Finished up S2 in my rewatch last night. Some random thoughts -
How did Becky have money to live? Unless she left her catatonic sister in a chair by herself all day while she went to work (without a way to feed herself, go to the bathroom, etc) she would have to be at home 24/7. Did any of the newspaper clippings indicate that Terry had been given a large settlement for her part in the "failed" LSD experiments? I doubt they came from a family with a lot of money if Terry was participating in these experiments for cash in the first place.
I get that Nancy was doing her part to force the mind flayer out of Will with the hot poker, but Jeebus. Giving him third degree burns seems a bit extreme. And on a practical note, what kind of mess would Joyce have been in if the burns had gotten infected and she had to find a way to explain to an ER doc how he got burned without it looking like she was an abusive parent? These are the questions that keep me up at night.
I bought my now-16 yo one of those "Babysitter's Club - Steve's Scary Situation" (I think that was the wording) t-shirts at the time. I wish he would still wear it. Cracks me up.
I wish Paul Reiser had put El's name as Eleanor Jane (Mike used Eleanor as a fake name in S1) on her "birth certificate" so they would have a legal reason to still call her El. The name Jane does not fit her AT ALL. (Even though I've seen S3, I don't remember at this point if they started calling her Jane or not. I hope not, LOL.)
I know fans mostly considered the Lost Sister ep to be a waste of time, but I think it was important for El to learn how to focus her emotions to control her power. Until then, she was only able to really use her telekinetic powers when she was extremely frightened or angry. That wouldn't have been sustainable enough to be able to close the gate.
Also, I didn't hate Kali. I think she could have taken some lessons from El in finding a more appropriate way of dealing with her emotions, and her "family" got on my last nerve, but I believed that she felt a real connection with El and had the potential of becoming a better person.
They should have done something to make Billy at least a little bit sympathetic. One scene of his abusive father yelling at him wasn't nearly enough to make me feel sorry for him.
I still can't see any real chemistry between Nancy and Jonathon. I've tried, LOL. And it was incredibly gross of Murray to practically throw them in bed together after getting them nice and tipsy. I wouldn't have been surprised to see that he had a video camera set up in that bedroom and was hoping to get a peep show. Gag.
I didn't go back to check, but after thinking about it I wonder if Nancy told Barb's mom a different day to meet her than when she and Jonathon actually sat in the park waiting for the baddies to chase them and just used the phone call as a means of calling their attention to Nancy. Because it is simply cruel to leave the poor woman hanging like that if she actually stood her up. At least they were able to concoct a story to give the parents some closure. It was smart of Murray to come up with something that would satisfy the parents without giving them the whole story.
Feral!El (before Hopper moved her into the cabin) was terrifying. Thank God Hopper was able to find her. I can't imagine that being the rest of her life.
Is Dustin really so terrible that no girls would even dance with him? I know it's middle school, but geez. He was cute, he was funny, he was smart even if nerdy. No reason the girls would have been that snotty toward him, IMO. Especially since he was buddy-buddy with Steve 'The Hair' Harrington. Steve was the most popular boy in high school until Billy showed up. That should have given Dustin some street cred right there.
This is really random, but why did Joyce cough/gag every time she smoked one of Hop's cigarettes? Was it a joke about the brand or something that went over my head? (My only experience with smoking is the few times I smoked in high school, and I was too much of a dork to even know I was supposed to inhale. Me and Bill Clinton, ha.) Because they showed Joyce smoking several times during both seasons, so it's not like she wasn't used to cigarettes anymore.