Stranger Things season 3 is out and our group of small town heroes are confronted by an even more intense evil than previously.
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3 out of 5
The boisterous bunch of adventurers is back, and so too is the evil Mind Flayer.
The kids are less innocent, smarter and, of course, more intrigued by their growing connections with the opposite sex.
This makes the show a little less cool, as in my opinion childhood reaches a screeching halt as the burden of adulthood looms. I don’t want to watch that and relive the death of the good times.
The party of six starts to fragment as the youngsters pair off.
The most valuable member of the team, Eleven, who has magical powers, is dating Mike while Lucas is going steady with the newest member of the group, Max.
This leaves Dustin and Will on the outs, although Dustin claims to have a girlfriend in Utah.
Will grows frustrated with his friends being more concerned with perfecting their skills at making out instead of playing Dungeons & Dragons like they used to.
The evil lab where the dark portal was opened is again being tampered with, this time by Russians.
The third season of Stranger Things was decent enough.
Not an awful lot happens to Will’s character – he throws a tantrum or two and gets chills on his neck whenever evil is around as he was taken by the shadow monster last season.
They made the monster more flesh-like this season, which provides a few slimy thrills. Frustrating, though, are the loose ends that don’t get revisited, for instance Eleven’s sister, who has psychic ability, doesn’t reappear.
Introducing the mall was a nice touch as this plays a large role in a teen’s life.
The 80s pop-culture references – including the Day of the Dead and Back to the Future – remain a highlight.
Lucas’ sister, Erica Sinclair, steals the show with her sass and there were just enough twists to keep me invested till the next season, but the writers will need to dig deeper.