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A pineapple pizza, four hours of sticky special effects, the song Puppet Master of Metallica screaming under a sky covered with carnivorous bats, angry Russian demogorgons, a helicopter named Katinka and a lot of blood in the eyes and nose, the last two episodes of Unknown things 4 they went, like the Olympics, higher, higher, stronger.

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Before hibernation until 2024, Unknown things 4 smashed everything: budget and airtime explosions (the last episode lasts 2 hours and 20 minutes!). Never has a TV series embodied the definition of a summer blockbuster so well.

Was it perfect as a finale? Obviously not. The Soviet portion was stretched to the limit, the ride of the pizza-surf van was redundant, and why did he bring the Hawkins sports militia back to the last second, when the demon Vecna ​​crushed the brave Max’s body? Unnecessary.

But was it satisfactory? Yes, absolutely. These classic Coke-inflated final episodes were a pop culture mega-festival for anyone who grew up watching VHS of the The claws of the night orAlien hired from local video store. Like Vidéo Éclair or Club International Vidéo Film with the famous velcro pads.

And this homage to the classics of the 80s was expertly invented by the creators of Stranger thingsbrothers Matt and Ross Duffer.

Have you captured all the references that have fallen on our screens? The cult film Halloween he was entitled to two big winks. First, rocker Eddie wore the white mask of killer Michael Myers, and then, Vecna ​​- stop now World upside down full of spoilers, thank you – he died the same way as the psycho John Carpenter filmed: they shot him, before falling two floors and disappearing into the fog.

At a dizzying pace, the nostalgic allusions continued their procession. A known replica of Star Warsa Molly Ringwald impersonator in Sixteen candles at the armory, formaldehyde cylinders identical to those in the films Alientwo T-shirts by Hulk Hogan, Victor Creel’s house modeled on Norman Bates’s in psychologythe winter ball modeled on that of Carrie and Luca reading The talisman by Stephen King, the master of horror.

The detail that most diehard fans missed is about Hopper. In the Soviet prison arena, he is with the real sword of Conan the Barbarian Hopper beheads the last demogorgon. A brilliant scene punctuated by the song Separate ways (worlds apart) of Travel.

Very briefly, the mythical blade wielded by Arnold Schwarzenegger first appears in the seventh episode, as the inmates try to survive a fight against the devil’s bugs. Did you see her?

Music also occupies a prominent place Stranger things. Kate Bush and her song Run up that hill have experienced a stunning resurgence since the release of the fourth installment of the TV series, even reaching number four on the Billboard charts. Not bad for a piece launched in 1985.

It is Metallica’s turn to take advantage of the “lifting” effect of Stranger things. The song Puppet Master, fallen on a swarm of killer bats, is climbing the charts at an exponential rate. He is crazy.

The last scene of Unknown things 4 sets the stage for the fifth and final chapter of the story, scheduled for 2024. No, Vecna ​​has not been wiped out and is preparing its final assault, as evidenced by the chills Will feels.

Speaking of Will, who has a crush on Mike, his sexual orientation was raised, but he was never named. Quite the opposite of long-winded Robin, who finally had his moment of flirting with her bandmate.

The plot spread between the USSR, California and Indiana has weakened the camaraderie between the main characters, so strong and so important in previous seasons. The story would then jump from region to region and awkwardly cut key scenes. To rethink.

That Stranger things brilliantly accomplished is to put young women at the center of the action. The series started with little nerds who stumbled Dungeons and Dragons change in order to terminator, where Sarah Connor emulators killed the bad guys. She thinks of Eleven fighting telepathically with Vecna, she thinks of Nancy shooting point blank at that same Vecna ​​and she thinks of Max, who was the bravest of the bunch by offering herself as bait to the most terrifying creature in the world.

And finally, the patience of the fans was rewarded with the exchange of a long-awaited first kiss between Hopper and Joyce. All together: awww! Let’s say he changes the (too many) scenes in which Eleven makes a face, frowns, distorts his face, reaches out with his left arm and opens his hand in front of an enemy to be thrown against the wall. Enter a death cry here.

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