Season 1, Episode 2 - Chapter 2: The Mall Rats

STRANGER THINGS: Season 3

Episode
Number:Season 1, Episode 2
Air Date:07/04/2019

What You Need To Know:

“Chapter 2:  The Mall Rats” of STRANGER THINGS picks up with Billy, the captured lifeguard, running to escape the creature at the bottom of the abandoned steel plant. The next day. Mike explains he can’t hang out with Eleven, the girl with telekinetic powers, because he will be with his pals instead. Dustin, angry at his friends, visits Steve at the mall’s ice cream parlor. He asks for help translating the Russian message he intercepted. Steve and Steve’s co-worker help Dustin decipher the first sentence and wonder why the message originated from their hometown. Meanwhile, Joyce, Will’s mother, asks a science teacher why her magnets aren’t working. Max and Eleven go to the mall to blow off steam. When they run into Mike at the mall, Eleven breaks up with him. Jonathan and Nancy, two high school students, investigate a call about some peculiar rat activity.

“Chapter 2:  The Mall Rats” effectively carries the intrigue of the story. It has a light moral worldview with some positive capitalist elements. However, it contains some foul language, violence, and mature elements that require caution.

Content:

(B, Cap, Ho, LL, VV, S, N, AA, D, M):

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
  Light moral, capitalist worldview when characters go shopping in a town’s new shopping mall, some character protest that the mall has hurt small businesses, possible homosexual depiction as a photographer exemplifies many stereotypical gay mannerisms, but this isn’t confirmed;

Foul Language:
  21 obscenities, one light profanity, and one character gets cut off as he’s about to tell someone to “shove it up” blank;

Violence:
  Strong violence includes character has a vision to hurt a woman, infected rat explodes spilling its guts, character depicted with some lacerations on his forehead and elbow that show a little bit of blood;

Sex:
  Couple at the mall kisses, teenage boys stumble upon a lingerie store but decide not to go in;

Nudity:
  Characters in swimsuits (including some bikinis) during pool scenes;

Alcohol Use:
  Character orders scotch and wine for dinner and gets drunk;

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
  Characters smoke a cigarette and a cigar; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
  Teenager yells at his mother, lying, sarcasm, one character says, “we ask for forgiveness not permission,” character uses her special mind abilities to explode someone’s drink without them knowing.

Episodes:

NumberDateTitleQualityContent
1.107/04/2019Chapter 1: Suzie, Do You Copy?-2
1.207/04/2019Chapter 2: The Mall Rats-1
1.307/04/2019Chapter 3: The Case of The Missing Lifeguard-1
1.407/04/2019Chapter 4: The Sauna Test-2
1.507/04/2019Chapter 5: The Flayed-2
1.607/04/2019Chapter 6: E Pluribus Unum-2
1.707/04/2019Chapter 7: The Bite-2
1.807/04/2019The Battle of the Starcourt-2

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