Season 1, Episode 4 - Chapter 4: The Sauna Test

STRANGER THINGS: Season 3

Episode
Number:Season 1, Episode 4
Air Date:07/04/2019

What You Need To Know:

In “Chapter 4:  The Sauna Test” of STRANGER THINGS, characters attempt an exorcism of sorts to get another worldly creature out of a host by using a sauna to literally sweat it out. Mrs. Driscoll from previous episodes gets taken to the hospital. Will and his pals call a “code red.” Hop and Joyce explore the shady behavior of the town Mayor and some developers. Dustin, Steve and Robin enlist the help of Erica to help them see what the Russians are doing.

“The Sauna Test” is well-paced and acted. All the storylines are tied in well with one another, leaving viewers eager to know the outcome. The episode has a strong Christian, moral worldview with positive American, capitalist elements. There are Christian and moral nods to caring for others, a grand mention of the benefits of capitalism, and one scene where a mother and daughter have a heart to heart, though their discussion is clouded by some feminist ideology. MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for foul language, violence and other scary, high-stakes moments in “Chapter 4:  The Sauna Test.”

Content:

(CC, BB, PP, CapCap, Fe, LL, VVV, N, A, D, M):

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
  Strong Christian, moral worldview with strong American, capitalist values where characters are genuinely concerned for the safety of others, a child character talks about being valued for extending her help, characters also attempt an exorcism of sorts to get a foreign creature out of its host subtle, a grand mention of the benefits of capitalism, and a positive mother and daughter talk about not being taken seriously by the world and not accepting responsibility for your actions marred by some feminist comments;

Foul Language:
  15 obscenities, one strong profanity, eight light profanities, and one character thinks he threw up;

Violence:
  Very strong and strong violence involves creature sucks the faces of two characters that are held captive, guards hold guns, two men get into a fight and blood is shown, and one man eventually handcuffs the other man to a bedpost, teenage characters lock a character who might be possessed into a sauna, choking shown, and character gets thrown through a brick wall and gets a rack of weights thrown at him;

Sex:
  No sex;

Nudity:
  Upper male nudity for scenes in a sauna, and one scene with implied frontal male nudity, but audiences only see an upper thigh;

Alcohol Use:
  Liquor seen in an office;

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
  No smoking but a character takes medication, mention of a political figure doing cocaine, and a chief of police who has a pill-popping problem; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
  Lying, sneaking around, character spits at others in protest.

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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