October 28, 2019
Earlier this month we visited Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood.  Featured among this seasonal attraction are haunted houses, or mazes, from some of our favorite TV and film franchises.  The biggest franchise for us is the Stranger Things maze.  While not much changed with this years maze vs. last year's maze, we still found the experience to be very enjoyable.   We also enjoyed mazes themed for Ghostbusters, Jordan Peele's "Us," Frankenstein vs. the Wolf Man, Pandora's Box, Holidayz in Hell, and we enjoyed some delicious Stranger Things themed food! The best part of all was spending the day with Katrina, one of our podcast listeners! We spent the next couple of days at Disneyland with podcast listeners Jeremiah, JJ, Blake, and Rachel.  While no Stranger Things tie-ins could be found at Disney, we still spend time discussing our time at those parks and the fun times we shared with listeners.
August 26, 2019
Eleven is weak. The parasite inside her leg is making things worse. They have to get it out. Jonathan springs into action and finds a knife. The small creature burrows deeper into her tissue. Eleven pushes through the pain and takes control of the situation. She uses her mental might to rip the tiny terror from her flesh. Can they all live happily ever after now? Unfortunately, no, this is only the prelude to the battle to come.
August 19, 2019
Did you hear that? Was that the fireworks? Billy said the Monster can see Eleven. I think he is right and it has found the kids! Seconds later the creature’s vast tentacles burst through the walls of the cabin. El uses her considerable power to push the Mind Flayer back over and over. Her friends fight to help her. They shoot and chop at the vicious thing. Ultimately they succeed and the Monster retreats but not before it manages to take a bite.
August 11, 2019
E Pluribus Unum. Out of many one. Powerful is the Monster’s influence. Pulling all those that are infected towards the source. Countless innocent residents of Hawkins giving their lives to the Mind Flayer, as many become one. We must put our hope in the few that understand what consequences reopening the gate will bring.
August 4, 2019
This is a code red. I repeat a code red. There are innocent children trapped by Russian soldiers under Star Court Mall. That’s right under this completely innocent shopping establishment is a secret Russian base. What is lurking underneath the oblivious shoppers of Hawkins? Does it have anything to do with the Upside Down?
July 28, 2019
Some like it hot. The Mind Flayer does not. Eleven is worried that there is something wrong with Billy. Max says wrong is Billy’s default setting, but El can’t get what happened out of her mind. She closed the gate. There should not be any monsters left in Hawkins. Something still seems off. As dawn breaks Lucas is calling a code red. Maybe Eleven is right. Strange things continue in this town.
July 21, 2019
Have you seen Heather? She’s a lifeguard at the Hawkins pool. She didn’t show up for her shift today. Come to think of it Billy isn’t there either. Perhaps they are “sick” together? Their fate is concerning but it’s far from the strangest thing to happen in this town.
July 14, 2019
Billy is running for his life. He makes it to a payphone and dials 911. Before he can answer the operator his world is turned upside down. Literally Billy is taken to a dark mirror dimension. He is screaming for answers when he is faced with his doppelgänger. This made me wonder. Does the monster not only have the power to possess a body but also take the form of someone that you trust? If it wants Billy to bend to its will it must earn his trust.
July 7, 2019
It is June 28th 1984. What is going on here? I thought the government shut the lab down! Wait! Our government is not in charge here. The fears of Dr. Owens and Murray Bauman are being realized. Russians know about the Upside Down. What are they doing? They clearly don’t understand what will happen if they succeed in tearing open a hole between dimensions. Has the Upside Down spread far enough to become a global problem?
July 2, 2019
It's almost time for Stranger Things 3! On this episode of The Stranger Things Podcast Addi, Darrell, Blake, Chris, Adam, and Bradley discuss season 2 of Stranger Things. They discuss the season episode by episode. With Stranger Things 3 coming soon, they share their predictions and hopes for season 3, along with unanswered questions from season 2. They share their favorite moments and favorite episode of the season.
June 17, 2019
Are you ready for Stranger Things season 3? In this episode of The Stranger Things Podcast, Darrell, Addi, Bradley, Chris, Adam, and Beth recap season one of Stranger Things. Darrell gives a short summary of the episode then they talk about notable moments of each episode then answer a few questions, such as “what’s your favorite episode?” And “what unanswered questions do you have?”
May 31, 2019
Yottalogical (aka Adam), and Bradley join Addi and Darrell to discuss the music in Stranger Things. They talk about the music created by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein and also the pop music featured in both seasons of the show. They discuss different facts and topics related to the music of this Netflix series. They go into a discussion about season one and season two individually.
