I am still in pain.
After the credits of the last episode rolled on, I laid in bed for about 20 minutes, tears running down my face and neck, staring at the ceiling.
It was painful and emotionally devastating.
Two years after releasing its second installment, Stranger Things is back: grosser and more hilarious than ever. I’m not one that gives into the hype that much, but it all you’ve been hearing about this wonderful piece of television is true.
And it’s not just the music, the costumes, the acting and the story: the writing is good, the characters are human and, for a show about teenagers written by adults, the dialogues are pretty good.
That being said, let’s get my feelings involved: I loved it. I wrote about Stranger Things back in the day, right after it came out and everybody was talking about it and honestly, I was not that much of a fan. (You can go ahead and read it. I’m highly skeptical about it.)
Honestly, I’m quite shocked. I did a 180 and completely changed my mind about it. That never happens to me.
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT AND FRIENDSHIPS
Something I appreciated a lot in this third season was the relationships, both friendships and romances, between the kids and the adults that made you feel at home. While season 2 had a more blatant and in-your-face development, like Steve and the rest of the gang, this season saw them going through puberty and really growing up.
Because everybody does it at a different pace: Mike and Lucas have girlfriends, they have outgrown their need to “play” with their friends, but Will hasn’t. He isn’t interested in girls and chasing after them, he just wanted to play D&D with this best friends and have fun.
When Mike gets angry at him and calls him out on this, you can truly see on his face how much that hurt him. Which brings me to my next point:
“It’s not my fault you don’t like girls!”
As soon as Mike said this, my mind immediately went: “Please Duffer Brother, let Will be queer!”. Personally, I think it could be a great opportunity for the introduction of an asexual character in a mainstream and extremely popular show. They had the same chance on Riverdale, where the character of Jughead was asexual in the comics and they decided to go another way.
Asexuality is under- or even not at all represented: aside from what Jughead could have been, I cannot think of another asexual character currently on TV.
Speaking of, as much as I thought Robin was perfect for Steve, I’m super glad they made her character a lesbian. It was a breath of fresh air.
I can’t talk about Hopper and Joyce. I can’t because I’ll cry. He better be alive. For Joyce’s sake and most of all, Eleven’s.
I loved Nancy this season. LOVED HER! She was a badass woman trying to show a bunch of sexist and misogynistic assholes that she was right. She wasn’t there to be bossed around: she was a woman on a mission and I LOVED IT.
Speaking of strong and independent women, I loved the relationship between Eleven and Max: even when Max was being a teenager and giving El all kinds of bad advice on how to deal with Mike, she showed her how to be her own person, to be herself and to stand up for what she wanted.
I loved it.
The fact that the Russians hadn’t played a bigger role in the show before should have come to mind a lot sooner, but I was surprised for a moment when they introduced them and then I went: “Of course. It’s the 80s.”
Other than that, no matter how kind of predictable it was, I enjoyed it. It gave me another chance to remind myself that I still don’t know shit: Aside from reading in Russian, I did not understand what they were saying. And I studied Russian for 5 years!
But this is not a post about my ignorance of Russian: it’s about villains. And Billy was the perfect one.
They had already introduced him in season 2 as the “Bad Guy” and honestly, his storyline made me sad. I don’t know why, since he was a horrible person, even when he wasn’t being possessed by the MindFlayer.
Dacre Montgomery played it beautifully. The empty look in his eyes juxtaposing his terrifying demeanor truly scared me. It was haunting.
LET’S BE A PUNDIT FOR A SEC
For a second, let’s get into the game of predictions: SEASON 4.
The could do a time jump. The kids are growing up so fast and they can’t all play 15 forever and I’m guessing season 4 is going to take quite a long time. And I truly truly hope they’re gonna go on a rescue mission to save Hopper because I firmly believe he is alive, behind that door in the Russian compound.
Also, let’s give Will more to do and MORE RECOGNITION! I have been saying it for ages: Noah Schnapps’ talents are being underused this season. HE IS PHENOMENAL.
Even though it’s already been more 4 months since the show came out, I felt like putting together a bunch of random thoughts I had written down and never posted.
I think I might need a bit more time before I’m able to fully process this season and watch it again but… I can’t wait.
Let me know your thoughts about this explosive third season! I also wrote another post in collaboration with thehollywoodblogger.com!
Also, I wrote this post back in August and for whatever reason never posted it! I don’t know what is wrong with me. I have two about “Sex Education” I wrote in January and February. Let me know if you’re interested in reading them!