Stranger Things 2, episode 6 review: The Spy

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Stranger Things 2, episode 6 “The Spy” is one of the best episodes of the series so far. Here’s our review.

“The Spy,” episode 6 of Stranger Things 2, is, without a doubt, the most intense episode of Stranger Things we’ve seen so far. At the beginning of the episode, I was thinking about how bad this situation is in Hawkins. It’s never been worse for our heroes. Spoilers ahead! 

Sure, Hopper was rescued at the end of the last episode, but Will was nearly burned alive, inside out. Although he’s not lost in the Upside Down, somehow, he’s in worse shape in Stranger Things 2 and being possessed by the Shadow Monster.

I, like most of the audience, fell into the trap of thinking, “ooh-oo child, things are going to get easier” for our heroes in “The Spy.” I legitimately thought Steve and co. were going to kill the baby demogorgon and Will’s plan to defeat the Shadow Monster would at least get things started in the right direction. I could not have been more wrong.

As Dr. Owens pointed out, the Upside Down appears to be a living organism trying to find a way to protect itself and survive. It also seems to be like a virus with “hive intelligence,” and it’s using Will as it’s host, of sorts, and a form of defense. It’s clearly more advanced than any of these scientists thought, and the trick with the demogorgons was excellently planned and executed.

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We’ve had a few twists in turns in the first five episodes, but the two twists in this episode threw me for a loop. I definitely didn’t see the group (squad?) of demogorgons coming! Once they were there, I started to think they might attack the Hawkins National Lab, but I didn’t think they’d go into the tunnels to make it happen.

“The Spy” was paced perfectly, beginnning to end with the mix of action and drama, the ups and downs, the good and the bad. Well, it’s pretty much all bad, but it seemed like there were a few good things that happened during the episode, as long as we can set aside the impending doom of Hawkins and civilization.

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It’s not all about the action in “The Spy,” though, and that’s what I think makes this episode the best we’ve seen so far. There are so many good moments, emotional moments between the characters.

Let’s start at the bottom and work our way to the top. First, we get a great Dustin and Steve team-up to help kill the baby demogorgon. They share a convesation about girls, and we get further proof that Steve is an awful person when he tells Dustin to act like he doesn’t care to win over a girl’s heart.

Later in the episode and during the stakeout for the baby demogorgon, Max finally opens up to Lucas about her past, home life and her desire to be different from her horrible stepbrother, Billy. This is the audience’s first vulnerable moment with Max, played by Sadie Sink, where she expresses her feelings. It’s her best moment of the show so far.

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After Hopper’s short trip to the Upside Down, he seems to gain some perspective. Hopper heads out to his car and tries to get in touch with Eleven via radio. He apologizes, which was something he should have done a long time ago. Unfortunately, she was not there to hear it.

Most importantly, Nancy and Jonathan finally give in to their attraction to each other while staying with the private investigator and reporter.

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The only thing missing from this episode is everybody’s favorite character, Eleven! Imagine if we had a great moment from her in this episode. That would set “The Spy” above all the other episodes we’ve seen in this series. It’s incredible.

Where does the series go from here? I think we all know what has to happen, and her name rhymes with Keleven. But, it’s going to be much more difficult this time with a whole flock of demogorgons on the prowl and a Shadow Monster calling the shots.