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The Upside Down

What You Need To Know:

“The Upside Down” is the final episode of the first season of STRANGER THINGS. As Joyce and Hopper get closer to getting answers regarding Will and Eleven, they are taken in for questioning by the science lab, but Hopper is able to strike a deal with them. Nancy, Jonathan, and Steve try to personally battle the monster by setting traps all around the house and drawing it to them. The boys and Eleven hide out in their school, but the people at the science lab are able to track them down and come after them. Many elements are against them, so they have to do everything they can, using every possible weapon, to try to end these strange things once and for all.

“The Upside Down” is a great finish for the first season. It’s very exciting and captivating. This episode contains many positive elements and a strong moral, redemptive worldview. Some characters who had less than noble qualities choose to be heroic and selfless in this episode. The episode does have quite a few disturbing images and lots of violence because the whole episode is a case of good battling evil. There’s also some foul language. MOVIEGUIDE® advises strong or extreme caution for the violence and blood in the finale to the first season of STRANGER THINGS.



Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
 Very strong moral worldview with redemptive elements as the battle continues against the evil creature that’s attacking everyone, and evil is eventually overcome by good, some characters redeem themselves by acting sacrificially, the Upside Down is used as a representation for an evil spiritual realm with entities dwelling inside it, but it’s dominated by good, plus some very light occult elements where a mysterious girl has telekinetic powers;

Foul Language:
10 to 12 obscenities and profanities;

  A high amount of violence throughout this episode as the final battle happens throughout, two characters cut their own hands in order to draw blood and attract the monster, a few characters come in close contact with the monster and fight it via a baseball bat, gun, and a large trap, monster is set on fire, Eleven causes nearly 10 “bad guys” eyes to begin to bleed and then kill them from within their own bodies, the viewer sees the monster attack a few people, and a moderate amount of blood is shown;

 No sexual content;

  No nudity;

Alcohol Use:
  No alcohol use;

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
  A few characters are shown smoking cigarettes; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
  Strong amount of miscellaneous content including a girl possessing telekinetic powers and being able to control people as well as easily kill them with her mind, some disturbing images throughout this episode, a strange snake-like creature is pulled out of someone’s mouth, a character coughs up and spits out slug-like creatures.


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