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The internet is awash with speculative deeper and hidden ideas within films and television. Here are 5 of the best fan theories courtesy of Reddit.
Fan theory 1. The Rugrats are all within in Angelica’s head
Ever wondered just how Angelica could talk to the babies? Angelica is the only one who can talk to the babies because they are a figment of her imagination. She is spoilt, sad and lonely, because her Mother is constantly working and has no time for her. Her relationship with her Dad is superficial and unsubstantial, no real love is ever shown to her.
So how did it come about that Angelica would have to imagine these babies? Tommy died soon after child birth, a fact reflected by Stu never leaving the basement, inventing toys that his son will never play with. Chuckie died in the car crash along with his Mum, also reflected in the actions of his father; the crash has made him a pathetic nervous wreck most of the time.
Most interesting is Phil and Lil. There never where any twins, there was just one baby. However this baby was a still born, and Angelica never knew the sex of the still born, so she invented twins of different genders.
Sadly, Angelica never uses her imaginary friends to comfort or entertain her, instead she is mean and nasty to them. She has invented this relationship with these babies so she can vent her frustrations of being a spoilt, lonely brat who has seen much hardship from these unfortunate parents; frustrations that can’t be satisfied by a typical childhood relationship with a doll, albeit a Cynthia one.
Fan theory 2. The Flinstone and Jetsons are in the same time and space
The Jetsons and the Flintstones are two portions of the same society. The people living in Bedrock are actually members of a far future (one may say post-human) society that have rejected the day to day electronic assistance to live like their long-dead ancestors did (or at least what they think they lived like; history has lost a bit in translation). This explains the talking animals: They’re just synthetic creations. It’s been so long since any actual animal lived that didn’t have human communication bred/written into it that the “ferals” don’t realize how silly it is to be talking with creatures that didn’t even exist alongside early humans.
Fan theory 3. Bojack Horseman is essentially a ‘horse walks into a bar joke’ with the longest set up
The one about Bojack Horseman just being a long setup to a horse walks into a bar joke. Everyone he loves will die and then in the final episode he will walk into the bar he always goes to and then the guy will ask why the long face? It will then go into the outro music which perfectly explains why he would have a long face if you listen to it.
Fan theory 4. Michael lost a bet to Todd Packer in The Officer
I’ve been rewatching The office, for the past few weeks, and something stood out to me. From the beginning Micheal uses his famous “That’s what she said” joke every time an even remotely sexual joke opportunity arises. Most of the time he does it, he seems genuinely happy using the joke. There are a couple of times however when he says it, he seems like he doesn’t say it for the joke, but rather because he has to. Originally I just thought it was because Michael compulsively needed to make that joke for his own amusement, but seeing how in later seasons sometimes he doesn’t even laugh, makes me think of something else. Now Todd Packer is known throughout the show as someone who is perverted, annoying, and someone who pulls stupid pranks on people. Like the time he put something incredibly smelly in Michael’s office, that resulted in the carpet being changed (sorry can’t find clip).
Someone like that would love his friend to lose a bet that would make him say a stupid joke over and over, every time the opportunity shows itself, and Micheal wanting to impress his friend would take that bet. Exactly what the bet was about I can’t say, but in the end Michael lost, and now can’t stop with the joke for the rest of his life. Take a look at this instance of the joke. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ly84CagzobU Michael is being reprimanded for sexual harassment, and Jim tries to make him use the joke in front of his superiors. Obviously Jim wouldn’t know about the bet he made with Todd, he would just think Michael is unable to let such an opportunity go to waste. But take a look at how Todd looks at Michael. It’s a look of “you know you must do it, or you’ll lose the bet”. That would probably be followed by a punishment from Todd.
Fan theory 5. Three grouped Stranger Things theories to rock your mind
Theory #1: Eleven did not punch the interdimensional hole or gate herself – the monster did that.
Evidence: She doesn’t appear to be able to make other gates, even when begged to by her friends. Even when she contacts people/things in the Upside Down, she does so from the Void (which is what I’m calling the mindspace she utilizes in the sensory deprivation chamber). She also doesn’t actually enter the Upside Down with them – I think what we see visually as the Void is representative of her being able to connect with their frequencies rather than physically finding them.
