One of the harder references to miss in the second season is that of “Mad Max,” the alias that Max Mayfield uses to display her high scores on arcade machines. She was the champion of Dragon’s Lair, which was how the young kids first learned about her, and it’s clear where the inspiration came from.
The eponymous character of “Mad Max” was Mel Gibson’s first-ever film, and it’s the perfect name for a tomboy who wants to show that she can hold her own during the eighties. Since the movie has just gotten a reboot in 2015, two years before season two came out, it was a slam-dunk of a name.
Season three finally gives us a chance at seeing Joyce and Hopper get into a relationship after all this time. Hopper manages to convince Joyce to join him for a date, but (as we might have expected) things don't exactly go as planned. For one, Hopper doesn't look anything like the police chief he is, instead of dressing in a colorful Hawaiian shirt and shaving until he's left with just a mustache.
The outfit looks like it could have come right out of the show “Magnum P.I.,” and that's almost certainly what the producers had in mind. Tom Selleck's 'stache is hard to beat, but Hopper gives it a run for its money.
Friends Before the Show
While none of them had any fame before their time on “Stranger Things,” three of the kids knew each other beforehand. Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), Sadie Sink (Max), and Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas) had met while each was making a name for themselves on Broadway, all at the same time.
Matarazzo was performing as Gavroche and Petit Gervais in “Les Miserables,” Sink was the titular character in “Annie” (alternating with another actress), and McLaughlin was performing as Young Simba in “The Lion King.” Interestingly, the three met while letting off a little bit of Broadway steam on the playground.
Casting Gaten Matarazzo
Though all five of the younger cast (before the addition of Sadie Sink, anyway) had their good points, many viewers found Dustin, the curly-headed tyke with cleidocranial dysplasia to be the brightest star. The Duffer brothers also thought so, since they cast Gaten Matarazzo as Caleb right after watching his first audition tape.
The way they explained it, he popped right out of the tape. There was no way they couldn't put him in the show after the audition. Matarazzo also has cleidocranial dysplasia – the condition primarily affects the development of bones and teeth. Matarazzo has had multiple surgeries, including having fourteen supernumerary teeth removed.
Various Blobs of Certain Kinds
One of the grosser moments of season three comes when the news editors turn into big masses of flesh and body parts, collapsing into a pile outside the hospital. Film fans might have a couple of things that popped into their heads when they saw this scene.
One of them is the 1958 movie “The Blob,” which has...you can probably figure it out. The other example, which falls in line with the eighties nods the show loves, is the 1982 movie “The Thing,” which has the creature turning into a big mass of body parts at different times.