In a new video, Bill Nye the Science Guy analyzes the plausibility of the Upside Down from Stranger Things. There is no denying that the series is one of Netflix’s biggest hits. Millions of fans quickly found themselves drawn into the science-fiction throwback to the 1980s. Several of the young stars have become quite well known as a result of the show’s success, and the second season is highly anticipated. Audiences are eager to know what happened to Eleven, and what Will Byers brought back with him from the Upside Down. The final moments of the first season made it very clear that everything is still not okay in Hawkins, Indiana.
As is typical with science fiction, fans wonder just how realistic and plausible the various scientific elements the series actually are. The powers that Eleven has, and the way the scientists at the Hawkins National Laboratory experimented on her seem to make up the bulk of the science fiction elements, but there is also the question of the Upside Down. The other world that Will Byers finds himself in, and the demigorgon who lives there seem to be more traditional fantasy than science fiction. However, on Stranger Things it is safe to say that things are not always as they seem.
Netflix has put together a fun bit of cross promotion between Stranger Things and Bill Nye Saves the World. In the video seen above, scientist Bill Nye explains how the Upside Down might actually exist after all.
The video opens with a scene from Stranger Things where science teacher Scott Clarke explains to Will’s friends the basic concept behind parallel worlds. This cuts to Nye talking about The Multiverse Theory – the belief that as the universe expands, pockets of energy create worlds that are similar to ours, but ultimately separate. As Nye explains, duplicates of himself form and join in the explanation – providing a visual aid.
Nye does state that some scientists believe in this, which of course means that some scientists do not. According to him, the scientific community frequently debates the plausibility of the theory. As for whether Nye believes or not, he states simply “My money is on El (Eleven) traveling through space and time to be reunited with her Eggos.”
This is not the first example of Netflix using Stranger Things’ popularity to promote one of their other shows. Recently, Jonah and the bots from the new Mystery Science Theater 3000 provided their usual humorous commentary over a scene from the first episode of Stranger Things.
The multiverse theory is a popular one that frequently shows up in movies, books, comics, and TV. As to whether parallel universes really do exists, we may never know. But it seems clear that the theory will always be fair game in science fiction.
Season two of Stranger Things will premiere in the fall. The first seasons of both Stranger Things and Bill Nye Saves the World are available on Netflix.