kali*

okay full offense and i know this wont make complete sense but im honestly disgusted that episode 7 has the lowest rating of season 2 and the scathing article GQ wrote about Kali and her “murder teen crew” as they called it. 

they literally said that the episode offered nothing towards eleven’s development like??????? its a standalone episode where for once Eleven isn’t focusing all of her energy on Mike or following Hopper’s rules like she gets guilty and ultimately comes home we KNOW that but there has been such little information about who Eleven TRULY is and what exactly happened to her and what everything represents like ??? hell fuckin yeah episode 7 was necessary for her character development.

like im so sorry that the little girl isnt thinking about her puppy love but is instead actually learning to “grow up” as Hopper said and take matters into her own hands and figure out just who she is (because a hero’s journey cant exactly be complete or consistent if they don’t eventually find their sense of self!!!)

ALSO Kali’s character is fucking necessary for eleven because she stands as her foil, a parallel character who reflects the anger and raw energy that eleven is afraid to tap into (ringing any bells about a certain scene in ep 7????) and the murder “teen” crew wasn’t even a teen crew to begin with like these were grown ass adults who were misfits, people used and chewed up and spit out by society that ultimately chose to fight back. Everything about Kali’s character and her group symbolizes an untamed resistance that most CERTAINLY existed in the 80′s, and isn’t anything that shouldn’t be touched on in the show. 

Eleven is never going to be the cute little girl carrying around a box of eggos with her torn pink dress forever. she has to shed that image and grow into the adult and hero she was destined to become, and if it means the “””””””””rebellious””””””””” teen phase with smudged eyeliner and slicked back hair and a band of misfits beside her then all right i’ll take it, but don’t suggest that episode 7 wasn’t important to her development 

there is SO MUCH MORE to eleven that we need to discover and the fact that they treated episode 7 like it was trash is so fucking insulting (and don’t think for a second that i’m not gonna pull the race card too! if kali had been a feisty doe-eyed white brunette with the SAME exact hair and outfit yall would be MUCH MORE VOCAL about episode 7) 

“We (she and Kali) are similar because I am very determined and driven. We also both love Eleven. I don’t even know where to start with the differences. I do not lack empathy. I smile every day, which is definitely something you can’t say about Kali. I care a lot about other people. I do not wear much make-up, and I really prefer my own Copenhagen apartment over a warehouse in Chicago.” -Linnea Berthelsen

Why every girl/woman in Stranger Things is a badass:

Joyce Byers: 

  • Fights tooth and nail to find her missing boy, even when the whole town is convinced she’s overreacting or going crazy, even her own son. 
  • Going into the upside down in a hazmat suit because she’ll be damned if she isn’t there the second they find Will 
  • Screaming at Lonnie for being the worthless piece of shit that he is. 
  • Raising her two sons on her own!!!!!! Working her butt off to provide for them!!!! 
  • Fights doctors who she knows have the power to wipe her off the face of the earth. 
  • Put the death of her significant other on the back burner to take care of her son. 

Claudia Henderson: 

  • Raises Dustin on her own!!!! 
  • Really cares about him and what he’s doing!!!! 
  • Supports his interests, even if she thinks they’re a little odd 

Mrs. Sinclair: 

  • Is supportive of her children 
  • Dealt with Billy before he went to visit Karen and somehow she managed to not strangle him 

Karen Wheeler: 

  • Raises three children (pretty much on her own, because wE ALL KNOW HOW USEFUL TED IS)
  • Supported her friend Joyce after the loss of her son! 
  • Desperately wants her children to know that they can talk to her about anything 
  • Has to keep secrets about probably the most horrifying time of her life, where her son almost got killed because of what happened with El and Hawkin’s lab. 

Nancy Wheeler: 

  • TAKES IT UPON HERSELF TO CAPTURE AND KILL THE DEMOGORGON 
  • Slices her own hand open to attract it. 
  • Sets up fucking bear traps 
  • IS AN INCREDIBLE SHOT 
  • DAMSEL IN DISTRESS WHERE? WHO? NOT NANCY WHEELER! 
  • Keeps what happened to Barb a secret from her parents even though it is literally eating her up on the inside. But she knows it’s for their protection. 
  • GOT JUSTICE FOR BARB BY PURPOSELY GETTING TAKEN BY HAWKIN’S LAB 
  • SUPPORTS JONATHAN WHILE HE WATCHES HIS BROTHER PRETTY MUCH GO THROUGH AN EXORCISM! 

