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Great Job, Internet!: Here’s how the Department Of Energy reacted to its Stranger Things portrayal

While they weren’t the ones who directly snatched Will Byers—or caused the ultimate fate of poor, neglected Barb—the U.S. Department Of Energy doesn’t come off terribly well in Netflix’s summer hit Stranger Things. After all, it’s a DOE lab at the center of the story’s conflict, and its agents who spend most of their time pursuing the heroic Eleven and her band of pre-teen friends. So the question stands: How does it feel to be the bad guys in the hottest show of the year?

Not that bad, as it turns out. That’s per the work of reporter Lachlan Markay, who used Freedom Of Information Act requests to compile all of the Department’s references to the show since it debuted earlier this year. Unsurprisingly, it’s a mixture of workers casually chatting about the series—including the “sinister (but awesome …

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