Stranger Things 2 premiered on 27 October 2017 on Netflix. Most of the geek world spent their pre-Holloween weekends watching the highly-anticipated second season of this 80s-inspired horror series created by the Duffer brothers, Matt and Ross.

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If you’re a fan of Stranger Things 2 and you binge-watched it, you may have missed a few golden geek references. But don’t worry, we’ve gone through the 9-episode Stranger Things 2 series and rounded up some of our favourite references to some our favourite things from the past.


Dustin Dominates Dig Dug

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In the first episode of Stranger Things 2, we’re treated to a scene in a retro 80s gaming arcade. Some of the retro games to look out for include Dig Dug, which was released in 1982 – 2 years before the events of Stranger Things 2. The game is such a cool geek reference because its objective is very similar to the objective of Stranger Things 2: to keep underground-dwelling monsters at bay. Other cool arcade games include Dragon’s Lair, Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga and Centipede

Terminator Opening Weekend

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One of our favourite throwbacks in Stranger Things 2 is the poster for James Cameron’s classic, The Terminator, which opened on 26 October 1984! You can spot the poster for The Terminator as well as see Eleven watching the trailer for it on TV. Here it is in all its retro glory:

Best Toys

The Stranger Things 2 cast have a ton of cool toys that are referenced throughout the show. Some of our favourite retro toys include Mike’s Millenium Falcon, Dustin’s E.T. toys, and Lucas’s He-Man.

Music References For Days

We loved the retro music in season 1 and Stranger Things season 2 has even more. The music not only completes the retro feel of the show, but it also sets the tone for many of the scenes in Stranger Things 2. For instance, Hammer to Fall by Queen plays when Steve and Dustin set out to find Dart with Steve’s hammer-bat. New cast member, Billy has some “bitchen” tracks that he listens to too like Metallica’s The Four Horsemen. 

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The Snow Ball has classic 80s hits as well, like Cindi Lauper’s Time After Time and Every Breath You Take from Sting. There are Micheal Jackson songs to listen up for like Beat It and Thriller.

Are you watching the second season of Stranger Things? What have been some of your favourite moments or geek references? Drop us a comment below and let us know.

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