‘Stranger Things’ has a reputation for being a true festival of references and easter eggs and it is absolutely deserved. The series is full of little hidden details throughout the seven chapters of this season 4, some of which are winks also to the series itself.
Notice of SPOILERS from ‘Stranger Things’.
The open door
In the different scenes where we see Eleven’s room from the corridor, it is possible to see that the door is ajar. This is a reference to what Hopper wrote him in the letter at the end of the previous season, where he asked leave the door open.
‘That exciting course’
One of the funniest conversations this season is Steve and Robin in the car. In it, Robin tells that, the girl she likes, she returned the VHS of ‘That exciting course’ stopped until 53 minutes and 5 seconds. Steve is convinced that there’s no question that he likes girls, and if you stop the movie at that particular moment, that’s when Linda’s character takes off her bikini top.
In the season opener, Eleven and Will have to present a paper on heroes at their new high school in California. If you look, Will has chosen Alan Turing as the protagonist of his presentationone of the fathers of modern computer science, creator of the Turing test (to evaluate artificial intelligences, depending on whether their answers resemble those of a human being) and there is even speculation that it is a clue as to whether the character is gay or not, as Turing was prosecuted for being gay.
For her part, Eleven does her job on Hopper and uses a Reebok box to do it. It’s no coincidence, as he now lives at the Byers’, and it’s a nod to the fact that Joyce always wears Reebok sneakers.
The Pennhurst Sanitarium
Pennhurst Hospital, where Nancy and Robin go to speak with Victor Creel, is a place that already mentioned in season 1, when Mike and the others find Eleven. Plus, it really did exist and it’s in Spring City, Pennsylvania. From 1908 to 1987 royal patients were cared for and are said to have been kept in dire conditions. To this day, it is an abandoned building that is reputed to be haunted.
‘ET the alien’
Another of those little details that you miss if you blink is found when Dustin calls on the phone. If you notice, in the corner there is a small inscription on which he says “ET phone home”. Elliot and his alien friend were passing through Hawkins? Who knows?
Tom Cruise and the music box
It’s hard not to notice the Tom Cruise poster hanging in Nancy’s room, let alone Robin’s effusive reaction to seeing it. The curious thing in this case is that we already saw the hanging poster in Nancy’s room in the first seasoneven Eleven noticed the same thing as Robin: the little box with the ballerina inside.
the video store
If there is a scene where the easter eggs in the background they accumulate, it is the one from the video store. The establishment is full of 80s movie posters: ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’, ‘Brown hair’, ‘The man with a red shoe’, ‘Gremlins’, ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’, ‘The European vacation of a wacky American family’, ‘Peter and the dragon’, ‘Super detective in Hollywood’… and many more.
Will and Jonathan posters
Something similar happens with the posters in the rooms of the Byers brothers. For one thing, Will has several of REM, ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ Y ‘Shark’, with the peculiarity that the latter was also seen at his house in Hawkins, so it is not difficult to deduce that the character is a fan of the film. On the other hand, in Jonathan’s we find the poster of ‘Infernal possession’ which we also saw in previous seasons.
the production team
The most meta-referential joke of this season is when Max looks for between the records of the psychologist. Among the cards that are passed, the names of Ray Brown and John Bonaccorse appear, both members of the technical team of the series.
Finally, if we pay attention to the recording of the incident in the skating rink, these events take place on March 22, 1986. That is, the same day as Will’s birthday. Did your friends forget to congratulate you?