Why Stranger Issues' Eleven Is the Feminist Hero We Want Proper Now

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(Warning, spoilers forward for Stranger Issues season two, which premiered on Friday, October 27.)

“I am a fighter.” 

When Stranger Issues debuted in 2016, it was clear that the breakout character was Eleven, performed with a quiet depth by a then 11-year-old Millie Bobby Brown. Although she barely spoke, you felt your self leaning in at any time when the psychokinetic pre-teen appeared on-screen. And in season two, Eleven got here of age earlier than our eyes, and it was a journey we actually wanted proper now. 

That is the story of a woman who took again management of her life from a person intent on controlling her for his personal private acquire. That story couldn’t be any timelier, given the leisure trade’s latest scandal involving the numerous sexual assault allegations in opposition to mega-producer Harvey Weinstein, and the domino impact of ladies coming ahead with their very own tales through the years.

Once we meet up with Eleven in season two (Spoiler alert: She did not die. Duh.), she is as soon as once more answering to a person of authority, no less than to start with. In a flashback in episode two, we be taught Hopper (David Harbour), who was seen leaving a field of Eggos on the finish of season one, took Eleven in, hiding her out in his previous household cabin tucked away within the woods, giving her a house, a TV, a way of safety, and a freezer stuffed with Eggos.

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They developed a quasi-father-daughter relationship, however nonetheless, Eleven was listening to a person ready of energy; simply wait, he instructed her. It isn’t secure, he instructed the younger woman able to killing males with a flick of her head. It’s essential hearken to me, he stated. “We’re not silly.”

In contrast to Dr. Brenner (Matthew Modine), her “Papa,” Hopper had one of the best intentions when it got here to holding Eleven within the small cabin, with solely All My Youngsters‘s Erica Kane to maintain her firm as he spent nearly a yr coping with the fallout of Will’s return and the Upside Down turning life in Hawkins the wrong way up. 

And like several younger woman on the cusp on puberty, Eleven is stressed, cooped up, determined to see the boy she has a crush on, determined for any human interplay. When she breaks down after Hopper learns she left the home and was scene, we do not simply see her anguish, we really feel it.

The fully Eleven-centric seventh episode, “The Misplaced Sister,” gave us the insurrection and realization (oh, and punk makeover) we so desperately needed. Eleven heads to Pittsburgh to hunt out her “sister,” Roman (aka Eight, performed by Linnea Berthelsen), one other younger girl whose life was ruined by Dr. Brenner. She joins her band of misfit thieves, intent on looking for revenge on behalf of her mama.

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However when given the chance to kill one of many males accountable for stunning her mom right into a vegetable, for taking away her probability at a standard childhood and creating her in a lab, for simply what he was requested to do, Eleven cannot do it. That glint of humanity—sparked by Mike (Finn Wolfhard), the gang, and Hopper—burned brighter than her thirst for vengeance.

When on the crossroad between discovering those that wronged her and returning to Hawkins to assist her mates, Eleven chooses the tougher path, reasoning, “However I can save them,” as she’s already saved herself.

She does simply that, saving her new father determine (who lastly involves see her as his equal, standing by her aspect as she closes the gate), her mates, Hawkins, and the world, all in time to make it to the eighth grade dance to share a candy, barely awkward dance (to The Police’s “Each Breath You Take”) and kiss with the boy she likes…and rescued, her personal damsel in misery.

Bitching, certainly.

Stranger Issues 2 is now obtainable to stream on Netflix. 

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