It started as a very simple question, aka me just wondering why there aren’t more Indiana Jones references in Stranger Things? Innocent enough, right? As a child of the late ’80s, it’s one of my favorite trilogies and I just feel like there could be a lot more references to snakes in Stranger Things. Because why did it have to be snakes?
There’s a scene halfway through Season 2 of Netflix’s breakout series, in which Hawkins Police Chief Jim Hopper momentarily loses his hat. Rather than leave it behind, and even though he is in the face of danger, Hopper reaches back for it. I took it as a clear nod to Temple of Doom — because that is something Indiana Jones does. After chatting with The Duffer Brothers, Matt and Ross, on the Stranger Things red carpet, they want you to know it is a reference to Temple of Doom.
I then, however, pressed The Duffer brothers for more Henry Jones Jr. nods, and that’s when they excitedly informed me that I had basically missed a dozen of them during the second season.
“There were a ton, what are you talking about?” Matt said, clearly disappointed in me. “How many more [do you want]?”
In the clearest indication that these two are brothers, and share one joint Stranger Things mind, they then rattle off all the references — and obviously what follows is a bunch of spoilers:
I do not care, and I welcome the nods, even though I clearly missed them all. So excuse me, I have to go rewatch all of Season 2 to figure out what else went right over my head.