After a long period between the second and third season, where it seems that the Netflix put us in Inverted World, Stranger Things finally returns for 8 new episodes. With the expectation up there, a hype absurd, and even a promotional material promising a great return, the series arrives at the beginning of the American holiday of 4 July, and fortunately, it shows what it came for loud and clear, as well as the cry of a Demogorgon.
With a farewell atmosphere, Stranger Things so far, it has made its most solid season in terms of narrative construction, and development of its characters, where we still see the series introducing new pieces for this great head that the production has always presented us with. By mixing fun moments with drama teen more robust hitchhiking in the growth of the characters, Stranger Things 3 turns out to be the emancipation of Eleven and company, and makes a season full of new and exciting mysteries, fun shopping trips, and an unforgettable summer, both for the protagonists and for the audience that returns to Hawkins after several months of waiting.
The Duffer brothers seem more comfortable with the characters that were created and with the kind of story they want to tell here in Stranger Things 3. The plot seems to have been developed and planned with more care, and unlike the second year, it is clear that the producers are able to deliver episodes without that pressure of having to overcome a great first season. In the third year, it is clear how the small details are felt and that totally made a difference, where Stranger Things 3, seems to build his new year, in a way that the story is told in a fractional way, in small focus groups of characters, than trying to be a gigantic and epic thing all the time.
Clear, Stranger Things 3 steps on the accelerator with the arcs of the old characters, mainly Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown, very well) and the boys Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo, steals all the scenes), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), and Will (Noah Schnapp). And the new year still gives the viewer a chance to also take advantage of the other supporting actors who get more highlights and longer screen times than there in the second season as Max (Sadie Sink), Billy (Dacre Montgomery) and Erica (Priah Ferguson) earn in the third year.
Bicycles and board games are on the side, where Stranger Things begins to focus on relationships between group members, where priorities change, stories get more mature and different characters interact more with each other. Eleven gains his own voice, Mike and Lucas share problems with the girls, and Will suffers from having wasted so much time in the Inverted World, and that here ends up just being a lightning rod for the arrival of the villains.
The same goes for adult plots like the detective Hopper (David Harbor, an indication coming? ), Joyce (Winona Ryder, great), Steve (Joe Keery) and the couple Nancy (Natalia Dyer) and Jonathan (Charlie Heaton), where no matter how different the plots are, they end up connecting with the stories of the teenagers ahead. Thing that Stranger Things 3, manages in a completely natural and fluid way to introduce new figures for the plot and for the events that move the city on the eve of the great holiday of July 4th.
Like this, Stranger Things 3 presents us his story for his new year with the arrival of the shopping center of Starcourt, allied with a Russian spy plot, and hormone-laden teenagers on full summer holidays, and brings it all together, with little other sub-stories that take a a certain time to connect with each other, one of the registered trademarks of the series there in its first year, where here, the series returns in an even more exciting way to follow.
All in Stranger Things 3 it seems to be on the scene to lead to something ahead, be it the creation of a portable mini-satellite, or a case of missing fertilizer. And the producers are careful to wrap the story with an even more delicious track to be heard with music from The Cars, Madonna,The Poynter Sisters, Foreigner, Peter Gabriel, extravagant costumes, after all it’s 1985, and the US needs to show its opulence to the world with great hair, colorful and flashy clothes, isn’t it ?. The process of setting the characters in that decade, whether with references to the films of the time as Back to the future (1985), Day of the Dead (1985), Karate Kid – The Moment of Truth (1984), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) only show the care that the production took in placing the city Hawkes in that specific period of time.
Like this, Stranger Things 3 is marked by an increasing tone in its plot, where there for episode 4 – The Sauna Test we begin to see great north arrive, where our theories have become certainties as the Duffer brothers give us answers to everything that has happened, even in a silent way until then. Stranger Things so start walking towards your end of season that starts in the frantic 3 × 07 – The Bite and concludes its new year in the devastating 3 × 08 – The Battle of Starcourt.
Stranger Things ends his new year with a darker air, but ends his story again with a round ending and supported by resolutions that invoke a sense of seriousness and that works the consequences of the characters’ decisions as a way to end yet another new cycle, where the future of the series seems to be at stake. In the end, Stranger Things 3 it makes for an explosive and colorful season, just like the fireworks of Hawkins’ sky on an illuminated holiday night.
The three seasons of Stranger Things are available on Netflix.