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Chapter One: MADMAX 

As the town preps for Halloween, a high-scoring rival shakes things up at the arcade, and a skeptical Hopper inspects a field of rotting pumpkins.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Byers
Karen Wheeler
Dr. Sam Owens


Near Halloween, Mike, Dustin, Lucas and Will find that Dustin's score in an Arcade game has been beaten by someone with the nickname MadMax. They believe the newcomer in school Maxine is the player. Hopper investigates what has happened to pumpkins that have been poisoned and the owner blames his neighbor. Will has visions from the Upside Down and he goes with Joyce and Hopper to a clinic for medical examination. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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27 October 2017 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Season 2, chapter 1 takes place a year later after Season 1, chapter 8. See more »


The beginning car chase happens in October of 1984, but the three police cars that pursue the van are Chevrolet Caprices as denoted by the front grill and hubcaps. The Caprice not exist in 1984 but was first offered in late 1985 for the 1986 model year. The three police cruisers also have Federal Signal Streethawk light bars on top, which were also first produced in 1986. See more »


Dustin Henderson: He's gonna spread his nasty-ass rash to your whole family.
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References Mad Max (1979) See more »


Performed by Kylie Dixon & Michael Stein
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Life marches on . . .
13 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

The hype leading into Season 2 was no laughing matter, and I think it was a stroke of genius to let this (re)introductory episode focus on the larger picture of Hawkins, Indiana. There isn't really a central character (yet, at least), and they're all just pieces on a game board.

To that end, it's an exciting board game to return to, and opens things up for new faces (Paul Reiser and Sean Astin); and the existing characters have just the right amount of familiarity. Dustin's efforts to maintain his Dig Dug high score made for some of the best scenes. To a great extent, this is just a big Welcome Back sign. While this show has been about creating eerie environment, it's a place I've been wanting to get back to. The soundtrack is fantastic, and the song selection really helps enhance the mood.

In the end, it's really that mood (not the '80s references) that pulls me time and again. This is a hell of a start to a new season.


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