[S3E1] Strangers On A Plane
Dwayne looks different and Whitley likes the improvement! On the plane back to Hillman after summer vacation, Whitley runs into Dwayne wearing a fancy suit and looking fabulous. Impressed with the new, improved Dwayne, she makes a play for him. Once they're back on campus, she continues putting the moves on him. Of course it's not long before Dwayne's back on familiar ground and back to the old familiar Dwayne. Gone are the hot suit and stylin' looks Whitley fell for on the plane. Also gone are Whitley's dashing fantasies that Dwayne might be the appropriate one for her!
[S3E1] Strangers on a Plane
In 2016, Schur had an account on Twitter but not Facebook or Instagram, as "there's a bunch of strangers talking shit about you in there", and Jones expressed a similarly negative attitude, stating "I do have very strong, very conflicted feelings about rating systems and social media." Brooker notes that "you are rewarded for having a more extreme opinion" on social media; in the episode, as on the internet, almost all ratings given are either one or five stars. Similarly, Schur opines that social media causes people to exaggerate their behaviour, particularly their rudeness. Jones believes that the episode, as with all Black Mirror episodes, "pushes you into the near future", while Schur considers it to be more of a "parallel reality". Brooker has described the episode as "like a cross between Pleasantville and The Truman Show". Jones says the belief that "women are taught to be liked, and men are taught to be powerful", credited to Sheryl Sandberg, is relevant to the episode, with Schur agreeing that Lacie's gender is important to the story, though Schur notes that edited images on social media are causing negative body image issues for men as well.
The Unknown Trio move in unison when they want to, suggesting that they are in balance with the Oneness on a regular basis, having suppressed their Will to the point of self-actualization/sainthood/transcendence. Or that they are psychic. Or both of those things. Transcendent beings, having left the boundaries of individuality and the demands of the Will behind, have powers the rest of us lack. They live on a different plane of existence, even when they still inhabit their physical bodies.
In the pilot script, Steve Harrington was written as "the biggest douchebag on the planet," going so far as to rape Nancy Wheeler (played by Natalia Dyer). The character changed when actor Joe Keery turned out to be "much more likable and charming than the Duffer Brothers (Matt Duffer & Ross Duffer) originally had envisioned."
The Demogorgon, according to Dragon Magazine, is considered the most powerful villain in the first edition of Advanced Dungeons and Dragons. It rules as a Demon Prince of the Abyss, an ever-changing plane of chaotic evil.
The episode titles are homages to old horror classics. Chapter Two (Stranger Things: Chapter Two: The Weirdo on Maple Street (2016)): The Weirdo on Maple Street, is a clear reference to Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone (1959) classic, The Twilight Zone: The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street (1960) (Season 1, episode 22.) In the episode, a group of neighbors descend into paranoia and murder after they gradually become convinced that aliens/monsters are invading their neighborhood during a power outage. The irony of course is that they themselves are the monsters on Maple Street. The final reveal is of two actual aliens nearby, manipulating the power on the street and commenting that alone was enough to cause humans to turn against each other, and that to conquer the planet all they needed to do was allow humans to turn on themselves. The title may also be a reference to Stephen King's short story "The House On Maple Street." Chapter Four (Stranger Things: Chapter Four: The Body (2016)): The Body. One of the most straight out references in the series. This is the name of the Stephen King novella on which the movie Stand by Me (1986) was based. It is the story of four friends who set out in search of a dead boy the same age as them, just as the four here go in search of Will (Noah Schnapp). Many scenes in the episode parallel Stand by Me. Of special note is when the children walk along the railroad tracks talking together (the two in front engaged in lighthearted bickering, the two in rear much more serious and somber, just as in the movie), and also when they hide out in the local junk yard. Chapter Seven (Stranger Things: Chapter Seven: The Bathtub (2016)): The Bathtub, reminisces of the famous bathtub sequence in The Shining (1980). The plot device of a sensory deprivation tank was also used in 80's horror classic, Altered States (1980)--Drew Barrymore's (Firestarter (1984)) film debut, the character Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) is lovingly based on. Also, the water scenes are reminiscent of some of the scenes in early episodes of the Fox television series Fringe (2008), when actress Anna Torv's character goes in the "tub" to try to channel info.
