Stranger Things is still making big waves with streaming audiences, with many viewers having torn through the eight Season 3 episodes in no time, but broadcast audiences know that Hawkins' fight against the Upside Down pales in comparison to the late night battle between Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon. (Slight hyperbole alert.) Lo and behold, Colbert and Fallon put aside ratings differences for a video parodying Stranger Things' big NeverEnding Story musical number. The pop culture subtext is strong with this one.
This week marks new episodes from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and what better way for the two hosts to celebrate the occasion than by sharing the screen (though not space in the same room)? Check out the video below and try once more to stop this song from becoming an Earworm-gorgon.
Thankfully, neither Jimmy Fallon nor Stephen Colbert were in any dire physical or emotional danger in the midst of putting this song out there on their radios. Though not at the writers' frequency, of course.
But wait, who's to say that the "Steve Higgins" that comes into the room isn't actually some otherworldly demon posing as The Tonight Show's famed announcer? He's the only one of the three who's familiar with Stranger Things and understands that reference, after all. I suppose that's the flimsiest possible argument to prove that someone is an Upside Down monster, but desperate times call for desperate measures.
Colbert and Fallon sound pretty good together, to the point that they should bypass this parodical Limahl's "NeverEnding Story" video and just go straight into performances of hits from Hall & Oates, among other artists. They can get Gabriella Pizzolo and Gaten Matarazzo to join them on this hypothetical tour, also. Maybe they can also get Sean Astin, because why not?
For those who still aren't caught up yet on why that NeverEnding Story theme is being kicked around the Internet, I won't go into all-around spoilers here, but suffice to say Stranger Things set up an opportune (if unexpected) musical moment late in Season 3. Anyone who hasn't yet watched and isn't afraid of incidental spoilers, check the clip out below...
...Also, for anyone who's already watched it, put this video on at the same time as the one of Fallon and Colbert and see if a portal opens up when the frequencies match up.
Stranger Things Seasons 1-3 are currently available to stream in full on Netflix, with Season 4 almost definitely coming down the pipeline at some point in the future. What did you guys think of the season and/or the performance from the two late night greats?
Don't forget to watch new episodes of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert every weeknight on CBS at 10:35 p.m. ET, while NBC is the spot for new episodes of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon during the same time slot. The ratings battle has been a heated one in 2019 so far, but at least the two hosts can take the time to pair up for silly ditties.
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