Episode 5 of Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 left us with the chilling image of the gooey monster in the hospital hallway with Nancy and Jonathan. Episode 6 picks up from right there and if you were expecting narrative respite, there is none. The protagonists are hard on the trail of the aliens now, be it from the Upside Down or from mother Russia. With only two more episodes to go, it does not look like the Duffer brothers are going to ease up.
However, there are some new character dynamics like the clique including Hopper, Joyce, Alexei, and Murray. Their scenes include some sharp and funny scriptwriting, which comes as a relief when compared to the looming threat of the monster. I believe they could give the Starcourt Squad a run for their money when it comes to humor and rapport.
Titled ‘E Pluribus Unum’ which means ‘out of many, one’, and which happens to be the motto of the USA, this episode has set the stage for the final fireworks to take place in the season. The title literally ties in with the theme of this episode, and since it happens during the Fourth of July celebrations, we can expect the final action to unfurl at the fair that Mayor Klines has organized for the people of Hawkins.
As I said, the biggest worry was whether Nancy and Jonathan would make it alive out of the hospital after being trapped with the creature. However, the creature seemed to be more interested in Nancy who got a good thrashing from this monster, I might add. Just when it looked like Nancy was running out of time and Jonathan could not do anything, El and her friends intervened. In one of the most spectacular sequences yet, El gave the monster a good flinging with one hand, before using her powers to literally fling the monster out of the hospital.
Meanwhile, it seems like our Russian Terminator is not such a good tracker after all, because he leans on Kline to help in finding Hopper, and subsequently Alexei. Meanwhile, we see Alexei helping Hopper and Joyce understand what the Russians are doing. Their motivations are now clear. They have a key to open a gate to another world (Upside Down), and while they have many keys in Russia, Hawkins is the ideal location because the gate has been opened here once, already. Acting on this information, Hopper calls in the cavalry to try and deal with the Russians.