April 30, 2019
We almost needed a bigger podcast to talk about all the connections between Jaws and Stranger Things! Addi, Darrell, and guest host Bradley, discuss the 1970 film Jaws. They share their thoughts about the film and how it ties into Stranger Things. Bradley shares amazing ties into Stranger Things and Jaws. Darrell pays a short tribute to David Ward.
March 31, 2019
Poltergeist left an indelible mark on the 80's and certainly still bears relevancy today. On this episode of The Stranger Things Podcast, Addi, Darrell, and Bradley talk about another movie that influenced Stranger Things: Poltergeist. For the news segment, they discuss the Stranger Things 3 trailer and all the details that come with it. They discuss their favorite parts of the trailer and the film, and their memories of the first time seeing the movie.
February 28, 2019
Featured prominently in Stranger Things, this month Cory joins Addi and Darrell to discuss John Carpenters classic thriller, The Thing. They kick things off with news and rumors and general information about the movie. Then the three of them discuss their memories from the first time seeing the film and their favorite scenes of the movie. They wrap things up with fun facts about The Thing and listener feedback. Lastly, they announce next episode’s movie will be Poltergeist and don’t forget to stay strange! In our news section we reveal an upcoming book called Stranger Things: Darkness on the Edge of Town by Adam Christopher. We talk about a new Stranger Things prequel comic that will introduce us to test subject Six. And for all you board game fans, we're soon to be greeted with a special Stranger Things edition of Trivial Pursuit!
January 31, 2019
What do Firestarter and Stranger Things have in common? A powerful little girl, bad guys trying to do experiments, and both happened to be reviewed on The Stranger Things Podcast. Darrell, Addi, and Beth talk about Firestarter, how it ties into Stranger Things, their favorite moments in the movie, memories from the first time watching the firm, and more. One common favorite moment was the destruction scene at the end of the movie.
December 30, 2018
One of the most popular 80s movies, The Goonies, plays a major role in inspiration for Stranger Things. The film stars Corey Feldman, Anne Ramsey, and Sean Astin. In this episode of The Stranger Things Podcast, Darrell, Addi, and guest-host Faith discuss this iconic 80s movie, including talking about favorite scenes, memories from the first time watching the movie, and talking about how it relates to Stranger Things. They also share listener feedback, and news about Stranger Things.  
November 30, 2018
Regarded as one of the best sequels ever made, Aliens also serves as one of the main influences of Stranger Things. As we continue our series looking at the movies that inspired Stranger Things, we turn to fellow Golden Spiral Media host, Corey Meltcalfe to help make the journey to LV-426. We discuss our favorite moments from the film, memories from the first time each of us watched it, fun facts about the film, and of course, how it ties into Stranger Things. We also share their listener feedback as well as telling news about things related to Stranger Things. Some of our favorite moments include Ripley’s and Newt’s moments together, Ripley vs. the alien queen, and when Ripley decides to go back for Newt.
October 31, 2018
You may not have noticed all of the ways Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom influenced Stranger Things, but there are many nods to the Spielberg classic if you have a keen eye. As we continue our look at the films that inspired Stranger Things, Addi, Darrell, and guest-host listeners Blake and JJ talk about the 1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. For the first time in TSTP history, listeners join in to guest-host the show. A scene that was a common favorite with this group of hosts are the mine cart chase scene, but there were other various fight scenes that were well-liked. They also talk about their memories from first seeing the film. They talk about facts about Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and how the film ties in to Stranger Things.
October 1, 2018
Addi, Darrell, and guest host Jeremiah, discuss the 1977 film Close Encounters of the Third Kind.  Jeremiah watched the film as a kid, but Addi and Darrell just recently watched it. They share their thoughts about the film and how it ties into Stranger Things. Darrell pays a short tribute to David Ward. They talk about news items relating to Stranger Things including Universal Studios Stranger Things Halloween maze is open.
August 10, 2018
David Ward from the Don't Blink podcast joins us for this episode of The Stranger Things Podcast as we discuss the 1984 film Ghostbusters. David is a fan of Ghostbusters and cosplays as a ghostbuster (as well of other characters from other movies and shows). They talk about news, including some new revelations from Shawn Levy and David Harbour about season 3, and an exciting announcement from McFarlane Toys featuring the Stranger Things kids figures in their Ghostbusters uniforms. Read More...
June 21, 2018
Joined by Jeremiah Panhorst, Addi and Darrell, talk about the classic 1984 movie, Gremlins. They talk about the connections between Gremlins and Stranger Things. Some topics discussed are news, fun facts about Gremlins, how Stranger Things and Gremlins are related, memories from watching Gremlins for the first time, and favorite moments from the movie. Read More...
