Holy sheet! What an episode! Continuing on from the fourth episode, more plot points are converging, more dots are being connected, and this show has taken a turn into the horror genre.
Connect the dots
It's so satisfying when the characters come together and start connecting the dots. Like I said in one of my earlier posts, it's kind of like a theme with Stranger Things where the characters start off in smaller groups with their own story arcs, only to get together later to discover that it's all connected. Nancy recognised the signs of the Mind Flayer's presence in the hospital in the previous episode, looked for Will, the group found out there was more than one "flayed", El remembered Heather, then Jon and Nancy remembered Heather's father, who was acting strange as well. They went to his house, saw signs of a struggle, and put the pieces together. This really is turning into a Nancy Drew mystery.
The scene in the hospital went full on horror cliche with Jonathan and Nancy running through a closed-off wing of the hospital with lights flickering on and off, not another person in sight, being chased by two of the Mind Flayer's goons. I guess Nancy got a bit of revenge on that guy from the Post when she smashed his head in with a fire extinguisher, but I'm sure she would've preferred if that wasn't the case after seeing some sort of slime erupt from a melted human body, eventually forming what I could only describe as a "slime spider-like Mind Flayer minion monster". Yup. That's what I'm calling it.
Operation Child Endangerment
Meanwhile, Steve, Robin, Dustin, and Erica discovered a secret Russian facility underneath the mall, which we now know is where the prologue in episode one took place. The Russians for some reason, are trying to open another portal to the Upside Down, and Steve and Dustin know that can only mean one thing. I'd love to see them try and explain the whole Mind Flayer situation to Robin and Erica who I'm sure will just mock the guys and not believe them at all.
I'm still unsure what exactly the Russians are trying to accomplish. Do they only know about a portal but have no idea about the Mind Flayer? If they do know about it, why then risk opening the portal? Their motivations are still unclear.
Also, Steve won a fight! Against a Russian soldier no less!
Murray the matchmaker
Murray is back! The most significant contribution he'll have this season won't be interpreting for the Russian scientist and Hopper, but to set up Hopper and Joyce. Remember what he did last season with Jon and Nancy? 🤣🤣🤣
BTW, did anybody get some terminator vibes from that Russian who's chasing them? I sure did.
Season three is bigger, better, and so much more nerve-wracking than previous seasons. Only three more episodes to go!