When Stranger Things arrived on Netflix this summer, it didn't take long for viewers to rally around the show's gutsy redhead, Barb.
After her disappearance from Hawkins, people were left concerned about Barb's fate in the hands of the Upside Down, and the Internet soon called for #JusticeForBarb. Turns out, support for everyone's favourite character has spread beyond the circle of Stranger Things superfans.
Although the Department of Energy doesn't exactly come off well in the series, the real government organisation in the US has joined in the fight for "justice for Barb." It has also made a point of explaining why the show's portrayal of the department is "less than accurate."
The DoE's stance on Stranger Things came to light when Lachlan Markay, a writer form The Washington Free Beacon, reached out to ask if documentation that included mentions of the show could be released.
Much to Markay's delight, his request was well received. Along with a brilliant tweet from the DoE's press staff, Markay was also sent a stack of emails from the department's employees. This led to the release of a blog post from the DoE titled "What Stranger Things Didn't Get Quite-So-Right About The Energy Department."
The blog clears up a few major differences between the fictional department and the real-life organisation. It confirms that no, they don't really explore parallel universes and their scientists don't resemble the show's sinister Dr. Martin Brenner either.
"Actual National Laboratory scientists are among the brightest people in the world, working hard to solve the nation's toughest energy problems," the blog states.
As for monsters?
"Stranger Things depicts the Energy Department as a federal agency confronting terrifying monsters lurking in different dimensions," it says. "We don't mess with monsters, but the Energy Department is in the business of detecting invisible dangers."
Good to know, but can't they bring back Barb? We'll just have to wait for season two.