May 28, 2018
Stranger Things creators The Duffer Brothers have found inspiration from many films from the 80's, and perhaps none have been more influential than E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. In this episode of TSTP, join Addi, Darrell, and John as they talk about the connections between Stranger Things and E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. This is the first episode of a series where we'll be watching movies that inspired Stranger Things. Some topics discussed are news, fun facts about E.T., how Stranger Things and E.T. are rela
April 15, 2018
On April 6, 7, and 8, over 60,000 sci-fi, anime, gaming, and comic fans descended on the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in downtown Dallas for Fan Expo Dallas. We were among them. For us, the biggest draw for this convention were the three stars from Stranger Things, Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas), and Sadie Sink (Max). Addi had prepared to cosplay as Eleven from Stranger Things season 1, and I would be cosplaying as season 1 Dustin. We take a look at Fan Expo Dallas while ask
April 9, 2018
Fan Expo Dallas 2018 was filled with many current top TV & Film stars, as well as quite a few stars from our favorite movies and TV shows of yesterday. Of course, none made us more excited to attend Fan Expo Dallas than Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), Sadie Sink (Max), and Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas). Moderated by Aaron Sagers, the three stars didn't disappoint. Read More...
March 31, 2018
Not only did Netflix give us a fantastic sophomore season to Stranger Things, they gave us a companion show, "Beyond Stranger Things," to go with it. Hosted by Jim Rash, the 7 episode show contains a lot of fun, insightful, and interesting moments from the Duffer Brothers, director Shawn Levy, and stars Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, Caleb McLaughlin, Joe Keery, Millie Bobby Brown, Natalia Dyer, Brett Gelman, Gaten Matarazzo, Sean Astin, Paul Reiser, and David Harbor. In this episode, Addi and Darrell share some
February 27, 2018
Joining us today are Karen and John from the Maid of Steel Podcast! We take a look back at Stranger Things 2 and get their perspective on quite a few things including the new characters, "The Lost Sister," season 3 predictions, and Barb's death. Read More...
December 27, 2017
It has been 353 days since Eleven has seen her friends. Mike called to her each and every night. The reunion is sweet but the joy is short lived. Will is getting weaker and the Demo-dogs are still prowling around. Mike is angry at Hopper for keeping Eleven isolated. Hopper explains that he was protecting her and keeping everyone else safe. In this moment I realized how much the kids lean on Joyce and Hopper because the other adults don’t have a clue what is going on. Read More...
December 18, 2017
Jim Hopper stares in horror as the Demo-dog climbs out of the abyss. Dr. Owens says the creature cannot get through the glass but he is wrong. The demo-dog roars to his friends and together they break through and enter the lab. Dr. Owens sounds the alarm but it’s too late. The attack has begun! They are plunged into darkness as the power goes out and the Demo-dogs obtain free reign of the lab. Read more...
December 11, 2017
Eleven is traumatized by what she sees in Terry’s dream loop. Mama wants her to find the other girl in the rainbow room. Becky kept all the files that Terry collected of the missing children. Terry always believed that this conspiracy was bigger then just her daughter. The channel Eight news is playing on the television. Eleven goes to lay down and focus on the picture she found in her mother’s file. In her dream she finds what she is looking for. Eleven rushes to share her discovery with Becky and find
December 4, 2017
There is a spy in our midst and it looking to take down the town of Hawkins from the inside. Will is being rushed to the lab. His temperature has spiked to 106. He is screaming that he feels burning everywhere. Unable to contact his friends, Dustin finds an unlikely ally in Steve. Armed with the nail bat they go to investigate the cellar. What they find is very worrisome. Dart has shed his skin again and escaped into the tunnels. read more...
November 27, 2017
Will is suffering the effects of his “now memories”. He tells Mike that at first the Shadow Monster was in the back of his mind like thoughts from a half remembered dream. Now the monster is in the Upside Down and here. Mike does his best to support his friend. Mike tells Will to use the monster’s invasion of his mind to their advantage. Mike says Will can be a Super Spy. He can gather intelligence to contribute to the monster’s demise. read more...
November 20, 2017
After discovering that there isn’t an AV Club meeting Joyce rushes to Hawkins Middle School to see what is really going on. When she arrives she finds Will in a trance like state. Joyce screams at her son to try to snap him out of it. Inside his mind Will is facing the Shadow Monster in the Upside Down and he is not winning. The creature invades Will’s body! read more...
November 13, 2017
Dustin caught something in his ghost trap but it is certainly not a ghost. His mom is very suspicious of Dustin’s skittish behavior. After evicting his turtle from its aquarium it is revealed that Dustin has captured a small slug like creature. Good news it likes Halloween candy and Dustin has plenty of that. read more...
