Stranger Things returns to Netflix for season 3 on July 4, a fine date to celebrate the Dungeons & Dragons-loving kids of Hawkins, Indiana. The monstrously popular show has more Upside Down ground to cover in season 3, having spent season 1 opening the gate to the opposite dimension filled with Demogorgons, then seemingly closing it in season 2.Before we see if that rift was locked shut for good -- let's face it, probably not -- let's go back and remember the key moments in the bike-riding adventures of Mike, Will, Dustin and Lucas -- and Eleven. We can't forget the Eggo sales influencing lab experiment cuter than ET.Season 1Will disappearsCast your mind back to the very first episode, when we first heard Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein's swirling synth soundtrack and met the aforementioned Dungeons & Dragons-playing best friends. The nerdy but cool Mike, Will, Dustin and Lucas slay imaginary monsters from a saturated brown basement in '80s-set Hawkins, Indiana.However, one night, … [Read more...] about Stranger Things recap: Everything that happened before season 3
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Despite what some viewed as the blip of season 2, Stranger Things has always had a winning formula of loveable misfits, '80s nostalgia and a Spielbergian-King sense of heart and horror.All of that abounds in season 3, a tighter, faster-paced slightly shorter run of eight episodes that manages to tap every emotional vein of childhood (even for those who didn't grow up in the '80s) while leaking more monsters from the Upside Down. This focus on what the show does best is a smart return to form for creators the Duffer Brothers, despite a creeping yet evident strain on keeping the terrors fresh for the kids of Hawkins, Indiana.As with the two previous seasons, a threat looms from the ever-murky and generic science lab world of men in white coats, who have pretty ill-advised designs on the small town of Hawkins. Meanwhile, those who remember the lasting shot of season 2 will recall that the gigantic spider-like Mind Flayer remains trapped but intact in the Upside Down. Its threat is tapped … [Read more...] about Stranger Things season 3 review: A brilliant return to form
This post contains a lot—a lot—of spoilers for Stranger Things, but you’ve probably watched it by now, haven’t you? What are you waiting for? The world of Netflix’s Stranger Things orbits around a trio of preteen boys who set out in search of their best friend when he disappears under deeply mysterious circumstances. But a few of the hit show’s vital female characters burn particularly brightly, like the psychokinetic young fugitive Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), mother-on-a-mission Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder), and the ill-fated cult favorite Barb (Shannon Purser). But ultimately, the young woman who’s stuck with me the most is a relatively unsung heroine. That would be Nancy Wheeler (played with understated brilliance by Natalia Dyer), older sister to Mike—friend to Will Byers, the missing boy—and herself best friend to Barb. Through Nancy, Stranger Things indicts horror’s historically narrow-minded, sexist portrayals of teenage … [Read more...] about In praise of Nancy Wheeler, the unsung feminist heroine of ‘Stranger Things’
This past Friday, Netflix released the second season of its hit series Stranger Things. Last year, the show appeared out of nowhere, catching pretty much everyone by surprise with its combination of retro-‘80s nostalgia and Steven Spielberg-meets-Stephen King storytelling. But this year, it was all about the expectations, with the streaming service creating a wave of hype that framed the show’s return as one of the must-watch entertainment events of the year. Now that we’ve actually had a chance to see what series creators the Duffer brothers put together for the sequel, a group of us here at The Verge decided to sit down and discuss our feelings about Stranger Things season 2. The nostalgia, new characters like Eight, Billy, and Bob, and the unanswered questions — we’re going to dig into it all. It should probably go without saying, but just in case:spoilers ahead. Did the new season recapture that surprise Stranger Things magic? Bryan: I really loved the … [Read more...] about Question Club: Is Stranger Things season 2 a worthy sequel to the original?
New actors have joined the cast of "Stranger Things," making season 2 even more fun to speculate about. Actor Sean Astin ("Lord of the Rings" trilogy) will play Bob Newby, a "kindhearted former nerd who went to high school with Joyce (Winona Ryder) and Hopper (David Harbour) and now manages the local Hawkins RadioShack," Entertainment Weekly reported Monday. Related stories Relive the creepiest 'Stranger Things' moments with cute Funko figures Retro 'Stranger Things' news report on Barb's disappearance 'Stranger Things' recipes let you dine on a Demogorgon It will be interesting to see what electronic gizmos the characters piece together next season thanks to having a friend at RadioShack. On the bad guy side, actor Paul Reiser ("Mad About You," "Aliens") will play Dr. Owens, a "high-ranking member within the Department of Energy on a 'clean-up' assignment, tasked with containing the events of last year." Reiser, best known for his comedic roles, was also brilliant as the bad guy … [Read more...] about ‘Stranger Things’ adds a hobbit and more to its cast