STRANGER THINGS: 11 Questions No One Thought to Ask

*WARNING: BLOG POST CONTAINS SPOILERS*

So it's been a week since I finished watching Stranger Things, the newest hit series on Netflix, and naturally... I've got some questions. Ever since that face-wrinkling, goosebump-inducing final scene to end the season, a plethora of questions have invaded my mind, floating around like that flaky debris from the Upside Down world (what were those by the way ... bonito flakes?!)

Here are 11 of those questions... questions which probably aren't causing heated debates on your local message boards, but are still fun to think about.

1. What was Jonathan's occupation?

 He supposedly took an extra shift late at night covering for someone named Eric, but we don't see any character named Eric throughout the rest of the season. Jonathan was a well-versed photographer, but chances are that there weren't many snapshot jobs for high school amateurs in the small town of Hawkins. My guess: a BARBER!! Just look at those handsome locks...

He supposedly took an extra shift late at night covering for someone named Eric, but we don't see any character named Eric throughout the rest of the season. Jonathan was a well-versed photographer, but chances are that there weren't many snapshot jobs for high school amateurs in the small town of Hawkins. My guess: a BARBER!! Just look at those handsome locks...

2. WHEN BENNY HAMMOND was talking TO HIS FRIENDS, THEY TALK ABOUT A GUY AVERAGING 37 PoinTS A GAME – WHO were THEY TALKING ABOUT? 

 Benny and his boys mention "Mr. Basket--" ... and that's when they're cut off by the sight of Eleven. My educated guess: Steve Alford, who attended New Castle HS in Indiana. As a senior in 1983, Alford earned the Indiana "Mr. Basketball" award after   averaging 37.7   points per game.

Benny and his boys mention "Mr. Basket--" ... and that's when they're cut off by the sight of Eleven. My educated guess: Steve Alford, who attended New Castle HS in Indiana. As a senior in 1983, Alford earned the Indiana "Mr. Basketball" award after averaging 37.7 points per game.

3. What's up with ELEVEN'S TATTOO? 

 Above are two enhanced views of Eleven's tattoo — on the left (El showing to Benny) the 1's look different from each other, right? To me, it looks more like 0I1, or zero / capital i / one. But on the right (El showing to the boys) the 1's in Eleven's tattoo actually look like 1's. My guess: El's tattoo artist used magic ink from   Hogsmeade  .

Above are two enhanced views of Eleven's tattoo — on the left (El showing to Benny) the 1's look different from each other, right? To me, it looks more like 0I1, or zero / capital i / one. But on the right (El showing to the boys) the 1's in Eleven's tattoo actually look like 1's. My guess: El's tattoo artist used magic ink from Hogsmeade.

4. are hopper's fists made of steel?

 I mean seriously, the dude knocks out guys like a hangry Mike Tyson. Hop punches out gun-toting members of law enforcement with ease  by himself . My guess: yes, his fists are made of steel, but I also think he keeps   pop-pop's   in between his knuckles for an extra explosive effect, ka-POWZERZ!!

I mean seriously, the dude knocks out guys like a hangry Mike Tyson. Hop punches out gun-toting members of law enforcement with ease by himself. My guess: yes, his fists are made of steel, but I also think he keeps pop-pop's in between his knuckles for an extra explosive effect, ka-POWZERZ!!

5. speaking of which, COULDN'T THERE HAVE BEEN A SLIGHTLY TOUGHER SECURITY GUARD THAN THIS SCRAWNY TWeRP?

 When we first see him he's reading   Cujo   by Stephen King, so we presume that he is mentally tough, but not tough enough to protect a very critical piece of "evidence" during Hopper's exploration for the truth. My guess: it's not even a guess, I know  for sure  they could have found a tougher security guard!! Even Patty from the front desk would've put up a better fight, sheesh.

When we first see him he's reading Cujo by Stephen King, so we presume that he is mentally tough, but not tough enough to protect a very critical piece of "evidence" during Hopper's exploration for the truth. My guess: it's not even a guess, I know for sure they could have found a tougher security guard!! Even Patty from the front desk would've put up a better fight, sheesh.

6. HOW DID STEVE’S friend, tommy, get access to tag the movie theater marquee?

 There are people walking in the area and the paint looks fresh — how'd Tommy manage to pull this off? That height is at least 10-15 feet above ground and even with a boost from Steve it would've been a strenuous task. Tommy does a magnificent job of spraying between the lines, too, while writing across the entire width of the canvas, which looks to be at least 7 feet across. My guess as to how this remarkable feat was accomplished? No fudgin' idea...

There are people walking in the area and the paint looks fresh — how'd Tommy manage to pull this off? That height is at least 10-15 feet above ground and even with a boost from Steve it would've been a strenuous task. Tommy does a magnificent job of spraying between the lines, too, while writing across the entire width of the canvas, which looks to be at least 7 feet across. My guess as to how this remarkable feat was accomplished? No fudgin' idea...