November 6, 2017
The episode opens with Eleven in the Upside Down yelling for Mike. At the end of a hallway she notices a light. There is a hole covered in a slimy substance that She realizes she can stick her hand through. She concentrates and uses her special gift to make the hole bigger so she may pass through. She has done it. Eleven has escaped the Upside Down. Unfortunately her problems have just begun. In a weakened state she makes her way back to the Wheeler house. read more...
October 30, 2017
It is October 28 1984. President Reagan is running for re-election and Hawkins is preparing for Halloween. Will Byers is home but things are still strange around here. Murray wants to talk to Hopper. He is worried about Russian spies and some girl who stole waffles after breaking the freezer case with her mind. Read More...
October 23, 2017
This week we have tons of news about new Stranger Things merchandise, games, clothing, and more! Addi and Darrell share some listener feedback, talk about their hopes and predictions of season 2, give information about the contest, and Addi shares her Meme of the Week. Addi and Darrell play a game, and Addi is the ‘’contestant.’’ They talk about some of the cool Stranger Things merchandise they found at Target and the Target website, since most of the items weren’t displayed yet in-store. Addi als
October 2, 2017
Join Addi and Darrell as they talk about their trip to San Diego Comic Con. In this episode they talk about their overall experience at SDCC 2017 including the Netflix booth, Netflix experience, cool merchandise they got, Funko Pop characters, and cosplayers. They also talk about their vacation day in San Diego. Read More...
August 10, 2017
As the final episode of season one begins, we meet up again with Joyce and Hopper in the lab. Hopper, being good at getting what he wants, gets Joyce and they go explore the upside down, to look for Will. At the Byers’ house, Nancy and Jonathan are finishing up the preparation for killing the demogorgon when Steve comes along and tries to fix everything with Jonathan, but finds Nancy there and starts wondering what’s going on. The demogorgon comes and Steve leaves the house. Back at the school, Dustin a
August 2, 2017
With the first season of Stranger Things drawing to a close, the excitement and drama are ramping up on the show and the podcast. In our discussion of "The Bathtub," we draw parallels with Staranger Things and ET, discuss the character development with some of the main characters, speculate a-plenty, and even toss in a bonus meme for your viewing pleasure! Read More...
July 26, 2017
In this episode of stranger things we travel through a tree trunk to reveal a place of decay with a creepy monster. Nancy discovers more information about this…thing while Hopper and Joyce go off to find a lady named Terry Ives. Eleven, being as awesome as she is, walks into a store and walks right out with some boxes of Eggos. Lucas goes off by himself and finds where the gate is and Nancy and Jonathan get….bear traps. Steve and Jonathan get in a fight. Dustin and Mike try to find Eleven but instead ru
July 19, 2017
In this chapter of Stranger Things we learn a lot of information about the upside down and how to get there, Joyce’s ex-husband, and Jonathan and Nancy’s family stories. Hopper sneaks into the lab, gets caught, but then gets away. Lonnie, Joyce’s ex-husband tries to comfort Joyce. The boys learn more about the upside down. A funeral for Will is shown. Hopper finds out that the lab people bugged his house. Jonathan and Nancy continue working together. At the funeral reception, Mr. Clarke e
July 12, 2017
Join Addi and Darrell as they talk about Stranger Things "Chapter 4: The Body," where we see Mike skipping school, the boys giving El a makeover, A lab worker go in the crack in the wall but not come back out, and Jonathan and Nancy working together thanks to Jonathan’s photos. Read More...
July 5, 2017
Joyce continues to figure out more information about the disappearance of her son Will, Barb is trapped in a mysterious place, and we learn some very interesting information about Eleven via flashback. Read More...
June 28, 2017
We're taking a look at Stranger Things Chapter 3: The Weirdo on Maple Street. From The Twilight Zone to The Evil Dead and Jaws, there are some significant connections to other great cinema pieces in this episode. We share our thoughts on what this episode teaches us about Eleven, speculate on Will whereabouts, discuss some of the funnier moments of the episode, and share some very insightful listener feedback! Read More...
June 22, 2017
November 6th 1983. Hawkins, Indiana. In the pilot episode of Stranger Things, we encounter a mysterious lab, a great group of kids, a monster, and a girl with superpowers. With the disappearance of Will Byers, we find out there is more to the little town of Hawkins than expected. Read More...
June 20, 2017
Welcome to The Stranger Things Podcast! Join us as we journey through the mysterious happenings of Hawkins, Indiana and the Netflix original series, Stranger Things. The Stranger Things Podcast pairs the father-daughter duo of Darrell and Addi Darnell. Our approach to the podcast will be unique. Addi is a Stranger Things super fan. She's seen the show multiple times, active on Stranger Things social media websites, loves to talk about Stranger Things with her friends, and is about the same
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