Cast: Millie Bobbie Brown, David Harbour, Winona Ryder, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery, Maya Hawke
No. of Episodes: 8
Creators: The Duffer Brothers
THIS IS A SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF THE SHOW
It wasn’t long ago that Netflix came up with the biggest ever series of the modern time, Stranger Things. In 2016, a new era, of streaming services, began with what could be only called the 'best horror series in recent years'. And the Duffer Brothers, the creators of the series, never looked behind from that moment, surprising everyone and proving that even a streaming service can attract a massive audience.
This time too, the episodes are directed by various persons, including the Duffer brothers themselves (“Chapter One: Suzie, Do You Copy?”, “Chapter Two: The Mall Rats”, “Chapter Seven: The Bite”, and “Chapter Eight: The Battle of Starcourt”), but it never feels boring or exhausting in any of the 8 of them.
Coming onto the beloved characters, then they all shine, again, whether it’s El aka Eleven (Millie Bobbie Brown), Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Jim Hopper (David Harbour), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Steve (Joe Keery), Nancy (Natalia Dyer), Joyce (Winona Ryder), or any other character. Additionally, new faces like the girl named Robin (Maya Hawke) and a short but sweet appearance of a Russian named Dr. Alexie (Alec Utgoff) are also great to watch.
The best thing about this show is its ability to make you connected wholeheartedly with every character you see on screen. And the third season is no exception to this fact.
Talking about this season’s highlights, then Dustin Henderson and Lucas’s sister, Erika Sinclair (Priah Ferguson), are no doubt a delight to watch, especially when it comes to the fun segment, to keep everyone lighter, even in a tense and highly dangerous situation. There’s something extra that this season does. That, of creating circumstances where you start liking an old character which you didn’t find much interesting, initially, in the last two seasons. Like Steve Harrington.
In season 3, he’s one character whose emotions are shown in a much detailed manner and the way he makes you laugh, in all the scenes with Dustin. You get related to him, with his own problems and complexities.
Same is the case with Robin. However, she’s a new addition to the show but her story is very compelling and engaging as she tells Steve about all her varied feelings for the someone she likes and loves! Her arc, with Steve, will definitely take a new direction in the next season. And she might already be a fan favorite, too, after season 3.
But it’s a teen drama along with being a horror show too, right? And speaking of that, the monsters shine again! Although ‘the door’ was closed by El in season 2 finale, but somehow a bunch of dangerous Russian people, is trying to open that again this time. And all the teenagers and adults, in Hawkins, Indiana, who are aware of the ‘mind flayer thing’ are trying their every bit stop it from wreaking havoc again in the town.
In this otherwise mindboggling season, there are tiny moments, however, where you may feel not bored but kind of curious about what’s about to come next, in the next episode. From that perspective, some viewers will try to, rapidly, skip some portions of the first three episodes. Once you enter the fourth one, the momentum just begins like a roller coaster ride.
At the end of the last chapter, “The Battle of Starcourt” there’s also a post-credits scene, teasing a new story. And by the look of it, it seems that a new Russian plot will be shown in the fourth season.
And one more thing, that is inevitable, is the anticipation of die-hard fans who will now be looking forward to another adventure-filled journey of the people in Hawkins.
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