The Demogorgon is an actual Dungeons and Dragons monster. He is featured in several stories as the prince of demons. By contrast, the "veil of shadows" isn't a real place. Its closest counterpart is Shadowfell, a plane connected to the material world that resembles it, but is populated by undead and evil creatures. Earlier versions of Dungeons and Dragons featured a 'Demiplane of Shadow' or 'Plane of Shadow' which was a twisted, dark version of the material world it surrounded.
And if dealing with your child's vomit in the confines of a plane cabin is bad enough, factor in a stranger with a ritzy handbag and you're looking at a recipe for disaster - and a moral dilemma.
Stranger Things pays homage to Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, the second installment in the franchise. The film starts with Indy, Willie, and Shorty fleeing Shanghai on a cargo plane. The pilots, who work for the enemy, parachute out of the plane while the gang is asleep, dumping out the fuel. Rather than attempting to fly the plane, Indy and his friends use a life raft to parachute out of the falling plane and land in the snowy mountains of the Himalayas, in the middle of nowhere.
Much like Indy, Joyce (Winona Ryder) and Murray find themselves on Yuri's (Nikola Đuričko) cargo plane en route to Russia when Murray knocks Yuri out. Unlike Indy, Joyce and Murray attempt to land the plane, resulting in a non-fatal crash in the snowy Russian mountains in the middle of nowhere. Joyce and Murray's sense of adventure infused with humor is also reminiscent of an Indy adventure.
Due to the events that took place on September 11th, 2001, planes were rerouted. In the small town of Gander, Newfoundland, which is located in Canada, there were approximately 38 planes that seated an estimated 7,000 passengers.
Although the musical is about those 7,000 passengers, 38 planes and 1 story, it mainly focuses on one plane in particular, whose original route was from Paris to Dallas. From there, we are introduced to a main group of passengers, whose stories impact us and create a very touching tale.
Inside this particular plane, we are introduced to one pilot, Captain Beverly Bass, who is the third female captain for American Airlines. Her story, detailing her side of events from that historical day, is quite remarkable.
Jonas wakes up, and is still in the bunker, but the wallpaper has been replaced by weapons and a wall with photos of people connected by string. He takes a gander at the four interconnected families, and a string that connects him to the stranger, his adult self. He goes outside to a war zone, staring at signs saying "Caution, Radiation, Restricted area." Soldiers approach him and tell him to put his hands up and lie on the ground. All wear face masks. He asks what year is it, and a futuristic war plane flies overhead. A woman soldier named Silja, gun in hand, tells him "Welcome to the future" and shoves the gun to his face, knocking him out.
During nighttime, he was walking through the forest, avoiding the war plane by hiding by trees. He finds a crawl space on the wall of the dead zone and continues through it. He ventures in the derelict Nuclear Plant, trying, and his Geiger starts beeping. He finally reaches a bent door, where two chemical protective suits are hung. The Geiger was beeping madly, and "Sic Mundus Creatus Est" was scratched on the wall. He puts on one of the suits, and found the shocking blob known as the God Particle.
Jonas asks Tannhaus if it is possible to change the course of events, but Tannhaus says any scientist would say no, because causal determinism forbids it. Human nature, of course, requires that we believe our actions can change things. He says he used to dream about travelling to the past or the future, but then his dream changed, realizing his place is in the here and now. Jonas continues that in the book, Tannhaus wrote that the number 33 might represent the difference between the planes of a three-dimensional wormhole. Tannhaus thinks that might be the crux of the matter.
With Leanne (Nell Tiger Free) making sure Aunt Josephine (Barbara Sukowa) was burnt to a crisp, she is now a complete enemy of the Church of the Lesser Christ. She still has nightmares of the past and it translates to how she feels about her present. She's anxious when the door opens, she's threatened by new faces and she's suspicious of any strangers around the house. Her relationship with Julian (Rupert Grint), despite "the good sex", is sailing in troubled waters and she always has Uncle George's dagger under her pillow.
Jack Ryan lands in the states and is met by Greer at the plane. He informs Jack that Elizabeth, transitioning from a typical bureaucrat to an unexpected ally, has been grounded to desk duty. They both comment on how they owe her. One, for not turning Greer in for aiding Jack when he had a red notice over his head, the other for covering for Jack as he pursued the bomb. 041b061a72