Stranger Things 4 starts off with ”Chapter One: The Hellfire Club.” With a bang, it gets into Marxism with lines like everything ends where it begins. Not only this, but it gets better: a school for kids with powers like the Uncanny X-Men. The airing goes on and gets into other 80s things. Finally, it gets into head bangers, and a message against pregnant teens. Lastly, it gets into Helen Keller, the blind eugenics role model. I hope you like this genetics themed episode.
This episode begins where it ended in the past. To start, we see Dr. Brenner is back. But it’s in 1979 when all the Stranger Things stuff didn’t happen yet. He is at Hawkins laboratory. So this episode’s beginning is its ending too-how Marxist.
At the lab, we see numerous kids with telekinesis powers. Some of these kids can read minds. Others can move objects with their minds. Still, others have different powers. The lab seems to be a playground for children with powers.
We learn, too, there were lots of patients at Hawkins laboratory in the past. And each of these patients, all children, had a room to their own. Hawkins laboratory was practically a school.
That being said, many kinds of tests were done on these children. There were tests at guessing hidden pictures. There were tests that involved moving objects with mind power. Still, other tests centred on remote viewing or seeing distant objects or places in your mind.
Can you imagine all the lawsuits because of the things done in the 80s? For example, the human subject scientific experiments done on minors- these days, that is a class action lawsuit. Or what about the violated civil rights of these children and the incoming lawsuits? And to top it off, comics like the X-Men made government secret research on children normal to the average kid reading them. The 80s were crazy.
Moving on, here’s something from the 80s: Joyce is working from home. She does it on her rotary phone. Working at home took off in the 80s.
Another 80s thing appears in this broadcast. It’s Reebok. Reebok, the sports brand, became popular in the 80s, along with it’s high top sneakers.
Of course, hacking was taking off in the 80s. There was the movie War Games. This airing reveals Dustin’s girlfriend is a hacker.
This episode talks about Hellen Keller, the blind eugenics role model. I haven’t heard about Hellen Keller since kindergarten, when we were taught she was the perfect person.. Hellen Keller was popular when you could get a PHD in eugenics.
This episode deals with time. There is a big clock ticking when people are about to die. Kind of reminds me of the last days of the last days, as in the bible. Time is running out, in this episode.
There is a new character, Eddie Munson, a head banger. Of course this takes place in the 80s, so why not a headbanger into Dungeons and Dragons. Of course everyone played guitar in the 80s, too.
Football is big in this episode. Yeah, violent football. On top of that, you got the American anthem sung at all high school games. However, taking a knee was left out, along with other minorities. But, hey, ha ha, only a Catholic prayer was ever blasted over the school intercom speakers-hey wasn’t Hitler a Catholic who was never excommunicated?
There is a being in this broadcast like Satan. He uses illusions to speak to pregnant cheerleader, Chrissy, just like Satan used a snake to speak to Eve, though the snake could not talk in reality. This is the monster of season 4.
You know pregnant teens were the villains of the 80s. You had Planned Parenthood and numerous eugenics agencies targeting preggo teens and the family. Chrissy dying was a polite way of the producers hinting at Democrat messages saying we don’t approve of pregnant teens in the 80s.
In summary, this episode was ok, I liked how they had a message against preggo teens. As well, Helen Keller, the blind eugenics, was a nice touch, to an episode that touched on evolution and genetics in one way or another. It was nice to name this episode after Marvel Uncanny X-Men’s enemies, the Hellfire Club.