“Every end has a beginning” is the motto with which the arrival on Netflix, after three years of absence, of season 4 of ‘Stranger Things’ has been announced. Well, from its first part, no less than seven chapters that leave us only two ahead to close this fourth installment, which is already among the best series of 2022. After it, only the fifth remains and, supposedly, the last. But that phrase did not mean only that this is the penultimate season of ‘Stranger Things’ and, therefore, one more step towards its end, but that to reach the end they were going to take us to the beginning of everything. That is precisely what chapter 7 of this fourth season has dealt with.
Spoilers for ‘Stranger Things 4×07’, below
‘The massacre in the Hawkins laboratory’ is the title of the episode, no less than 98 minutes long, the longest in the series to date (until chapter 9 arrives on July 1, more than two and a half hours). Although episode 4 of season 4 of ‘Stranger Things’, ‘Dear Billy’, may be the most intense of all, except Max’s salvation, it is the chapter where almost everything kicks off, Joyce goes to Russia to save Hooper, Eleven leaves with Doctor Brenner, the rest flee California, Hawkins’ group learns more about the origin of Vecna… But this chapter 7 is the one of the revelations, and one of them is the most important of the whole series. Of course, this season has treaded uncharted ground that goes beyond Hawkins, although ‘Stranger Things’ has a strange relationship with sex.
But what we’re going to. If something was making us ball of this exciting season 4 it was the plot of Eleven in the laboratory. Over and over we were brought closer to a flashback that never came, a memory in which it seemed that Eleven had killed all of his companions. Of course, although we have seen Eleven kill various soldiers, we know that Netflix was not going to dare to turn the character of Millie Bobby Brown, a child idol, into a mass murderer of children. No, but it has taken 7 chapters and many experiments to prove it. And thanks to some of these images we count it among the best scary series on Netflix.
In the entire episode we have no clue of Mike, Jonathan and company in the van. Nancy, Steve, Eddie (Do you know where you’ve seen new ‘Stranger Things’ actors like Eddie before? You’re going to freak out) and company try to get out of the Upside Down World and escape from Vecna while Dustin, Lucas and Max try to free themselves. from their parents and the police. Going back to season 1, the key to everything is in the lights. Just as Will did, the gang manages to talk to each other to discover that Vecna opens a portal with every victim she captures.. The brain of the group, Dustin, warns us that the Demogorgon was a common soldier and that Vecna, however, is the general of the Mind Flayer, a leader capable of breaking the barrier between both worlds just as the Soviets did with their machine or Eleven , when he awakened his powers.
The latter is important because, in case we had not yet fallen or had forgotten, here Dustin reminds us that it was Eleven who opened the first portal, the one that we saw how it closed in season 2. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that, if we never saw that portal open, it’s going to be in that flashback of the lab massacre that we find out.. We could also have been guessing, since among children there is no number 1, that this assistant with the psychotic look probably has something to do with him.
When he helps Eleven escape and she frees him from the remote control, we already know what tattoo he’s going to have on his arm. 001 and 011 are united but, and this is where the surprises really begin, it is this 1 who commits the slaughter of the children. Eleven, who had not yet displayed his powers, decides to confront him and heroically manages to send him to the world upside down, opening the portal that would trigger the entire series. If until then to use his powers he had remembered the express visit of his mother at that moment he manages to go back to his own part of him, to his first “I love you”, awakening his true potential . Eleven is back, and we already know that he has surely regained his powers. But we can’t stay there.
Who is 001?
turns out Vecna and 001 were the same person all along, Vecna is a human with powers that Eleven sent to the Upside Down World and who, now, seems to have found the method to open portals and exterminate all humans, her particular psychopathic madness. The surprise that many of us had not guessed, moreover, comes from the hand of Nancy. Her trauma with Barb, who died while she was losing her virginity to Steve, is the hook Vecna uses to capture her just as she was about to escape from the Upside Down World.
While we discover the origin of Vecna from the hand of Eleven, with Nancy we go to the true origin of everything, to discover that Vecna was the son of Victor Kreel and that it was he who really killed his mother and sister. That display of power was the signal with which Brenner began his work to control children with paranormal powers. From that power, from that madness, Eleven’s destiny was also born.
And the end of the end?
We still don’t know how Nancy will escape from Vecna, or how Eleven will escape from a Doctor Brenner who won’t let her get away with her regained powers. Nor like Hooper, who perhaps we have forgotten, will he escape with Joyce from the Soviet prison and, in general, from the entire USSR. With that embrace we settle. The important thing here is that ‘Stranger Things’ has put faces to its final duel, one between Vecna and Eleven, between 001 and 011, the power of good against the power of evil, the power of hate and resentment against love and friendship. Eleven and One will have to face each other again, just as they did on that day when the first portal opened and everything began. One has increased his power by allowing himself to be occupied by the darkness of the Upside Down World and absorbing victims, another has done so by growing up and meeting friends and family. Both, in short, have fed the strength of their power. Now it only remains to see who wins. Well, that’s not either, we know that Eleven and the good guys will win, we just have to see how.
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