So the Stranger Things season two trailer has landed and we’re all uncommonly excited as Netflix’s nostalgia-fest gets its geek on from the very start.
As the place to go for all Stranger Things news and rumors, Digital Spy has had more than a long stare at that trailer and it’s got our minds whirring.
Here are just a few things we noticed that could set us up nicely for the next series, from the obvious to the cryptic:
After the first series, Eleven’s fondness for Eggo waffles went viral. The last we saw of Chief Hopper, he was leaving a box of them in the woods. This throwback Eggos TV commercial, appearing at the start of the trailer, may have greater significance, but we think it’s more likely just a wink from the show’s creators the Duffer brothers to the “eggomania” phenomenon. It’s also from the ’80s, and all things ’80s are welcome in Stranger Things.
2. THE ARCADE
There are few locations more symbolic of ’80s kids movies than an amusement arcade. You’ve got them in The Goonies, War Games and Tron to name but three. So what’s this revolving sign about? It’s only on screen for a couple of frames – blink and you’d miss it. Will it be the kids’ new hangout? More likely it’s going to get DESTROOOOYED.
3. ELEVEN IS BACK
Never doubted it for a second – the breakout star of 2016 is back, and she’s… upside down. Which is only to be expected, because that’s where we left her. Still having nosebleeds, too.
4. WHO YOU GONNA CALL?
We already know that the series is, like E.T., set at Halloween, so it’s not unusual that the kids would be in costume. (Though no-one else appears to be.) It also dates the show to a year later than season one – that was set in November 1983, while Ghostbusters wasn’t released till June 1984.
5. CHIEF HOPPER’S HAVING A BAD DAY
World-weary cop Chief Hopper saved the day last time around after turning on the government to help save Will. Looks like his life isn’t getting any easier, as he’s blown up – or at least blown over – in the trailer (unless someone else is wearing his uniform). We’re pretty sure he survives though, as we later see him spearing something on the ground with a great big stick.
6. ACTUAL GHOSTBUSTERS?
Who’s this guy with what seems to be a flamethrower that looks suspiciously like the Ghostbusters‘ “unlicensed particle accelerator” backpacks? Probably not a goodie. Everything else is pure speculation. Don’t cross the streams.
7. IT’S WILL’S TURN IN THE DOCTOR’S CHAIR
Poor Eleven spent most of her life as the subject of experiments in the mysterious “Department of Energy.” This time it’s Will in the chair, though he does at least appear to have his mom Joyce (Winona Ryder) next to him. Given that at the end of the last season he was rescued from the unhygienic Upside Down dimension, but was secretly vomiting up slugs, he could probably do with some medical attention.
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8. THE DEMOGORGON RETURNS
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Does that look like a Demogorgon to you? It looks like a Demogorgon to us. It also looks like Louise Bourgeois’s sculpture Mother, but that’s probably a coincidence.
Also, someone has been predicting its arrival – whose drawings are they? If the psychic-drawing thing isn’t Close Encounters of the Third Kind enough for you, by the way, there’s this shot of a kid (Will? Mike?) in a doorway, looking out at a lit-up sky:
From: Harper’s BAZAAR US