Last night’s Saturday Night Live is filled to the brim of memorable sketches thanks to host Lin-Manuel Miranda. A new digital short, an appearance by Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon, and a considerable amount of jabs at current events will surely fill your newsfeeds in the coming days. With episodes like this, you can expect to see the strongest and most pertinent sketches in the first half with other content sometimes pushed to the back end after weekend update. Nestled in that latter half is a sketch that answers some serious questions we’ve had about Netflix‘s Stranger Things.
In the sketch, we’re given a behind-the-scenes clip that sheds some light on a few missing characters (that aren’t Barb). The kids’ plans to set out and find Will Byers are put to an abrupt halt when Lucas’ parents (played by Leslie Jones and Kenan Thompson) interrupt to scold the children about being out on their own in a town with a very real disappearing child problem. Thompson and Jones play the voices of reason when it comes to the kids’ description of what they’re doing, and make it clear that the town of Hawkins’ real problem is parents that seem to not care where their children are. The sketch points out that, despite being what we see as adult figures in the series, both Winona Ryder’s Joyce and David Harbour’s Chief Hopper show little to no regard for the children’s safety.
Even though we absolutely love everything about Stranger Things, it’s definitely a treat to be shown the story through the real life lens of attentive parents. It shows that as outlandish the adventures of Eleven and the boys were, they might actually be a bit more believable than there being a town full of people that don’t seem to question the crazy things going on there.
What did you think of the sketch? Is how you view Hopper forever changed because of it? Let’s discuss in the comments below!
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