Barbra Holland: 

  • Tries to protect Nancy from becoming somebody that she’s not. 
  • Never strays from who she is even though she has pressure from the outside. 

Marsha Holland: 

  • Has never given up hope of finding her daughter 
  • Is willing to risk her livelihood if it means she can get answers to what happened to her.

Terry Ives: 

  • Never gave up hope of finding her daughter!!!!!! 
  • PRETTY MUCH BROKE INTO HAWKINS LAB TO SAVE HER! 

Becky Ives: 

  • Has been taking care of her catatonic sister for at least a decade. 
  • Supports El in her quest to find out what the hell happened and how to connect with her mother. 
  • Doesn’t think El is crazy for trying to connect telepathically. 

Eleven: 

  • Do I even have to say why she’s a badass I mean COME ON? 
  • Escapes Hawkins lab after straight up murdering her captors. 
  • Runs into the night with just an oversized tee shirt. 
  • Saves Mike and the party more times than anybody can count 
  • Puts herself into scary and life-threatening situations to save Will Byers who she has never even met before.  
  • GOES UP TO SINGLE-HANDEDLY FIGHT THE DEMOGORGON 
  • LIVES ON HER OWN IN THE WINTER IN THE WILDERNESS FOR GOD KNOWS HOW LONG 
  • knocked a bitch out using only a squirrel
  • Kept herself isolated from Mike for almost a year because she knew it was the safest thing for her and for him. 
  • Sought out her mother despite knowing it was probably dangerous 
  • Sought out Kali even though she knew it was dangerous. 
  • CLOSED THE FUCKING GATE TO THE UPSIDE DOWN. 

Kali: 

  • TAKING REVENGE ON EVERY PERSON WHO HURT HER!!!!! 
  • Coming up with a rag-tag team of misfits and all of them supporting and protecting each other
  • Living without much knowledge of her family or where she came from. 
  • CAN MAKE PEOPLE SEE WHATEVER SHE WANTS THEM TO SEE! BADASS. 
  • Helps El come to the conclusion of who she is and who she wants to be, even if the two of them don’t agree. 

Max Mayfield: 

  • Doesn’t tolerate creepy behavior from the party. 
  • Says what’s on her mind 
  • Defeats a bunch of stereotypes by skateboarding and being good at video games and not dressing in stereotypically ‘girly’ outfits. 
  • Stands up to and defies her brother when he’s being a dick, no matter what. 
  • Understands her brother’s rage but doesn’t tolerate it when it becomes abusive. 
  • Stabs that bitch in the neck with a tranq 
  • then threatens his dick with a baseball bat 
  • Demands he leaves her and her friends alone. 
  • Jonathan: Mike.
  • Mike: Yeah, what is it?
  • Jonathan: Can I tell you a secret?
  • Mike: Go ahead.
  • Jonathan: I'm dating your sister.
  • Mike (sarcastic): Wow, I totally did not know that.
  • Jonathan: Let's just keep this between us-
  • Hopper (joining conversation): Jonathan, can I tell you a secret?
  • Jonathan: Uh...sure Chief, go ahead.
  • Hopper: I'm dating your mom.
  • Jonathan and Mike (sarcastic): Whoa, that's shocking as hell!
  • Mike: Since we're all telling secrets, can I tell one of my own?
  • Hopper: What is it?
  • Mike (to Hopper): I'm dating your daughter.
  • Hopper: Hold the fuck on, you're what now?!
  • Mike (scared): ...are you being sarcastic? Come on, this is the part where you say you didn't know in a sarcastic tone.
  • Steve (enters room): Guys, I HAVE A SECRET TO SHARE!
  • Jonathan, Mike, and Hopper: What?!
  • Steve: I'M DATING KALI.
  • Mike: ...that's the first legitimate secret that I didn't know about. I did not see that coming.
  • Jonathan: Who the fuck is Kali?!