The second season of Netflix’s surprise hit Stranger Things is on the way, but the streaming giant knows it won’t be soon enough for hardcore fans. Hence why they followed up their phenomenal mashup between it and the new Mystery Science Theater 3000 with a similar promo for Bill Nye Saves the World. Possible subjects may have included Eleven’s supposed connection to the monster, or whether Parks and Recreation‘s Jean-Ralphio and Steve are related, but Nye instead opted for the theoretical physics underpinning the entire show. In other words, the science behind Mr. Clarke’s description of parallel universes.
“According to the multiverse theory, the continuous expansion of the universe has produced various pockets of energy that expanded exponentially to create other universes similar, and yet completely different from our own,” Nye explains as he literally multiplies onscreen. “Some scientists believe that this theory of the ancient universe’s rapid expansion suggests the possibility of multiverses.”
Nye’s brief comments on Mr. Clarke’s even briefer discussion of the matter may shed some light on the actual science behind the multiverse theory for all the non-scientist Stranger Things fans out there. Then again, as the Saves the World host concludes, “my money’s on ‘El’ traveling through space and time to be reunited with her Eggos.” Which would make Kate McKinnon’s take from Saturday Night Live all the more likely.