The second season of Stranger Things had some exhilarating highs and ended on a truly terrifying note that is bound to have the Internet speculating about what's in store for Season 3. Steve comes into his own as the kids' babysitter. Will manages to overcome yet another horrifying Upside Down experience. Joyce and Hopper cozily share cigarettes. Eleven and Mike even figure out how to dance!
All that was pretty spectacular. But there's one weak point of Stranger Things 2: "The Lost Sister." No doubt about it, episode 7 of Stranger Things is the worst. If you found yourself feeling a little let down by this chapter, detailing Eleven's journey to Chicago, you're not alone. Almost the entirety of the Internet agrees it's the show's lowest point. Here are all the reasons why Stranger Things episode 7 was a disappointment.
It's The Weakest Episode Of The Entire Series
Stranger Things debuted pretty much fully formed. From the pilot, viewers understand what the show is all about: '80s nostalgia and some creepy creature effects. "The Lost Sister," though, is incredibly different – and that makes it stand out, in a bad way. A lot of viewers claimed it was the very bottom of the barrel for the typically beloved series – or even the worst episode of television they'd ever seen, period:
I think we can all agree that "The Lost Sister" is officially the worst episode of Stranger Things ever— Mae�� (@MaeRenaldo) October 28, 2017
Season 2 Episode 7 of Stranger Things might actually be the worst episode of a TV series I've ever witnessed.— Russ McClure (@RussMcClure88) October 29, 2017
It Slows Down The Momentum Of The Season
Episode 6 most definitely has every viewer frantically clicking through to the next installment. The demodogs are heading straight for Hawkins Lab! What kind of hell will they unleash? Well, everyone has to wait another 50-odd minutes to find out how that turns out, because they're taking a detour to Chicago. "The Lost Sister" feels especially weak because it comes at such an awkward time in the season.
Kali's Groupies Are Lame Stereotypes
Kali herself is a fairly decent character; she reads like what Eleven could become should she let herself be consumed by revenge. Kali's gang, however, are pretty lame.
The most cringe-worthy of the lot has to be the mohawk-sporting punk dude, flicking his switchblade around, constantly calling Eleven "Shirley." He's followed by the Cyndi Lauper-looking girl with next to no lines. All of them read like a Kidz Bop version of The Warriors.
It Feels Like A Completely Different Show
One of the most glaring issues with "The Lost Sister" is that it just doesn't feel like an episode of Stranger Things. If Eleven wasn't there, you'd be totally forgiven for thinking Netflix had accidentally inserted a random episode of some '80s-themed teen mutant show from the SyFy channel in there. From the whole new setting to the unfamiliar characters, the whole outing seems out of place.