‘Stranger Things’ Adds Trigger Warning, But ‘Obi-Wan’ Doesn’t

Following this week’s shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, Netflix placed a trigger warning in the opening of the first episode of “Stranger Things 4.”

The white text on a black background discusses similarities between the opening scene of season 4 of the sci-fi series and Tuesday’s mass shooting at Robb Elementary School, which left 19 dead and two teachers.

“We filmed this season of Stranger Things a year ago,” read the cast and crew post. “But given the recent tragic shooting at a school in Texas, viewers may find the opening scene of Episode 1 distressing. We are deeply saddened by this unspeakable violence, and our hearts go out to every family who mourns a loved dear. “

In a content disclosure for the episode, the streaming service also informed viewers that it “contains graphic violence involving children,” in addition to “disturbing imagery.”

[Warning: The rest of this story contains spoilers for the latest episode of “Stranger Things.”]

After a recap, the final episode, titled “Chapter One: The Hellfire Club,” opens with a flashback scene of a sleepy 1979 morning in the fictional town of Hawkins, Ind., while antagonist Dr. Martin Brenner (Matthew Modine) prepares to work in the mysterious Hawkins National Laboratories.

In fact, the clip was released earlier this month, and the graphic scene that was noted in the new warning comes about 10 minutes into the episode – when a subject Brenner is studying in the lab senses a rampage. mortal and the death of another doctor. The camera cuts to the bodies of young children and lab workers covered in blood strewn across the facility and later shows a young Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) as the catalyst.

Incidentally, another series that premiered on Friday also shows an attack on children at an educational institution, but gave viewers no warning.

The opening sequence for ‘Star Wars’ spin-off series ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi,’ which began streaming Friday on Disney+, offers a different perspective on the infamously violent ‘Order 66’ scene of movies and animated series. Lucasfilm prequels.

In this scene, a Jedi Instructor is killed protecting a group of young students while the Jedi Temple is attacked by Clone Troopers carrying out the order. The scene takes place in the same place and time as the “young people” scene, when a young Anakin Skywalker kills Jedi students in the 2005 film “Revenge of the Sith”.

However, the new Disney+ series starring Ewan McGregor did not warn the public. Instead, viewers took to social media to tell each other about the potentially triggering content and questioned Disney’s decision to pursue it given the tragic events of this week.

“I’m at the world premiere and the first scene of the Obi-Wan Kenobi series is a shooting at a school that didn’t need to be there. Come on, @DisneyLucasfilm“, wrote a Twitter user @danusscripts.

@disneyplus Hey, @Disney Has it occurred to you that since Obi-Wan Kenobi is starting off with a SCHOOL SHOOTING, maybe now wasn’t the time to drop it sooner? Maybe push it back a week? Nope? Read the play next time. F-,” added @robfaggart.

“Cool so ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi; begins with a shooting at a school. I don’t even know what would have been the right thing to do for Disney, but…that’s not how I wanted to start my escape after this week,” wrote @GuidedByVodka.

Disney representatives did not immediately respond Friday to The Times’ request for comment.

Here’s how others are reacting online:

Times public engagement editor David Viramontes contributed to this report.

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