Ep 8 is shorter than ep 7. Ep 7 was/is 1hr 40min. I happened to notice it as I started it. But yeah, I had heard the last ep was movie length.For those complaining about the episode lengths the last two are going to be more feature length, Episode 8 will be 1 hour 25 min and episode 9 will be 2 hours 30 min!
Keep in mind that this show takes place in the 80s. So while they might have been a bit overdone, those cliques very much existing during those times.And does every movie and show that takes place in high school now have to trot out the same old tropes - the cliques with the nerds, the jocks, the beautiful snobby girls. The scene where pretty much the entire school surrounds El and is laughing and taunting her was ridiculous, people don't behave like that en masse. It was also very unpleasant to watch.