I love this recap!
I actually had a few things I was confused about from the finale (*again, take this with a grain of salt - I might re-watch the episode when it's not 2 AM in the morning and get a different takeaway that time)!
The leg-creature removed from El - shouldn't they have had to set it on fire to kill it? The Mind-Flayer seems exceptionally resilient in some scenes, but then squishable in others. In the previous episode or two when El mentally ripped the giant Mind-Flayer's "head" in half, it seemed to knit back up in just a few minutes... so being stepped on by Hopper shouldn't have been that bad, I'd assume it would bounce back and be squishing right along being evil right after. I feel like fire (which seems to be the only thing that the Mind-Flayer / Upside Down creatures don't like, besides El and heat) wasn't used enough to deter them - I'd have been waving flaming sticks around like Indiana Jones.
Murray's frustration at the Bald Eagle nickname and walkie-talkie protocols from Dustin made me laugh out loud.
I personally thought the Suzie / Dustin exchange was so tonally jarring from the rest of the episode that it threw me for a loop? But maybe I'll find it more enchanting upon rewatching. They had nice voices, but this is like, a crisis situation! I was empathizing with Murray.
I refuse to accept that Hopper is dead! Nooooo! But I'm thinking that the prisoner might be Murray.
I really enjoyed Robin's character throughout this season, and it warms your heart to read how proud her dad is of her.
Having worked at a video store myself (albeit a chain) in high school, I loved those final touches and how Robin's trying to help Steve get a job at the video store.
2 final things: one is that Microsoft is putting together a Camp Know Where STRANGER THINGS activity at various stores for kids, and I think that's a super-cute idea.
And secondly - did the Demagorgon in Russia look different than the previous seasons? More pale and elongated? Or was it just me? I'm wondering if there's been a different dimension unlocked...