Let’s get this out of the way: I love Stranger Things.
The year season one was released, I went as Joyce Byers for Halloween, and the Squad had an overall favorable opinion of season two when we discussed it on this 2017 othersode. I’m not here to talk about the show’s inherent overall flaws, because plenty of people have done that already — despite being widely beloved, it has also been criticized for the way it leans heavily on nostalgia, for its lack of original ideas, and for stretching too far a plot that was intentionally meant to last eight episodes. All of those things are true, but let’s be real: this show is charming as hell, and I will watch it until it burns itself to the ground and becomes a monster made of its own remains.
That being said, I am having a hard time figuring out how I feel about Stranger Things 3. There are things about it that I loved, and there are things about it that I hated, and I really don’t know where that leaves my overall opinion. So, we’re going to play a game: I’m going to work through some of the different plot lines and themes of the season, decide whether or not each thing worked for me, and see where it leaves me at the end of this post.
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