Actually the rules, and later numerous times Cam, have stated it's "come up with the action and then build your dice pool".
Human nature being what it is, lotsa folks tend to do the reverse to optimize success.
To me it felt longer than that and when there's a lot of dramatic tension in the air it, again to me, seemed like a significant detour. I totally get that the Duffers committed totally to that scene but it didn't work for me. It may be because that movie does not resonate with me as I never saw it.
I think Disney proved it could do great things with Rogue One in terms of exploring the universe and creating engaging characters. Yes it tied into the original trilogy but if the Mouse was to put the same effort into an original Rebellion* storyline it would get my money fast.
*No Jedi please...
It may be my failing memory but it seems like the color palette for many of the outfits has been dialed up to 11, even by '80s standards.
I looked at Dustin's radio antenna and thought "The reason you're not getting Suzie is your antenna design is pants". ;)
I kinda feel like this season is...
Having rewatched the movie recently I realized that after Captain Marvel, Wanda may be the most powerful hero out there*. It certainly looked like she was going to take down Thanos before he went with the nuclear option.
*Yes, I realize that there is plenty of room for debate here.