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Stranger Things Lie Ahead

Small town critic
July 3, 2019

This Thursday is July 4, which is traditionally a time where we gather as a nation to celebrate our independence with parades, backyard barbecues, and lots of fireworks. 

However this July 4, there might be more people huddled around their favorite multimedia device than watching fireworks because Netflix’s Stranger Things season 3 is set to premiere.  

Stranger Things first blew onto the scene in July of 2016 and instantly became one of Netflix’s most watched shows. If you haven’t seen it yet, stop reading this article and pull it up on your favorite device and watch it!  


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'Stranger Things' season 3 will be available on Netflix on July 4

In the first season, set in the early eighties we were introduced to the “Upside Down”--an alternate dimension where not-so-friendly monsters reside. A governmental agency had been using a psychokinetic girl named Eleven to open up a portal, which unfortunately sets one of these monsters loose in Hawkins, Indiana. The monster abducts a boy named Will. Will’s friends (Mike, Dustin, and Lucas) with the help of Eleven, who has escaped her captors, must find Will and slay the monster before it is too late. Season 1 does a great job of introducing us to universe of Stranger Things, as a child of the eighties, it was great to see all the references and be reminded of my childhood years.  

Season 2 does a great job of building on Season 1. We were teased at the end of Season 1 that all things were not fine with Will and that the monsters of the Upside Down were not vanquished as neatly as we had thought. The monsters (the main one dubbed the “mind-flayer”) are back in Season 2 and they continue to mess with Will. In the midst of all the chaos caused by the mind-flayer, Mike and Eleven’s relationship begins to bloom.  

At the climax of Season 2, Eleven closes the portal between our dimension and the Upside Down, sealing the creatures back into their own dimension. Or does she? In the last couple of minutes we see that the mind-flayer is still present lurking in the shadows.

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'Stranger Things' season 3 promotional photo - reminiscent of a 1980's movies poster

So what does Season 3 hold for us, on July 4th? Here are some of the questions I am hoping are answered: 

1) What love triangles are going to form this year? Are Hopper (David Harbour) and Joyce (Winona Ryder) going to hook up?

2) Is the mall a cover for the Hawkins National Laboratory?  

Which character that we like and will die horribly like Bob (Sean Austin) from Season 2?  

3) What fun 80’s fads will we see highlighted? What 80s movies will they pay homage too?


4) How are they going to get rid of the monster from the Upside Down dimension permanently? 

5) Is this the last season?

Where do YOU see Season 3 going? What are your thoughts on the previous two seasons? Leave them in the comments below!

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