Stranger Things Christmas light wall

While we’re on this DIY kick, Instructables (via Mashable) has step-by-step instructions on creating your own Stranger Things Christmas light wall. You’ll need some LED lights, an Arduino Uno Microcontroller, and a few other items, collectively totalling less than $100. You’ll do some basic wiring and some simple programming, and voila, you’ll be able to get those twinkling lights to spell out whatever weird messages you want.

The Stranger Things mashups keep on coming. Potter Things puts Eleven and company among another group of young people with strange powers, the students of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The combination of Harry Potter and Stranger Things works surprisingly well, and opens the door to all sorts of fanfiction and fan art possibilities. Imagine Will and Eleven attending the Yule Ball, or Hermione dropping by the Wheeler home to play D&D…

Meanwhile, Superpowers mashes up Stranger Things with… itself. It turns snippets of dialogue into music, resulting in a synth-y tune that’s surprisingly catchy. Not to mention sweet, since it mostly focuses on the tight-knit friendships between the show’s younger characters. (Hat tip to Geek Tyrant for this find!)

And now let’s move on to the more analytical side of fandom. Part of what made Stranger Things so successful was its memorable imagery — the creepy emptiness of the Upside Down, those disgusting slugs and that nighmarish Demogorgon. In this video, The Film Theorists explore the themes, limitations, and artistic inspirations that gave rise to Aaron Sims’ concept art (which we’ve showcased here before), which in turn evolved into the spooky visuals we pored over all summer.

Meanwhile, this video looks at another visual tool Stranger Things has at its disposal: unusual cuts. Whether they’re guiding Elle in and out of her traumatic past, adding a sense of uneasy menace, or setting up a visual gag, Stranger Things loves to get creative with its edits.

Put all that together and what do you have? This video essay (h/t Laughing Squid) explains Stranger Things season one in careful detail, picking up clues and asking questions that may never even have occurred to you. There’s nothing here that’ll totally upend your understanding of the show or anything like that, but it’s a good analysis of how the whole season comes together. Watch it now, or save it for just before season two premieres, when you find yourself needing to brush up on the show’s history before you move into its next run.

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