The very first time I watched Stranger Things was back in the summer of 2016. I remember my Facebook and Instagram feeds being clogged with Stranger Things memes and pages and I thought why is everyone watching this show? What is so special about it? So I gave it a go.
I binged watched the first season in just over a week and I loved it. I instantly became a fan of the characters and the 80s nostalgia vibes – even though I was not born in the 80s so can’t relate. I loved the clever storyline the Duffer Brothers adopted about this ‘other’ ‘alien’ world and the innocence of the then kids.
The kids drew me in with their witty comments and statements and the way they relate to each other and welcome the outsider – Eleven – into their group. It reminded me of my childhood and the need for belonging.
Anyway fast forward to next year with season 2. I remember thinking that season 2 was OK, not as good as the first season, as shows usually are, but still gripping and satisfactory. The story was developing, it was more concentrated on the characters rather than Will and his disappearance in the upside down.
I just finished watching season 3 and Oh my God, this season is by far the best one. Exceeds season 1 and 2 put together. I especially love that the characters are all teenagers now and deal with real life problems like going to school, studying and relationships. All these relationships this season tho, poor Will.
The ‘mini’ storylines that every couple/set of characters has – Mike and Eleven wanting to be together but Hopper acting as a third wheel trying to separate them; Hopper and Joyce (I ship them so much) with later on added additions of Alexi and the other dude, trying to find the underground Russian gate; Steve, Dustin and Robin, who is btw my new favourite trio, with the also later added addition of Lucas’s sister, Erica *you can’t spell America without Erica* just fyi also battling the Russians and of course Eleven and Max having their girly time. You get the picture.
The only thing that I found was missing was that there was not so much upside down interaction going on. Now that we know more about the upside down and the monsters – the Demogorgon and the Mindflayer, it would have been good to see more of that.
I finished watching season 3 in a week and I loved it too much that I want season 4 already. Season 3 ended on a cliffhanger and one question that I will be replaying in my head till the next time it comes back on – Who is the American in the Russian cell?
Who do you think it is?