Season two has the kids hit the arcade for a little bit of fun, now that they’re all back together. One of the games they’re seen wasting their quarters on is called “Dragon’s Lair,” and it’s a real arcade game. If you’ve ever had the chance to play this or some of the later games in the series, you know that it’s a brutally difficult experience that requires both split-second timing and a good memory.
It was also a lot different from your standard Galagas or Mrs. Pac-Mans of the era since it was like you were playing a cartoon with full-motion graphics and everything.
Adding His Own Flair
Dustin is a weird little kid, but we love him. One of the things that makes him so weird is the sounds that he can make, including something that we'll refer to as a “purr.” This detail came from Gaten Matarazzo, who used a modified version of his Chewbacca impression to create the sound.
The funny thing is, a geeky kid like Dustin would ABSOLUTELY have a Chewbacca impression to show off to his friends. It's another one of those little details that help each of the characters maintain a distinct flavor, and Dustin seems to have more flavor than some of the others.
Waiting for Season 4
A number of factors combined to slow down season 4. There were nine scripts, more than eight hundred pages, thousands of visual effects shots, and a runtime that was almost twice the length of any of the previous seasons. There was also some stuff going on in the world prior to its release in 2022 that you may recall.
However, the cast and crew were able to work through the huge amount of material and all the other problems standing in their way to releasing the fourth and penultimate season. Season five might be the final one according to the Duffer brother's plan, but all good things must come to an end.
Inspiration From Space
Millie Bobby Brown had a tall order when she found out she was going to be playing Eleven. In the show, the poor girl had been taken away from her birth mother and locked in a compound. Even when she escapes, it's clear to almost everyone that she wasn't your normal kid. She acted weird, was scared of stuff, and really didn't know much about the world – just like someone that was visiting from outer space.
Brown said in an interview that the Duffer brothers told her she should even act like an alien, going so far as to call out a reference that any eighties kid would be familiar with: “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.”
Impossible to Ignore
Anybody who had seen “Poltergeist” by Steven Spielberg and Tobe Hooper couldn't escape the movie while they were watching the first season of “Stranger Things. The show might as well have been subtitled “Poltergeist” and Joyce offers Will tickets to the movie by name.
She communicates with her son through the walls as Carol Anne does, and there are numerous uses of light, just like how the light of the television is a herald of bad things to come. The Duffer brothers weren't going to risk anybody missing the connections to a movie that was so similar to the show they were working on, so they made it clear.