7. WHAT waS THE DOG EATING? waS THAT AN ARM!?

 Oh wait... that's just mystery meat (how appropriate). The Wheeler's love their spam musubi's.

Oh wait... that's just mystery meat (how appropriate). The Wheeler's love their spam musubi's.

8. WHO WAS THAT ASIAN GIRL AT MR. clarke'S HOME?

 Uh duh, she was his hot date on a Saturday night, but like... was she a colleague? a student from a nearby college? Hmm... My guess: she's Jen, founder of the local Hawkins Science Club for Women... and you know Mr. C's got a thang for them high IQ chicks, mm hmm.

Uh duh, she was his hot date on a Saturday night, but like... was she a colleague? a student from a nearby college? Hmm... My guess: she's Jen, founder of the local Hawkins Science Club for Women... and you know Mr. C's got a thang for them high IQ chicks, mm hmm.

9. is there something about duct tape that we should know about?

  duct tape, Duct Tape, DUCT TAPE!!  In the above sequence, when people of the laboratory prepare to explore the Upside Down world, they cut to show the application of duct tape on THREE separate, non-sequential occasions  — is duct tape important? are we supposed to realize something here? were there no other ideas on the montage list? My guess: duct tape was believed to be a secret repellent to the monster, just like   MIAK   was to the freakishly disturbing trolls in 1991's blockbuster hit   Ernest Scared Stupid .

duct tape, Duct Tape, DUCT TAPE!! In the above sequence, when people of the laboratory prepare to explore the Upside Down world, they cut to show the application of duct tape on THREE separate, non-sequential occasions  — is duct tape important? are we supposed to realize something here? were there no other ideas on the montage list? My guess: duct tape was believed to be a secret repellent to the monster, just like MIAK was to the freakishly disturbing trolls in 1991's blockbuster hit Ernest Scared Stupid.

10. how could DUSTIN and lucas GRAB SO MUCH PUDDING but fail to GRAB A SPOON?

 They react as if they just unearthed a limited edition set of Dungeons & Dragons, snatch up two metal trays and start constructing a mountain of chocolate pudding, but... no spoons? Even in the following shot of the pudding, after the FBI agent finds it, there are no spoons, only a few cans that have been opened and abandoned. My guess: Dustin and Lucas figured there was no time to look for a spoon, they were going to risk getting their lips and fingers ripped open by the sharp metal cans, and in return experience the euphoric glory of consuming unlimited chocolate pudding. Besides, if they decided that they  really  needed spoons, they could've kindly asked Eleven to mind-shoot some their way. 

They react as if they just unearthed a limited edition set of Dungeons & Dragons, snatch up two metal trays and start constructing a mountain of chocolate pudding, but... no spoons? Even in the following shot of the pudding, after the FBI agent finds it, there are no spoons, only a few cans that have been opened and abandoned. My guess: Dustin and Lucas figured there was no time to look for a spoon, they were going to risk getting their lips and fingers ripped open by the sharp metal cans, and in return experience the euphoric glory of consuming unlimited chocolate pudding. Besides, if they decided that they really needed spoons, they could've kindly asked Eleven to mind-shoot some their way. 

11. and finally: IS MR WHEELER THE WORST DAD EVER?

 "My son always wants to tell me things, but unless they involve finances or him getting a job, I ain't hearing it. Now how the heck does this darn TV work..."

"My son always wants to tell me things, but unless they involve finances or him getting a job, I ain't hearing it. Now how the heck does this darn TV work..."

 "Why does Karen always shoot me with those laser stare downs? Oh well, the emitting heat helps keep me warm during these cold, lonely winter nights."

"Why does Karen always shoot me with those laser stare downs? Oh well, the emitting heat helps keep me warm during these cold, lonely winter nights."

 "Dinner always ends this way: me, sitting alone, contemplating my life decisions... but hey! I get them paychecks! and that's the only thing that matters."

"Dinner always ends this way: me, sitting alone, contemplating my life decisions... but hey! I get them paychecks! and that's the only thing that matters."

 "My son just survived a monster attack. Instead of consoling him, let me glance at him from a safe distance just in case he contracted some oogie boogie disease. Can't get sick... gotta keep gettin' them paychecks!"

"My son just survived a monster attack. Instead of consoling him, let me glance at him from a safe distance just in case he contracted some oogie boogie disease. Can't get sick... gotta keep gettin' them paychecks!"

 "It's Christmas, and instead of helping my wife with an overly-complex dinner, im just gonna snooze while my hand contaminates this communal bowl of popcorn. And maybe, just maybe, I'll catch a peek of my daughter making-out with her boyfriend, Julio, on the couch across the way."

"It's Christmas, and instead of helping my wife with an overly-complex dinner, im just gonna snooze while my hand contaminates this communal bowl of popcorn. And maybe, just maybe, I'll catch a peek of my daughter making-out with her boyfriend, Julio, on the couch across the way."

Yes, yes he is.