Stranger Things season 3 definitely gave what it set out to promise: excitement, thrill and a bit of an emotional turmoil. As the kids grew, so did the show and the story. Though, it was not what you would call a perfect season. It’s definitely worth binge-watching despite a few inconsistencies.
There was definitely more cohesive story telling compared to the previous seasons. We knew the motivation and intention behind each character. Everyone had more of a clear idea on what they were trying to uncover. Plus, the show runners decision to divide up the groups again went surprisingly well. It perfectly illustrated how teamwork played an important role.
Dustin, Steve, Erica and Robin Make the Perfect Team
We saw a lot of characters relying on each other while still moving forward with their lives. The main gang Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Will (Noah Schnapp), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) and Max (Sadie Sink) hang out all summer at the mall. Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) comes back from summer camp where he has found a girlfriend that is apparently hotter than Phoebe Cates. Sadly, Dustin doesn’t get to spend much time with his pals until the very end. But you can’t complain since Dustin being paired up with Steve (Joe Keery), Robin (Maya Hawke) and Erica (Priah Ferguson) was comedically satisfying. The group shared an amazing chemistry that felt authentic. Robin stole the show in every scene she was effortlessly. Erica’s confident personality was a great addition. Of course, Steve’s constant character development into the nice guy who cares deeply about the kids is always wholesome to witness. Plus, him being supportive to Robin when she came out to him as gay was a great moment too.
Stranger Things | Main Gang
Back to our main gang where a sweet friendship blossoms between Max and El over their mutual disappointment over their respective boyfriends. The show did give some more personality to Eleven other than her being a superhero that fights unspeakable monsters or just being a girlfriend to Mike. There’s an adorable moment where Max introduces her to the Wonder Woman comics. Soon, the girls discover that something is wrong with Max’s brother Billy (Darce Montgomery) and a girl Heather Holloway. Meanwhile, Will warns Mike and Lucas about a sensation he’s feeling. Will thinks the Mind Flayer is back. That is when we finally see the kids back together in their common goal of defeating the monsters that have wrecked havoc in Hawkins. It only took a few episodes, the pace was a bit slow. But perhaps we needed to see the characters in another light in order to add depth to them.
Adults On Their Own Adventure In Stranger Things
The story is actually quite engaging right from the very first episode when we see Nancy (Natalia Dyer) and Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) intern at the Hawkins Post. Those two investigate a supposed rabid rat which we soon find out is something from the Upside Down. Meanwhile, Joyce (Winona Ryder) curiosity about why her magnets keep falling down from the fridge leads to quite a huge discover about the Mind Flayer and the Upside Down. Hopper (David Harbour) and Joyce spent a considerable amount of screen time this season while they’re paired up with a kidnapped Russian scientist Alexie and Murray Bauman. These four represent the adults of the show, whose job is to save the kids, but they’re left figuring out their own piece of the puzzle. The Russian scientist is their key they have to unlock since he has knowledge of the machine the Russians used to open up the gate which brought the Mind Flayer to their realm. While this subplot makes sense and leads to a lot of entertainingly adventurous as well as emotionally heartbreaking moments, there’s a huge thing the show runners completely ignore. The Russians!
Somebody Explain the Russians Involvement In This
We just know that the Russians are the bad guys just like the Mind Flayer is the bad guy. But why are they trying to open the gate to bring him to their reality? Don’t the Russians know the Mind Flayer is bad news? With Chernobyl, the Russians were simply careless. With Stranger Things they’re painted out to be the evil guys. In its prior seasons, Stranger Things gave more depth to the villains (the evil scientists at Hawkins Lab which did cruel experiments on children like El). With this it seems like the show runners just added in the Commie Russians as the bad guys since there was paranoia rampant in the 1980’s in a blatantly capitalist America. The Russians being the villains was a hollow subplot represented by the pitiful Arnold Schwarzenegger look alike. The political undertones in this season felt forced and it wasn’t clear why it was even mentioned in the first place.
Though, it was certainly an entertaining watch with an emotional ending that would have you crying for days. It did not bring about the same feeling of fresh new excitement that the first season initially did but the story telling evolved in a meaningful way. Stranger Things was almost perfect, and definitely worth the watch.