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Chapter Seven: The Bathtub 

The government comes searching for Eleven. Eleven looks for Will in the Upside Down.

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Dr. Martin Brenner
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Steve Harrington
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Lucas warns his friends that the bad men from the Hawkins Laboratory are coming and they must flee. They are pursued by Brenner and his agents and El uses her power to flip a van and stop the others. They hide in a junkyard and meet Lucas. At the police station, Jonathan is released by Hopper and Joyce and he and Nancy tells about the monster. Troy arrives at the station with his mother and tells about El's abilities. Hopper, Joyce, Nancy and Jonathan seek out Mike, Dustin and Lucas and they use Will's walkie-talkie to contact them. They meet the boys and El at the junkyard and head to Nancy's house, where Dustin calls Mr. Clarke to learn how to make the deprivation tank. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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15 July 2016 (USA)  »

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The movie that Mr. Clark and a lady friend are watching is John Carpenter's The Thing (1982). See more »

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When Tommy H. hands Steve a can of Coke outside of the convenience store, the logo on the can changes back-and-forth between "Coke" and "Coca-Cola" in different camera angles. See more »

Quotes

Dustin Henderson: [after El flips the van to help them escape] Did- did you see what she did to that van?
Mike Wheeler: [sarcastic] No, Dustin: we missed it.
Dustin Henderson: I mean that was... that was...
Lucas Sinclair: -Awesome. That was awesome.
[goes to El]
Lucas Sinclair: Everything I said about you being a traitor and stuff... I was wrong. I'm sorry.
Eleven: Friends... friends don't lie. I'm sorry too.
Mike Wheeler: Me too.
[Holds out his hand. He and Lucas shake]
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Features The Thing (1982) See more »

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Should I Stay or Should I Go
Written by Topper Headon, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, and Joe Strummer
Performed by Noah Schnapp
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Water, lots of water
14 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

The seventh episode says it all in the title: "The Bathtub" revolves around a bathtub. Again, it does for forty minutes of fun, but not very deep or original.

The story becomes reduced to two story-lines: Dr. Brenner trying to catch Eleven and Eleven and the rest trying to find Will and Barb, wherever they are. The atmosphere keeps 'cheaply' replicating the 80s shows and movies. It makes for some fun moments, because we have gotten so used to characters using their smartphones at the first problem they have (and the silly no coverage trick) that we are confronted with 'old style' problem resolution.

However, the story is plain and too simple. It just keeps the nostalgia card at hand constantly, which makes for not very engaging storytelling. On top of that, even if the acting is good, the direction is not so much, quite simple and uninvolving.

To summarize, "The Bathtub" is a clear example of the series strengths and weaknesses. Lack of rhythm and originality, against good acting and acceptable atmosphere.


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