In things that will make you feel old today, the internet had to explain to a young Stranger Things fan what a darkroom is. Several scenes between Jonathan Byers and Nancy Byers are set in this, um, dark room where Byers develop film.
According to the young fan on the online forum StackExchange, “In Stranger Things, we frequently see Jonathan go inside this to ‘refine’ his photos or something. I don’t quite understand what happens here. He puts the photo in water, and somehow this makes it more clear? An example is in the first season when he refines Barbara’s photo and sees a little bit of the Demogorgon. Is this an old film technique, and if so, what is it called?”
Thankfully, responders sincerely answered the question. In case we have young readers who are unfamiliar with the process, here’s the 411 (do you guys still use this phrase????): in ancient times, photos were processed in chemical baths. They are light-sensitive so these rooms had to be, well, dark.
*crumbles further into dust* pic.twitter.com/VRYFCdm6xE
— badly drawn bee 🐝 (@soapachu) July 26, 2019
Twitter being Twitter, on the other hand, took a funnier approach. Someone took a screenshot and poked fun at her age, saying “*crumbles further into the dust*.”
Others felt similarly and shared their own tweets:
*feels herself aging like she chose the wrong grail in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade*
— TrashTransKitty (@Djinnkitty) July 26, 2019
It’s just a dark room for developing film….
— mrs jim business (@Kelly_BeanWms) July 27, 2019
Sometimes in old films the lead avatar dips a bird’s feather into black liquid and moves it around on paper in order to download their latest email. Is this some sort of granddad’s coding technique and if so what’s better about it than the normal way of communicating?
— John Hartley (@johntonta) July 26, 2019
— ugly bloke (@BlokeUgly) July 26, 2019
Also, there’s the possibility of trolling. If he was genuinely confused, good for him for asking questions!
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