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The 9 (continued)
- What was the happiest moment of the season for you?
Jim: the first moment 11 walked in the door I welled up a little. Waited so long for the reunion. Plus we knew how 11 felt because she went “The Crush” on Max earlier during the season. (I really hope you are referring to that awful Alicia Silverstone film that I had a teenage hard on for. I am positive that I am not the only one.)
Briana: El and Mike seeing each other for the first time, hands down! It was also super sweet when Nancy danced with Dustin but there was something so sweet and genuine about that scene when she walked in the house and his jaw dropped. I had so many goosebumps! (I must admit, as much as I really dislike Nancy, I liked that particular scene of hers.)
Raylene: When El found Mama it was bitter sweet (Yeah, the mystery behind the mom’s words and the revelation were pretty heartbreaking.)
Melanie: The dance, such sweet things happened. (But where were the cookies?)
Kristi: At the Snowball dance when Nancy and Dustin were dancing. Poor kid was so crushed when no one would dance with him. He needed a win. (It was a relate-able moment. I feel that we have all tried something, especially appearance wise, expecting positive things and then nothing. It’s morally deflating.)
Cece: The Snow Ball was amazing. Also, loved the scene where everyone was working together to defeat stuff. (Yeah, I am always a sucker for a group to form to do like a final battle. Usually more in cartoons and a few films, but this was satisfying as hell.)
Chris: Basically the whole epilogue. From Evans giving Hopper a birth certificate so he could be El’s dad, to Steve’s dropping off of Dustin at the dance to the dance itself and finally the mind flayer lumbering down over the upside down high school (Yeah, I expected more people to bring up the birth certificate. I think the Snow Ball just sticks in the head better and almost blinds people because of all the positive vibes. Thank you for bringing up the mind flayer. That should also be a bit of a happy moment because without it, there’s really no reason to have a season 3. That or you’re just a twisted bastard, which I support as well.)
Kent: When Jonathan played Should I Stay followed by Billy and Mike’s mom. Should I Stay really was a feel good nostalgic moment. Yes, I liked the Mike and El thing. But the real answer is Dustin taking Steve’s hair advice.
- What did you think of 008’s group? Was it a good story arc or just time killing?
Jim: Necessary evil to introduce 8. The characters were dumb, but I can’t really think of a better way of bringing her into the universe. Was definitely the weakest element of the season (except billy). Her powers are bad ass, and hopefully we get 1-7 and 9-10 at some point as well…. will be worth that episode if we do (and they show up and beat Billy). (Man,, the hate on for Billy, incredible. I would also agree that it was the second weakest element of the season, but Billy is not #1 for me. That would be Nancy’s budding romance.)
Briana: I think it worked well to promote El’s story line but it wasn’t my favorite part of the season. I liked that they introduced another experiment kid but I don’t know if it needed to be quite as drawn out as it was. (I am inclined to say that if it was another “good guy” character, that people wouldn’t have minded the episode. The way it was done, it served a purpose, but after 11’s introduction, we have it in our minds that these kids are going to be similar.)
Raylene: No killing time this season perhaps next season will discover more kids (I am cautiously optimistic that we will meet other kids, probably multiple ones next year as 11 hones her powers.)
Melanie: Beginning was good, but then super boring. (Yeah, the beginning was fine because you still had that excitement built up. It was like a magician doing a shitty magic trick after performing a really mind blowing one.)
Kristi: Filler. Although without 008, El wouldn’t have known how to use her powers in full capacity. I was rather disappointed in the story line though. I think they could have done better with it. (I would say that if we did get a positive from this, it was 11 really learning to use those powers more effectively.)
Cece: Definitely filler. However, it helped aide in Eleven’s growth. (I have been wondering if the kids were all just gifted with one particular power or if they have the ability to learn others. That would be a game changer.)
Chris: Wasted potential. Cool idea, even somewhat necessary. Subpar utilization (Your succinct response is what I wish I had written. Shame you didn’t mention Funshine.)
Kent: I felt that it was incredibly underwhelming. Most people have been thinking about what the other kid’s powers would be, and like we had these X-Men type fantasies. Then we see Kali’s cool powers in the opening shot, and I am thinking this is cool. Then it was just a blah episode with a bunch of unlikable characters, aside from Funshine. That dude was awesome. It served it’s purpose, but it could have done it in a better way, and in the end, it was my least favorite episode.
- Is Brennar still alive or was the guy (Ray) just trying to save his own ass?
Jim: we did not definitively see his death, so by movie rules, he’s alive. Gives a reason for 8 to seek out 11 once again, so I think plot wise it works as well. (Yeah, I’m with you on this. Horror movies have taught me this very valuable lesson, plus bringing 8 back to the fold and possibly others. I think it works all around, even if the explanation is cheesy, and it will be cheesy.)
Briana: I can’t possibly see how he could be! We watched him die! Didn’t we…? I think. Well now I’m not sure but I feel like he’s dead. (Rewatching the scene, it does plant a seed of doubt. All it takes is one seed. Funny note, at least for me. Looking back at all the pics that I screen captured last year, the one of Brennar at the end, I labeled it as “Totally Screwed”. Honestly, I wish people actually knew half of the names of pics that I use.)
Raylene: I believe Ray was trying to save his own ass (Ray is a class act type of guy. He wouldn’t lie to the children.)
Melanie: I think still alive.
Kristi: I think he is alive.
Cece: Oh, you mean Papa. Nah. He dead.
Chris: Dead until Kali gets pissed off at El down the road and mind fucks her with him (Now this would be a fascinating thing to see. I am waiting for this to potentially happen. It will almost feel as good for you as it was to see Gendry return.)
Kent: Brennar is still alive. This is where I go by horror rules and if we didn’t definitively see it, we can’t be sure and simply assume. Plus, what the fuck else is Matthew Modine doing aside from sitting by that phone hoping for the Duffer Bros to call him up. I can picture him at one point calling the Duffers and being like “Hey guys, uhmmm, did you just call me because somebody just called me, and like they didn’t say anything, so I thought maybe it was you…” and Duffer Bro says “Who are you?”
……..to be continued in Part 4
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