If you thought Stranger Things writers Duffer Brothers were creative, wait to hear who (perhaps an intern?) wrote captions for the Netflix strike a blow. If one can overcome the barrier of subtitling, a whole new world of cinematic experience opens up, but this does not only apply to foreign language films. It can even happen with a show in a language you know, and Stranger Things is proof. The subtitles for Season 4 were so descriptive that it seems like the writers were trying to design a whole sensory experience for the viewers. Example: “squelches wet away”.
In fact, there is quite a bit of wetness involved. Vecna, for example, is almost always appeasing wet, be it the tentacles or the walking. The subtitles really narrate how to think about scenes: “uncomfortable music becomes more tense”, “ominously pulsating” or “uplifting surfer music becomes more intense”. If in doubt, the subtitlers also tell you what to think of Kate Bush’s iconic song as they write it, “epic synth arrangement of ‘Running Up That Hill’ playing”.
Creativity has not been neglected by fans of the show.
a lot of wet squelching happens in weird stuff subtitles
— rivkah reyes (@rivkaheyes) July 4, 2022
Watching Stranger Things with subtitles is great.
They know what’s going on.
— Kyle Bowe ☕️ (@KyleBowe4) July 2, 2022
I swear whoever writes the subtitles for Stranger Things is doing it on purpose now.
(This is a meme, but it’s honestly not far from the truth.) pic.twitter.com/WCkLvs2Q5p
— InnoVision 3D (@InnoVision3D) July 2, 2022
If you don’t watch stranger things with subtitles on, you don’t understand how wet everything is
— dragtrashly (@dragtrashly) July 1, 2022
Stranger Things subtitles: [wet squelching]
— Netflix India (@NetflixIndia) July 1, 2022
My favorite Stranger Things writer is the one who chooses the adjectives for the ever-present “synth” in the subtitles. A curious synth? A determined one? Sometimes the synth is curious or creepy or disturbing. Learning the synth’s next emotion is all I’m looking at right now.
— Matt Bell (@mdbell79) July 3, 2022
stranger things S4 volume 2 but only told through music subtitles and other descriptions that really touched me (no spoilers) pic.twitter.com/KXLyOkFmI4
Give those writers a raise; we are now fully convinced how much nat squelching and synth were involved.