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Stranger Things season 4, episode 6 recap – “The Dive Curse”

May 27, 2022

This recap of Netflix’s Stranger Things season 4, episode 6, “The Dive Curse,” contains spoilers.

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I think it’s time Rob Morgan’s Officer Powell stopped bringing in Officer Callahan for interviews. Whenever a man or woman, young or old, explains that they have seen indescribable things, they smile and roll their eyes. Frankly, this irritates the witness to no end. Take Jason, for example. He just saw Patrick die. You’d think Callahan would empathize since they drove to the lake and found Jason holding his friend in his arms. Jason tells them it wasn’t necessarily Eddie. He’s just a vessel for the devil. It was he who did this. (Jason here is an interesting example of religious bigotry and white supremacy going hand in hand and being morally superior to everyone around him).

Jason and his fellow basketball players show up at a town meeting claiming the Hellfire Club is a cult. They hand out a photo of the members, including Mike, Dustin, Lucas, Eddie, and others. Are Mike’s or Lucas’ parents standing up to defend their child? Dustin’s mother? No. The only one who does is Erica, who tells them it’s just a club for nerds to play their D&D and not a cult. Jason is convincing and almost everyone leaves town hall to find the club members.

When we check Team Hawkins and Team Lenora, both are looking for a person. The four Lenora reach Suzie’s house. They knock on the door and enter. (Plus they’re doing something on TV that’s driving me crazy – the door is left wide open). Suzie has seven siblings. One of them, Eden, looks at Argyle, and they are immediately in love. They find Suzie on the roof working on her antenna. She can trace the IP address and locate where El–Nevada is.

The five Hawkins get their hands on Eddie, hiding in Skull Rock. Steve knows where it is, and they leave immediately. When they locate Eddie, Dustin finds a small patch of electrical interference, which could be a sign that there is an open gateway to Vecna. They think it’s in the lake. And, if you remember, we saw some of those creepy vines move at the bottom when the cops found Jason holding Patrick.

One thing the Duffer brothers tend to capture is distrust of government. Yes, this is a direct reflection of the Trump administration, but government mistrust has been setting in since the early 1970s of the theft of FBI tapes in Media, Pennsylvania. Here, you don’t know who to trust because the Duffers don’t want you to be charged. You have dueling government factions trying to fight for Eleven – the US military and the Department of Energy.

The Army, Lt. Col. Sullivan, tortures the Department of Energy’s other unknown hero agent. He won’t give up on El (or can’t because he doesn’t know where she is). However, can you trust the Department of Energy? They kidnap children and people like Owens and Brenner openly deceive El. The military may want to weaponize El, but does Brenner want El to save the world? As we see with Peter, the lab nurse, El remembers him telling her that Brenner doesn’t always tell the truth. He also brings up his mother and the lie El was fed.

It’s more likely that Peter represents Eleven’s subconscious in the saltwater bath memories of not trusting Dr. Brenner, even today. My theory is challenged almost immediately when Brenner has some kind of sumo wrestling mental game. He puts one child in each circle, and each must try to move the other with their mind. Two Six beats first and clears each, sending each child into a wall.

That is until he meets El, who sends him into a double-sided mirror, causing him to crack (they need to add padding). For the first time, Brenner recognizes Peter, looking in his direction as he stands behind him. Did he use the medic to implant a distrust that leads to anger, fear, and El locating his powers? When Brenner looks at El, she is no longer the teenager she hid in Nevada. She’s that little kid we saw destroying the lab in the flashback that started the season. Was Peter a tool to help El El bring out his powers? However, he could still be a memory warning him of the future.

This distrust is also represented in Hopper. You have Mike’s dad, an older generation who thinks everyone should trust the government and the FBI. Compare that to Hopper, who went to Vietnam and was exposed to Agent Orange. Both are archetypes of rival creeds within the US government of the day. Hopper, even before this season, was full of cynicism. Take, for example, the Russian prisoner’s last meal.

Hopper, Dmitri and six others are given a feast in a hot room. A Russian prisoner is proud because, as he tells the group, they need strength to fight the monster the prisoners fight every week. However, Hopper intervenes. They are not nurtured to honor proud or exultant men. Hopper and the others are fed to grow bigger and tastier. Why? So the Russian army can feed the beast to make it stronger, so they arm it.

Just like Eleven.

The end

Joyce and Murray plan for the latter to be Yuri and escort him and the smuggler into the prison to free Hopper. To stand a chance of defeating the Demodog, Hopper starts a fight so he can grab a lighter off guard. As he later tells Dmitri, as he pulls the vodka bottle out of his coat, the only thing these monsters are afraid of is fire. They have a good laugh about it, like once the enemies and now the friends.

What happens next is revealing and tragic. El recalls Brenner torturing Peter at the hands of two orderlies by knocking him unconscious with two cattle-sized stun guns as they dragged him away. This raises an interesting point. Brenner wanted to take the kids slowly and warned them not to use fear or hate to bring out their powers. In Brenner’s experiments, Peter’s actions were an unintended consequence or an uncontrolled factor that led to a massacre. I’m still not convinced Brenner is a good guy, though. It may be an afterthought that Peter tries to help her.

However, back to El. She returns to the Rainbow Room and is harassed by four of her companions, led by Two. She is pushed, intimidated and terrorized, just like Angela. They leave, and she looks in the one-way mirror and sees herself as a young child. His hands and eyes are bloody and the reflection in the mirror shows the aftermath of those first eight minutes. When she wakes up, she tells Owens and Brenner that she now remembers what she did.

Finally, the Hawkins group is split up as Nancy, Robin, Eddie, and Steve head to the lake. Steve volunteers to dive to find the opening, and he locates it. Glowing, he touches it, and it’s solid. He gets scared when one of those vines hits him on the other side. He reaches the boat and tells them what he found. This vine pulls it to the other side, known as the Upside Down. The episode ends with Steve being attacked by demonic bats which choke him with their long tails and start scratching his body.

It doesn’t look good for Steve. At this point, a death by Vecna ​​seems more humane.

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