There wasn’t much in the way of games last week, but when you’ve got a fresh Stranger Things season to binge, maybe that’s not such a bad thing.
El, Will, Dustin, Max, Lucas and Mike returned Friday Australian time, along with the rest of the Hawkins, Indiana crew to set the stage for Stranger Things‘ third season. The season opens with a lot that’s familiar, but also a lot of subtle changes, which sets the scene for what Stranger Things is really about now. It’s probably best described as Aliens meets YA, with the early episodes especially focusing on the complications of puberty and what happens to the Hawkins crowd as they get older.
I know a lot of people who feel that Stranger Things should have stopped after season one, not unlike Russian Doll recently. I didn’t mind the second season, and it was still good TV. But expectations can be hard to manage when you nail something out of the gate as well as Stranger Things did, and I’m glad that Netflix has continued with the series.
So for people who binged it over the weekend: what did you think? Does it still have that trademark humour? Are the performances — particularly Winona Ryder and David Harbour — still worth the watch? And how does the Upside Down fare three years in?