The Demogorgon, on the other hand, punches multiple interdimensional holes: when it takes Will, when it takes Barb, when it enters the school, when it enters the Byers’ house, etc. Interestingly, these gates appear to be transient – Nancy can crawl through the gate made when the Demogorgon comes for the dying deer, for example, but the gate barely lasts long enough for her to escape back through it.
My theory is that THE gate in the Hawkins National Lab appeared because Eleven touched the monster and alerted it to the presence of prey and/or reproductive opportunities in her dimension (e.g., this one), so when it turned to her and roared, it was deciding to punch through to here to ‘get’ her or things like her. I think Eleven’s powers and terrified reaction protected her from being injured or killed right then and there, but on the other hand, I think her powers also amplified the Demogorgon’s gate-making action so much that this gate not only endured, it appeared to grow outward over the course of the show.
So what does this mean for our heroes? Well, assuming Eleven killed this Demogorgon in the final episode, it means that there are going to be no more gates created by it, transient or otherwise. On the other had, we have no idea if the original gate at Hawkins is sealed, and if it is, whether anything might still come in and out of it.
Hold that thought for now – I’m definitely going to come back to the question of future monster portals.
Theory #2: the Demogorgon uses victims as prey AND/OR as reproductive opportunities.
Evidence: the slug crawling out of Barb’s mouth; the same slug being coughed up by Will; the monster nest in the Upside Down with multiple bodies in it found by Joyce and Hopper; the Alien-esque facehugger found on Will.
I’m not sure how the monster makes the distinction between the two choices – do you eat your capture, or do you oviposit some kind of larval form in it? who knows – but it does seem to be that the monster is able to choose. Based on the sequences we observe with Will and Barb, I think that a typical Demogorgon attack goes as follows. First, the monster decides it wants you. Second, it punches a gate through to somewhere where it can grab you. Third, it grabs you and brings you back through the portal it made. As it pulls you through the portal, it loses its grip on you – this is your opportunity to escape! (See Will being able to run away from it and hide in the Upside Down for a week, and see Barb waking up at the bottom of the pool and doing her best to get away.) Once it catches you, it either eats you – like the deer – or it oviposits an egg or a larvum or some other reproductive propagule in your gut via your mouth. If decides to use you reproductively, it leaves you with a facehugger (I’m guessing Barb had one too that had gone by the time Eleven found her body) to look after its propagule for a certain time period of gestation; during this time, it probably uses your body tissues as a nutritive source. I reckon the damage wrought by the facehugger slowly digesting you from the inside out is what eventually kills you. (For real-world reference and Alien inspiration, check out some parasitic wasps: http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150522-the-wasps-that-rule-the-world.)
I do wonder if not all prey is created equal to the Demogorgon. It goes to considerable effort to chase, catch, and capture Will – is there something special about him specifically that it wants? Or maybe it’s just coincidence. After capturing its first victim – the mustachioed scientist in the elevator at Hawkins National Lab – it must have made a new gate near Will’s house at Mirkwood; maybe Will was just the first and only person it encountered there and it went for him with enthusiasm.
Which brings me to…
Theory #3: There are now NEW Demogorgons, with interdimensional gate-making abilities!
Evidence: At least one slug was birthed in the Upside Down from Barb’s body, and there might be more from other victims mentioned by not shown in the series. There is another one as well in this dimension – see the slug coughed up by Will in his bathroom during his flashback. Note that Barb’s slug is considerably bigger than Will’s – is it more well-developed or nourished, as according to Theory #2?
If Theory #2 is correct, then those slugs are offspring set to grow up into big new Demogorgons. How long will this take? What will the baby Demogorgons do in the process? And, most importantly, will these new Demogorgons be able to punch holes through to the Upside Down (as per Theory #1)?
I think these will feature heavily in the next season, and I think the need to defeat them is ultimately why the government and the good people of Hawkins will need Eleven so that she can use her abilities to safely get rid of MULTIPLE Demogorgons, or at least banish them to the Upside Down where they can’t get to people here. I think new interdimensional portals will be a real problem for everyone as the Demogorgon that Will coughed up punches holes back to the Upside Down, and in doing so, alerts the Demogorgons there that this world exists and is tasty! I have no theories about how and why Eleven will reappear, but I do think a new deal will need to be struck between Hopper and the rest of Hawkins and the Men In Black government types. They’ll do so because of their common interest in resolving the threat posed by new interdimensional portals getting made by those dastardly Demogorgons.
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