I found Stranger Things this past winter when I was scrolling through Netflix looking for something to watch. I’ll admit, it took me a few episodes to get into it. Usually, I watch television while I’m cleaning or working on a project, so my attention is not 100% on the show. However, this did not work for Stranger Things. There are multiple story lines woven throughout the series that you really need to pay attention to. Needless to say, by the middle of season 1 I had reserved this show for watching at the end of my day before I went to sleep. That way I could devote my full attention.
By the end of season 2, I was hooked. I was invested in the characters and I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next. Was Eleven going to be able to have a somewhat normal childhood with Hopper? Was the Mind Flayer really gone? Would we ever get to know any more of Eleven’s siblings? Do they all have superpowers like her? And more. There were so many questions. Then season 3 premiered on July 4th.
Did you wait until midnight on July 4th to binge watch all the episodes? I may be a fan but I also like my sleep and there was no way I was doing that. But, I did start watching all of season 3 on July 4th. And wow!
My first reaction was wow! This is an intense season. It felt a little scarier and intense than other seasons. While season 1 was suspenseful, I didn’t think it was all that scary. Season 2 was definitely scarier but season 3 had them both beat. This was definitely not a show to watch with Peyton, in my opinion, this is way too much for young children and should be reserved for those 13+
Season 3 starts a year after season 2. It’s summer and everyone is hanging out by the pool or working summer jobs. It seems like a typical summer. But then this is Hawkins and nothing is ever typical here. First, we see Billy has not changed one bit, he’s still the same jerk that hits on married women but now he is the heartthrob lifeguard of the local pool. The original heartthrob Steve (Joe Keery) is now slinging ice cream at the mall. Mike (Finn Wolfhard ), Max (Sadie Sink), El (Millie Bobby Brown), Will (Noah Schnapp), and Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin ) are hanging out at each other’s house like typical kids. And Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo ) is just returning from summer science camp where we find out he found a girlfriend! Sounds like a pretty typical summer, right?
Well, when Dustin returns home he builds a super antenna to talk to his new girlfriend, Suzy. But he doesn’t connect with Suzy right away, instead, he intercepts a Russian coded message! Dustin ends up with Steve and they work on deciphering the message together and it doesn’t take long until the end up in trouble.
While Dustin and Steve are off to find out what the Russian’s are doing at the mall the rest of the gang is starting to realize things are not what they seem to be around town. I don’t want to give away too many spoilers but the Mind Flayer is not gone. It’s back. And it wants the town and all the people in it.
The fierceness of the Mind Flayer and how aggressive it is pursuing its desires is what makes the season scarier than previous seasons. It’s intense.
At the end of season 3 it feels like everything is wrapped up. Many of the characters seem to have some finality in their storylines. Some are off to a fresh start, some are staying behind and moving on towards the future and some did not make it through the season alive. It appeared this was the last season for Stranger Things. But remember to stick around through the final credits. There’s a little clip that opens up the possibility to a season 4.
So what did you think? Did you like season 3? Do you think there will be a season 4?