Stranger Things (2016– )
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Chapter Four: The Body 

Refusing to believe Will is dead, Joyce tries to connect with her son. The boys give Eleven a makeover. Jonathan and Nancy form an unlikely alliance.



(created by) (as The Duffer Brothers), (created by) (as The Duffer Brothers) | 1 more credit »


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Karen Wheeler
Dr. Martin Brenner
Ted Wheeler
Steve Harrington
Officer Powell
Lonnie Byers
Officer Callahan (as John Paul Reynolds)


Joyce is not swayed by the discovery of Will's body. Nancy and Jonathan begin to work together. The boys take El to school. Can she speak to Will? Hopper continues to uncover strange answers, and the facility sends someone into the anomaly. Written by Marc Crowther

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15 July 2016 (USA)  »

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2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Nancy is pulled out of class, the teacher is reading "Heart of Darkness", by Joseph Conrad. See more »


The hole in the wall made with the axe is no way as large on the inside as it is on the outside; however when the camera pans out, the hole is big enough to see her whole face. Furthermore, although the hole was made from the inside, there is no debris at all outside. See more »


Nancy Wheeler: Have you been doing this a while?
Jonathan Byers: What?
Nancy Wheeler: Photography.
Jonathan Byers: Yeah... I guess I'd rather observe people than... you know...
Nancy Wheeler: Talk to them.
Jonathan Byers: I know. It's weird.
Nancy Wheeler: No!
Jonathan Byers: No, it is! It's just, sometimes... people don't really say what they're really thinking. But when you capture the right moment, it says more.
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References The Dark Crystal (1982) See more »


Written by Ian Curtis, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris and Bernard Sumner
Performed by Joy Division
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One body, two bodies...
12 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

Is the body Will? Is it from someone else? Joyce doesn't seem to believe her son is dead, the kids are very mad at Eleven for lying to them, and Hooper knows something is smelling fishy (and it's not the body).

"The Body" does for another entertaining three-quarters of an hour in front of the screen (but sadly, little more). It all keeps being more or less the same (shady organization with a hole in their wall; teenage with powers; older teenagers' relationships...) and it doesn't advance as fast as it should (the show should probably have been six episodes instead of the eight), but the viewer won't complain. And why will they not? Because the relationships are good (the acting helps), the mystery is not head-spinning and simple to follow, and it has nice homages to previous movies/shows from the past (and some posters around the way).

On a side note, using powers to make the 'bully' pee themselves is a little juvenile, and keeps with the messages about humiliation and being stronger that are just basically lazy and bad psychology images.

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