The End of the Beginning of the End – Review of “Stranger Things 4” Episode 9 “The Piggyback”

The last chapter of Stranger Things 4 has one hell of a bitter ending. Episode Nine, titled “The Piggyback”, drops some major bombshells on us as an audience, while also tying up the season’s plot lines before setting up the events of the final season. It’s a case of closing out one story while laying … Continue reading The End of the Beginning of the End – Review of “Stranger Things 4” Episode 9 “The Piggyback”

The Road to Hell is Paved With Good Intentions – Review of “Stranger Things 4” Episode 8 “Papa”

The second half of Stranger Things 4 starts off with a bang with the episode, “Papa”. Everything is leading up to the final plan to kill Vecna/Henry/One and the stakes of the coming fight are laid out plainly that this is not a fight everyone expects to walk away from. In between the more action-packed … Continue reading The Road to Hell is Paved With Good Intentions – Review of “Stranger Things 4” Episode 8 “Papa”

Fear and Panic – Review of “Stranger Things 4” Episode Five “The Nina Project”

Moral outrage is a good thing from time to time. Without it, we would become complacent. But behind many acts of moral outrage are two key emotions: Fear and Panic. Episode Five of Stranger Things 4, titled “The Nina Project”, dives into both of those two emotions and how we as people tend to deal … Continue reading Fear and Panic – Review of “Stranger Things 4” Episode Five “The Nina Project”

Finding Solace with Friends – Review of “Stranger Things 4” Episode Four “Dear Billy”

I have to give credit to the Duffer Brothers: when they commit to an idea, they don’t half-ass it. Whether it’s plumbing the depths of horror or pulling on our heartstrings, Stranger Things 4 manages to evoke powerful emotions with deft ease. The fourth episode, titled “Dear Billy”, deals with impending death, how we face … Continue reading Finding Solace with Friends – Review of “Stranger Things 4” Episode Four “Dear Billy”

Hidden Monsters – Review of “Stranger Things 4” Episode Three “The Monster and The Superhero”

The third episode of Stranger Things 4, titled “The Monster and The Superhero”, continues the plot threads started in “Vecna’s Curse” while also providing crucial moments where some of the main characters have to make a choice on where they stand. Like most great horror stories, there’s always a break needed after ramping up the … Continue reading Hidden Monsters – Review of “Stranger Things 4” Episode Three “The Monster and The Superhero”