2 just dropped on Netflix today (Friday, October 27).
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