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" gives "Stranger Things - Season 3" a 8."
Written by on 8 October 2019.
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Stranger Things - Season 3

Fans of Stranger Things had to wait for nine months until the release of the third season, which was released on the 4th of July on Netflix. After the somewhat disappointing second season, there were high expectations for the third. But was the third season able to live up to these expectations?

Children grow up and this also applies to our group of friends. They have reached puberty and alongside that, love. Lots of love. Too much love for Stranger Things, actually. The first couple of episodes remind me of a romantic B movie from the eighties. And that is no compliment. I associate Stranger Things with excitement, mystery, horror and eighties vibes. It may have been due to my age, but I just thought it was a bit too slow.

Nonetheless, there is some mystery as Dustin intercepts a secret Russian message. He doesn't know a single word of Russian, so he calls upon his adult friend, Steve, as his less mature friends have often abandoned him and he's still upset about that. Steve works in the mall (Starcourt mall) in an ice cream shop (Scoops Ahoy) alongside his female colleague, Robin Buckley (Maya Hawke, Little Women). He doesn't have a clue as to what the message means either. Dustin and Steve think that they can figure everything out in secret, but that's far from true. Robin finds out and decides to help decipher the message.

This results in several groups in the third season, each with their own discoveries and theories. The sheriff of Hawkins and also foster dad of Eleven (Jim Hopper) works together with Joyce Byers, the mother of Will. Although Jim is initially more interested in spending time with Joyce, who he has clearly fallen in love with. The other son of Joyce has an internship at the local newspaper as a photographer. His girlfriend is an intern there as well. They discover that there are some crazy things happening in Hawkins involving rats. The others find out that Billy is missing and that once he is back, acts rather strangely. Strangely enough, no one else seems to notice.....

Structure wise this season isn't any different than the previous seasons. Strange things are happening in Hawkins and the group of friends is trying to solve these mysteries (at the risk of their own lives) and eventually all these mysteries seem to come together. This is all combined with a rad eighties vibe and a bit of horror. Nonetheless, I think that the horror wasn't that great this season. There certainly is some excitement, especially as I went further into the season. But that's just excitement. It isn't the type of horror that made the first season great. This happens because the humour is sometimes a bit forced and that unfortunately overpowers the rest. There was also too much of a focus on the romance of the teenagers.

If we look at just the eighties vibe, it was great, the music felt nice and the references to the eighties, for example Back to the Future, were old school (haha, get it?). The addition of new characters such as Robin and more screen time for characters such as Erica and Billy were great decisions from the Duffer brothers. Robin and Erica were great additions! Next to the previously mentioned points, I sometimes thought of the drama as forced, I witnessed cliché after cliché and I thought of 'The Flay' as mediocre. All in all, a decent third season and definitely an improvement over the second. I am already looking forward to the fourth season!
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