Because of the normal however chilling similarities the opening scenes of Stranger Issues 4 bear to the latest mass taking pictures at Robb Elementary Faculty in Uvalde, Texas, Netflix has issued a content material warning.
Along with a recap of Stranger Issues’ earlier chapters, the brand new season begins with a brief message explaining that whereas manufacturing on Stranger Issues 4 wrapped in 2021, viewers could also be disturbed by the parallels between scenes from the primary episode and the actual world Texas college taking pictures that left two academics and 19 college youngsters lifeless. Within the days main as much as Stranger Issues’ season 4 premiere, Netflix had beforehand uploaded the scenes in query to YouTube as a teaser, however the video has since been pulled down. Netflix’s content material warning, pictured under, pops up whenever you play the season 4 premiere, and plainly the message solely seems the very first time to press play.
Although Stranger Issues 4 is generally set in 1986, the season’s premiere — “Chapter One: The Hellfire Membership” — opens a couple of years earlier, again when Hawkins Nationwide Laboratories had been nonetheless up and working experiments on Eleven and different youngsters with enhanced skills. “The Hellfire Membership” frames the Hawkins lab as each a jail and a education surroundings for Eleven and her friends, and the episode particulars how their time there culminated in a horrific assault that left a lot of the youngsters and employees lifeless. Each out and in of the bigger context that’s revealed as the remainder of Stranger Issues’ newest season unfolds, the Hawkins lab bloodbath performs very very similar to the present’s tackle a college taking pictures attributable to its concentrate on helpless youngsters shedding their lives in school rooms.
It feels necessary to level out that the sequence premiere of Obi-Wan Kenobi additionally opens on a scene of kids being murdered in a college setting — a snapshot of one of many extra vital moments in Star Wars’ historical past. Disney has since added a content material warning, but it surely seems on the present’s Particulars web page, slightly than firstly of the episode itself. Based on Selection, the warning initially learn “Though this fictional sequence is a continuation of the story from Star Wars motion pictures filmed a few years in the past, some scenes could also be upsetting to viewers in mild of the latest tragic occasions.” It has since been shortened to “There are specific scenes on this fictional sequence that some viewers might discover upsetting.”
Obi-Wan Kenobi and Stranger Issues 4 main with ugly college killings could also be wholly coincidental. However within the wake of what occurred in Uvalde, it’s exhausting to not see each reveals as having tapped into one thing profoundly damaged in regards to the nation they’re produced in — all at some of the tough occasions conceivable.
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