Brochachos, hold on to your butts because Stranger Things season 4 volume 1 is here! Fans have been waiting nearly three years for new episodes of the addictive sci-fi drama, and now it’s finally here. The first seven episodes of the highly anticipated season were released in the early hours of May 27, and let me just say that they were well worth the wait.
This is by far the most exciting season, with more thrills, terror, and dramatic moments. I don’t want to give anything away too soon, but this season of Stranger Things could be my favorite yet. It’s just incredible!
Below, we recap the first seven episodes of Stranger Things season 4, explaining all you need to know.
Stranger Things Season 4 Recap
The Hellfire Club is the first chapter.
It begins in 1979, four years before the events of the first season of Stranger Things. Dr. Martin Brenner (Matthew Modine) is working at the Hawkins lab on a juvenile patient he refers to as Ten. Ten is having nightmares about a slaughter.
Brenner looks into the following: Children who have died, shattered glass, and blown-out doors. Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), fuming and pouring with blood, looks to be the culprit. “Can you tell me what you’ve done?” Brenner inquires. What precisely has she done? It appears that the Eleven we’ve come to know over the last several seasons has a darker past than we previously suspected.
Vecna’s Curse (Chapter 2)
In episode 2, we finally learn how Hopper escaped the Starcourt Mall explosion from season 3! We see Hop jump out of the way just before everything is about to blow up in a flashback sequence from his “death.” He ends up on the earth rather than the Upside Down.
The Monster and the Superhero (Chapter 3)
During his dismissal from the Hawkins lab following the Starcourt debacle, Paul Reiser’s Owens reappears in “The Monster and the Superhero,” when Lt. Colonel Sullivan (Sherman Augustus) lands a chopper on the disgraced scientist’s front yard, accusing him of assisting Eleven.
Eleven is the source of the atrocities occurring in Hawkins, according to Sullivan, an agent of hidden military powers. Owens, on the other hand, believes Eleven may be the answer to the town’s problems. Owens and his men in black intercept her on the road after she is arrested and sent to juvie for taking a skate to Angela’s nose.
They’ve devised a strategy. It entails assisting Eleven in regaining her latent powers, something he feels he can accomplish even better than previously. “What if I’m not up to the task?” Eleven inquires. “What if I’m the monster?” says the narrator. That question, I’m sure, will loom over the rest of the season.
“Dear Billy” is the fourth episode of Stranger Things season four.
This is a pivotal episode for the season! It begins with a number of Dr. Owens’ colleagues dropping by Byers’s residence to inform the boys about Eleven’s situation… sort of.
They essentially provide them with the bare minimum of information, which irritates them greatly. Two operatives are assigned to the group to keep an eye on them and ensure that they do not attempt to travel to Hawkins or locate Eleven.
At school, Robin and Nancy rejoin the group, and Max reveals her link to Vecna’s victims. Based on the chronology of Chrissy and Fred’s deaths, she believes she will die tomorrow. The gang discusses how the Upside Down may have existed for millions of years without anybody knowing, and why Vecna would strike now.
The Nina Project (Chapter 5)
We’ve seen snippets of Eleven’s existence at the Hawkins lab, but never a full description of the experiments that transformed her into a superhuman.
Now that we’ve seen four seasons of the show, it’s time to learn more about what she and “Papa” Brenner were up to in those bleak, antiseptic corridors. By the way, he’s back, and not just in a flashback. The wounds on his face show that he is still alive, having survived his confrontation with the Demogorgon from season one.
Eleven feels deceived by Brenner, who she still fears. Owens makes it appear as if she’s among friends as he takes her to the facility he built beneath the desert. He claims she’s a superstar here, pointing out that the white-coated scientists that line the corridors have sacrificed their lives in service to her potential.
“The Dive” is the sixth episode of Stranger Things season four.
When the officers arrive at Rick’s, they discover Patrick in Jason’s arms. They interrogate Jason, but they don’t pay attention to what he has to say. They continue to blame Eddie for everything, but Jason claims that Eddie was only a vessel who made a bargain with the devil. He believes D&D is really harmful. The officers go out on the lake to find Eddie and investigate what occurred.
The Massacre at Hawkins Lab (Chapter 7)
Eleven’s excursion back into her memories is sure to divide viewers; we receive some intriguing backstory, but her challenges appear repetitious and, to borrow a phrase from Brenner, “regressive,” at least on a narrative level when prolonged across three episodes.
The most intriguing aspect of these moments has been Peter’s love for Eleven, which comes to a climax when he informs her that Two and his gang of bullies intend to kill her. Worse, Brenner wants it to happen – he’s been working on it – because he knows he won’t be able to control her. As a result, he wants to assist her in escaping.