Agreed. The Russians have likely had the portal in Hawkins cracked open since the power outage in Ep 1 as you say.
I still want to know where the demogorgon in the credits scene is from. Did they get it in Hawkins? Cuz it looked like the portal under the mall never got that wide open. We didn’t even see tentacles around it. Or did they finally get a portal open back home? Actually, doesn’t there have to be a current portal open for the demogorgon to even remain alive?
And what does that mean for Mind Flayer particles in Hawkins? Presumably when the gate under the mall was closed any MF particles in Hawkins went dormant again. Can a gate in Russia reactivate them or does it have to be more local?
Something that just occurred to me...
With the gates closed, how is it that the Russians have a living demogorgon? And if the Russians have opened a gate, why isn't the Mind Flayer sending all sorts of crap after El and company? (I wonder if the MF's actions are limited to the area of the gate or if it can influence any part of the world from any open gate?) Season 4's plot, maybe? 😁
Plus, isn't even the air toxic over there?
The green goo powers the gun. There was a scene where you could see workers inserting the canisters of green goo into the sides of the gun.
As for the fertilizer/chemicals/etc., I assume that was to make it possible for the Mind Flayer to goo-ify/ungoo-ify the rats and people.
Depends where you are in the US. In RI in the 70s and 80s (and I believe all the way to today) the school year started a day or two after Labor Day and ended in mid to late June (depending on how many snow days there end up being).
I like that. Do we know when the Russians opened the gate under the mall? I vaguely recall (before we were shown the mall gun opening the gate) some Russian saying something that pretty clearly indicated the gate was open, but can't remember what episode that was in.
But hmmmmmm. The flayer was already collecting rats in the first episode (and got Billy at the end of the first as well, right? It all blurs together 🙂 ). If so, I don't know if your theory will hold up. Any reason to believe the gate was open that early?
I was wondering the same thing. But then someone pointed out to me the demogorgon-sized cage under the mall (where Erica and Dustin picked up the zapper). And of course we saw execution-by-demogorgon at the end.
So I think the Soviets (via spies in the Pentagon) got their hands on files about the portal and the Upside Down and the crap that lives in there and got it into their heads to capture some demogorgons and the like and use them against the capitalist imperialist pigs in the West.