Even if Stranger Things wasn't a great show, it would still be a really cool nostalgia machine. Now that the second season is out on Netflix, fans are trying to figure out all of the easter eggs in Stranger Things 2 – and if you've binged it, you know that's no easy task. Fans of this coming of age sci-fi show love to put together everything from Stranger Things art to fan theories about what’s going to happen in the coming seasons, and now viewers are focused on finding all of the references in season 2 of Stranger Things.
Trying to find all of the Stranger Things hidden references is like trying to trying to defeat the Mind Flayer: you’ll never be able to do it alone. These are some of the funniest, most intriguing, and flat-out coolest references in Stranger Things 2, but there are almost certainly more out there.
The MADMAX Reference Is Right There
Max's Dig Dug screen name, MADMAX, is a reference to the lead character from the rad George Miller movie Mad Max and its sequels.47377Is this clever?
Bob Wants To Move To Maine
Bob's brilliant idea for a fresh start is to move to Maine – you know, the charming state where every Stephen King book takes place. Maybe it's for the best that he was eaten by demodogs.39859Is this clever?
Nancy Burns Will The Same Way Short Round Burns Indiana Jones
In the Season 2 finale, "The Gate," Joyce, Nancy, and Jonathan attempt to purge the Mind Flayer's virus from Will's body by turning up the heat. They surround his body with space heaters and try to sweat the cold-loving monster out of the boy's body. He freaks out and chokes his mom, and Nancy saves the day by burning Will with a hot poker.
This is pretty much exactly what happens in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. If you haven't seen the darkest Indiana Jones film, it ends with Indie being hypnotized by a high priest and almost killing a bunch of kids. He's stopped when his young companion, Short Round, burns him with a torch to shock him out of his trance.30731Is this clever?
The Junkyard Scene Is Full Of Spielberg References
Of course putting Steve, Dustin, Lucas, and Max together makes for one of the greatest scenes of Stranger Things 2. To trap Dart, they construct a bus fortress and prepare to catch the demodog in a ring of fire. What follows is basically a scene from Jaws, during which the kids talk about their lives and expectations while they stare out a window waiting for the monster to appear.
When Dart finally does show up, it's flanked by two other demodogs that act eerily similar to the velociraptors from Jurassic Park – especially when one of them jumps up on Steve.31946Is this clever?