While ‘Stranger Things‘ has been doing a fantastic job at giving us an 80s set horror and science fiction show in the vein of similar films from that era, they made a bit of a mistake in the second season. While it is subtle, and one that we all missed, it has a huge error about fifteen minutes into the second season. In it, we’re seeing our leads sitting in Mr. Clarke’s science class at Hawkins Middle A.V. Club and that is where the mistake is. While he’s talking we see the periodic table and as you can see here, the mistake is circled in red.
As the series takes place in 1984, it is important to note that nine of the elements on the table shown here weren’t actually discovered until 1994. Those in question are:
- Darmstadtium (Ds)
- Roentgenium (Rg)
- Copernicium (Cn)
- Ununtrium (Uut)
- Flerovium (Fl)
- Ununpentium (Uup)
- Livermorium (Lv)
- Ununseptium (Uus)
- Ununoctium (Uuo)
Now, this is a pretty easy mistake to make. If the studio is truly concerned about it they could probably go in and work some CGI magic to remove them as well. However, there could be an even easier explanation that the cast and crew could use here.
The series has already given us an alternate world in ‘The Upside Down’ and even explained that the creature there has likely been taking over multiple universes at this point. So, who is to say that the Earth we’re seeing in ‘Stranger Things’ is actually our own? We could easily be viewing another reality with events that would have let them discover the above nine elements over ten years before we did without making a huge impact on day to day life by this point.
Do you think the alternate Earth theory is a perfect way for the cast and crew to explain away any details like this one which don’t match up to the actual 80s? If you were in charge of the series would you go back and digitally remove these nine elements? Share your thoughts below!