Stranger Thing 3 – “Third Time’s the Charm” (Spoiler-Free)

It’s 1985 in Hawkins, Indiana, and summer’s heating up. School’s out, there’s a brand new mall in town, and the Hawkins crew are on the cusp of adulthood. Romance blossoms and complicates the group’s dynamic, and they’ll have to figure out how to grow up without growing apart. Meanwhile, danger looms. When the town’s threatened by enemies old and new, Eleven and her friends are reminded that evil never ends; it evolves. Now they’ll have to band together to survive, and remember that friendship is always stronger than fear.

Review

That Nomad Shad – After the disappointing final season of Game of Thrones and Black Mirror season 5, I fully understand if audiences would be sceptical that the third season of Stranger Things would deliver the goods. However, the Duffer Brothers have outdone themselves, putting together one of the best seasons to date.

We pick up a few months after the events of the second season, and in the heart of 1985. The gang has been split apart through new relationships and growing pains when the Mind Flayer returns. I don’t want to delve too deeply into the story details for fear of spoilers. It’s a terrifying challenge, which tests the group dynamics.

Unseen forces pose a new threat to Hawkins

Despite only being eight episodes in length, the show wastes no time in establishing the threat at hand. Every episode is a new problem to be solved with some terrifying revelations with excellent leading to some tense action set pieces. The two last episodes of the season provide some of the best moments of the show.

The gang face their biggest threat to date.

The third season does have some minor flaws with some of the humour feeling misplaced, but overall the show has been excellent. By far the best character in this season is Erica Sinclair, Lucas’s sassy sister.

Stranger Things 3 far exceeded my expectations for this season, provided a thrilling and emotional ride from start to finish. Its excellent pacing will have you chowing through the season in next to no time.

9/10

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