My husband rarely binges anything. He likes to watch one or two episodes at a time (regardless of length), then marinate in his feelings for a day or two before watching more. This works fine most of the time because that’s about how much of my evening I want to give up to watching stuff before switching to a game or a project.
But Stranger Things season 3 is a rare exception— we binged it in a day! I suspect for several reasons (we started in the morning, didn’t go to a movie in the afternoon as he’d agitated for, it’s only 8 episodes, and it’s frankly not the kind of heavy show that requires a lot of soul-searching to know how you feel about it). Which was super fun for the 4th of July, but now we’ve finished the show long before our friends and I have thoughts, so now you get my Stranger Things review. ♥
When we return to our heroes, the gate has been closed, the Mind Flayer stuck behind it; Mike and El are swapping spit every day in Hopper’s cabin to the police chief’s sitcom-dad chagrin; Joyce is struggling to move on after Bob’s death; Nancy and Jonathan are interning at The Hawkins Post where Nancy is dealing with general sexist assholery from the reporters and Jonathan is apparently not worried about it; Dustin returns home from summer camp with a high-range ham radio invention and stories of a brilliant and beautiful girlfriend; Steve is slinging ice cream at the new Starcourt Mall having failed to get into college; Will really wants to play D&D again and is aghast at his friends’ preoccupation with their girlfriends; and Lucas and Max are…there, I guess.
Okay, here’s the spoiler-free review: it’s solidly entertaining. The actual overarching monster plot line is repetitive, but the kids’ stories really liven it up to the point that you don’t super care about it. The kids (and young adults) have way better stories than the adults, which is fine except that you still spend a lot of time with Hopper and Joyce and it feels sort of inexplicable when their development is relatively shallow. But they spend time with some really fun characters that I’m glad we got to enjoy, so I can’t be too mad about that.
And now…spoilers follow!
So that’s where we are with Stranger Things Season 3— plenty of fun to be had, but also a few disappointments along the way, which I’d say is to be expected. A solid B+.