STRANGER THINGS: “Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers”

Season 1, Episode 1

Episode Air Date: July 15, 2016

Podcast Date: 2016.07.31

 

 

EPISODE SUMMARY

*SPOILER WARNING*

 

  • On November 6, 1983, in a US Department of Energy-backed Hawkins National Laboratory, a scientist flees from an unseen menace but is ultimately taken.

  • Meanwhile, Will Byers, a 12-year-old boy, vanishes after encountering a strange creature while riding his bicycle home from a Dungeons & Dragons campaign with his three friends.

  • The next day, a young girl with a shaved head and wearing a hospital gown appears at a local hamburger joint.

  • The owner Benny takes pity on her and feeds her before calling the social services.

  • A woman posing as a social worker arrives, and immediately shoots Benny as a team of armed men search for the girl, but she manages to escape.

  • Eventually, Will's friends Lucas, Mike and Dustin find her in the rainy woods while searching for Will.

 

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CLIPS

Clip 1:

The boys playing D&D. The innocence of youth that the show captures is pretty breathtaking. They play off fond memories with a spacey soundtrack.

Clip 2:

Will is lost / conversation a the station between Jim Hopper and Joyce Byers

Clip 3:

The phone rings and zaps mom; the boys find 11 in the woods

 

OBJECTIVES

  • What were your thoughts on the monster (Demogorgon)?

    • It caught me off guard. I thought it was really interesting that they came up with a sci-fi story so off the beaten path

  • We’re really in the ‘making old new again’ phase (Ghostbuster, Power Rangers, Ghost in the Shell, Ash vs Evil Dead, Blair Witch, Wet Hot American Summer - Star Wars/Trek, etc.)

  • You really feel the panic of the characters - amazing acting all around

  • Interesting themes / nostalgia

    • Big Brother listening

    • The latchkey generation

    • The father that just rolls over, only does what he’s told

    • Forts in the woods

    • Walkie talkies

TRIVIA

CAST

 

Series cast summary:

 

Winona Ryder

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Joyce Byers (8 episodes, 2016)

 

David Harbour

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Jim Hopper (8 episodes, 2016)

 

Finn Wolfhard

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Mike Wheeler (8 episodes, 2016)

 

Millie Bobby Brown

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Eleven (8 episodes, 2016)

 

Gaten Matarazzo

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Dustin Henderson (8 episodes, 2016)

 

Caleb McLaughlin

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Lucas Sinclair (8 episodes, 2016)

 

Natalia Dyer

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Nancy Wheeler (8 episodes, 2016)

 

Charlie Heaton

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Jonathan Byers (8 episodes, 2016)

 

Cara Buono

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Karen Wheeler (8 episodes, 2016)

 

Matthew Modine

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Dr. Martin Brenner (8 episodes, 2016)

 

Joe Keery

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Steve Harrington (8 episodes, 2016)

 

Rob Morgan

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Officer Powell (8 episodes, 2016)

 

John Reynolds

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Officer Callahan (8 episodes, 2016)

 

Joe Chrest

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Ted Wheeler (7 episodes, 2016)

 

Noah Schnapp

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Will Byers (7 episodes, 2016)

 

Mark Steger

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The Monster (6 episodes, 2016)

 

Randall P. Havens

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Mr. Clarke (6 episodes, 2016)

 

Tobias Jelinek

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Lead Agent (6 episodes, 2016)

 

Susan Shalhoub Larkin

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Florence (6 episodes, 2016)

 

Catherine Dyer

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Agent Connie Frazier (5 episodes, 2016)

 

Anniston Price

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Holly Wheeler (5 episodes, 2016)

 

Tinsley Price

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Holly Wheeler (5 episodes, 2016)

 

Peyton Wich

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Troy (5 episodes, 2016)

 

Ross Partridge

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Lonnie Byers (4 episodes, 2016)

 

Hugh B. Holub

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Scientist (4 episodes, 2016)

 

Cade Jones

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James (4 episodes, 2016)

 

Chester Rushing

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Tommy H. (4 episodes, 2016)

 

Chelsea Talmadge

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Carol (4 episodes, 2016)

 

Robert Walker Branchaud

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Agent Repairman (4 episodes, 2016)

 

Shannon Purser

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Barbara Holland (5 episodes, 2016)

 

Pete Burris

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Hawkins Head of Security (3 episodes, 2016)

 

Andrew Benator

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Elevator Scientist (3 episodes, 2016)

 

Charles Lawlor

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Mr. Melvald (3 episodes, 2016)

 

Tony Vaughn

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Principal Coleman (3 episodes, 2016)

 

Glennellen Anderson

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Nicole (2 episodes, 2016)

 

Aimee Mullins

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Terry Ives (2 episodes, 2016)

 

Chris Sullivan

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Benny Hammond (2 episodes, 2016)

 

Stefanie Butler

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Cynthia (2 episodes, 2016)

 

David Dwyer

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Earl (2 episodes, 2016)

 

Salem Murphy

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High School Principal (2 episodes, 2016)

 

Jerri Tubbs

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Diane Hopper (2 episodes, 2016)

 

Ron Roggé

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State Trooper O'Bannon (2 episodes, 2016)

 

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