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.
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.
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
In a pretty obvious homage to The Empire Strikes Back, Kali coaches Eleven through moving an immense object – in this case, a rusty old train car. It's a cool image, and a big moment for El, but it's completely rushed. Kali basically says, "Hey, get mad," and Eleven can suddenly move gigantic objects around. This sudden expansion of her powers deserves more weight.
Viewers know that Eleven will return to Hawkins and save the day. They know that whatever revenge-fueled temptation Kali can offer will be no match for the power of friendship. Sure, Kali gives Eleven the tools she needs to harness her powers and use them to their fullest extent, but there probably could have been a more Hawkins-centric way to do this. There are no stakes to this episode.