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Stranger Things, Not So Strange Anymore

The pop-culture phenomenon is back. Is it still still the same? Maybe in a literal sense and is that any good?

First of all I would like to show that Stranger Things was the first Netflix show I have ever watched and that was after countless recommendation then season 2 premiered and the hype was through the roof, I couldn’t miss it. I found the first season captivating, interesting and mysterious. The mysterious disappearance of Will was a great plot, it gave the characters (both the kids and adults) a plausible motivation and also phenomenal character dynamics. We spent a lot of time with the kids just being kids, attending classes, experiencing bullying and having to confront supernatural events like normal people would. Then the second season was a bit disappointing, not a sharp as its predecessor. It introduced a lot of storylines, some of which were in my opinion unnecessary, e.g. the culmination of Eleven’s origin where she meets the other super powered children – looked like a cheap X-Men knockoff. But contrary to that, it introduced new likable characters, Billy and Max, brought more development to most characters. Even though the plot was a little familiar it felt like a continuation of the previous season and also had a satisfactory ending.

Third season. The show is back with the same old tired plot, the mind flare has a new host and it wants to destroy the world. It literally felt like déjà vu, I had seen that plot twice already except this time around it is boring due to the lack of the attributes that made the first two seasons enjoyable. We are done with the power plant storyline. Where do we go now? Oh, let’s bring some evil Russians to do the same thing from the first two season. Genius. On top of that the villain’s motivation is a bit unclear. If the villain really wanted to kill Eleven, then why did it take eight episodes to fulfill that goal? There is a point at the hospital where the mind flare goes after Nancy and Jonathan, it clearly states that it wants Nancy, it even pursues her and remember, Eleven was in right in the hospital too.

The characters were acting weird. They all wanted to do heroics, how do you even try to save the world from a super powered gigantic monster when you’re a regular teenager? It starts off well with different characters looking for answers but after finding them that’s when it all goes wrong. Dustin and Steve find out about a secret Russian project in the United States during the Cold War and the first thing they think of is getting help from their friends? How does that make sense? It is safe to call them delusional. Lastly, didn’t you find it odd that all the other people in the whole town seemed completely unaware of what is happening? There is giant monster roaming around town, on the mall’s rooftop and no one is aware but the characters? Surprisingly the monster could not care less about anybody else but these characters, what is so inherently special about them? Perhaps Eleven but judging from the mind flare’s actions that is not a plausible reason.

I had a bad experience watching this season. It took me four days to finish a supposedly binge worthy piece of television and that’s unusual. This season was not worth the wait. If the characters are too familiar with the reoccurring “strange” events, are they even still strange anymore?

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