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Criticism | Stranger Things- Season 3

Since the last 4th of July, it is available in the catalog of Netflix, the new season of one of the most anticipated series of the year 2019 - that's because the second season only aired in 2017. It is undeniable that Stranger Things in addition to revolutionizing the entertainment market, it brought freshness to series lovers. A great bet from Netflix who bought the ideas from the creative minds of Duffer Brothers (Matt and Ross).

It has already been said here on the website that the 1980s have a predilection even for teenagers and young adults who were not born in the decade. It turns out that the 1980s has a magic that previous and subsequent decades lack. Stranger Things bets on nostalgia and nostalgia and praises the best decade to be a child, teenager and adult.


The plot begins with a time jump of two or three years - do you remember that the end of the second season was at the 1984 Winter Ball? In an interview with the portal Yahoo!, Ross Duffer, one of the creative brothers, screenwriters and directors, said that for the third year of Stranger Things, the time jump was necessary due to the growth of the children's cast.

Very well. It's summer in Hawkins (fictional rural city located in the state of Indiana, in the United States) and we are very close to the great national holiday, which is the 4th of July, the country's independence day. A big festival is being prepared by the city hall for the celebration of the date and the usual fireworks display. Well, that’s not really a spoilerafter all, during the months of disclosure of the new season, it was very clear that everything would happen on the 4th of July.

This time, the Russians are on American territory in an underground plant built below the Starcourt Mall, the city's shopping center. The interest is in fact to open the portal that Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) closed at the end of season 2. A highly radioactive and technological gadget, it does in minutes what men would take years to complete.

Creativity for the third year of Stranger Things is in the exact measure and despite the Duffer Brothers script the first two and the last two episodes of the season, the other writers and directors, were 100% aligned with the ideas of Duffer - which didn't happen in the second season. There was synchronicity in the plot, which made it much more dynamic and interesting to marathon.

Some factors contributed to the success of the third season. Are they:

  • The actors had the same screen time
  • The cast was divided into “cores”, which gave rise to the plot
  • Eleven did not carry the story on his back, taking everything for himself and saving the day
  • Each “core” put together a part of the puzzle, putting everything together at the end
  • The ripening of the plot brought prominence to adult characters
  • Protagonism and representativeness to other actors, removing the central focus of Eleven
  • Simple, unfilled central plot, dynamic text and easy to understand
  • LOTS of reference to pop culture and the nerd / geek lifestyle of the 80s


The drying of the episodes is worth highlighting. One less than the previous season, it makes all the difference. The duration of the episodes maintained an average of approximately 50 minutes for each episode - with the exception of the eighth and final chapter. The powers of Eleven they completely disappeared, causing the manual work of the children's cast to have an effect: the mind was the main catalyst to escape from this creature.

Highlights for the performance of Winona Ryder, that as always, gives a bath and always delivers a Joyce Byers incredible. Your partnership with David Harbor is undeniably perfect and what everyone hoped to happen, which is an atmosphere of romance between Jim and Joyce, in fact it happens. But “disappearance” (or death) of Hopper in the last episode, it disappoints and leaves the viewer completely unresponsive - especially when this suspense is carried to the end, during the post-credit scene showing and nothing is done.

New faces appeared in Stranger Things 3. It is the case of the actress Maya Hawke, who interprets Robin stupendously, the ice cream shop clerk Scoops Ahoy, located in the mall. The young actress is the daughter of the actress Uma Thurman (Kill Bill) and the actor and filmmaker Ethan Hawke (Boyhood, The Lord of the guns). Although young, Maya has great productions in the curriculum, such as films Little Women and Once Upon a Time in ... Hollywood.

Your character in the plot is extremely essential and necessary. In fact, it is she who sets the tone for the episodes to continue in a good flow. Not to mention representativeness LGBTQ that you carry with you. If you are a good observer, you will kill the riddle in the first scenes where your character appears.

Already Steve, character of Joe Keery gets a good prominence and next to Robin, Erica (Priah Ferguson) and Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), your character grows. The idea of "it is beautiful but it is not smart" falls apart when at crucial moments in history, however driven by an impulse from Robin, Erica or Dustin, has an effect. He takes initiatives and has some crazy but necessary ideas. And that story of friendship between woman and man, there is real and official - never forget that.

Feminism and Female Protagonism

Nancy (Natalia Dyer) is wonderful and shows that the girl power it is a lifestyle and is present in all women of all ages. She faces the macho orders of the editor of the city's newspaper, the The Hawkins Post, where she works serving coffees and snacks for journalists: all men. With incredible ideas in order to grab a vacancy or experience as an investigative journalist, she is always pruned by her superior, the editor-in-chief. In the third season, your character is undoubtedly one of the best.

Maxine (Sadie Sink) and Eleven they are increasingly together and united. Sorority. In an attempt to lift her friend's spirits due to a loving disappointment caused by Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Max takes her to the mall and makes Eleven discover that women do not need men to be happy, that a friend is enough to understand that life is lighter than imagined. Max introduces Eleven in another universe, on another level: that of self-love. Already said Cindy Lauper: girls just wanna have fun (girls just want to have fun, in English), to the sound of Material Girls, Madonna.

Suzie, with Z

You'll freak out when Dustin show up saying you're dating. In the beginning, you may even think that it is not true and that because of the fact that you were left at the Winter Ball of season 2 and if it weren't for Nancy would be there by now, comes to think that he is inventing all this by the fact that Mike and Eleven are dating (keep that information).

However, none of this is a lie. Dustinzinho is in love with Suzie, with Z - or Suzie-Cute, for the intimate. The actress who plays her is Gabriella Pizzolo, famous for its performance in Matildamusical Broadway. During seven episodes, she is only mentioned but in the last chapter of the series, Dustin and Suzie star in the best scene of the whole season: they sing the song from the movie  The Endless Story. Very cute!

And please, Netflixput Suzie, with Z next season Stranger Things.

"It is impossible to write America without Erica!"

Erica Sinclair, the sister of Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), had already been introduced to viewers the previous season. Perhaps an attempt to "mark the face" of the actress and show that in year 3, she would be extremely important for the progress of the plot. Indeed. Priah Ferguson showed that even as a child, she is an actress like that for a fan of Stranger Things no defect. He's cunning, natural, empowered, intelligent and ... nerdy. It's that story: "I became what I feared the most". The “nerdiness” of Erica is passionate and fun and shows that girls can be good with numbers, mathematical equations and have an alert mind.

Negative points

Mike this season was completely unnecessary. The actor remains very good, there is no denying that his choice for the cast of Stranger Things, it was a good hit there. Maybe it's because Mike he is entering his adolescence, maybe it is because he has become a boring gal or maybe, because he is in love and dating. He abandoned his friends and when he needed them most, he ran to them. If it had only appeared in the last episode, it would have been even better.

The misuse of Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) in the plot was NOT NECESSARY. In fact, the character only served as a parameter to detect the presence of the monster with chills on the back of his neck. Spoiled, silly, jealous ... I was about to be. Your character should have been better used, since he was already possessed by that creature and inhabited the Inverted World, having traces of the experience obtained in season 2, it would be interesting to know, for example, what the monster was thinking, for example. Anyway, some function for your character. As for the actor, he remains average.

What is the motivation of the Russians on American soil? Why did they want to open the portal? Obviously, these are questions that are likely to be answered next season - see the post-credit scene at the end of the eighth episode. The fact that Russia's presence in history was somewhat irrelevant. Perhaps if it were the scientists of the Hawkins Laboratory trying to reactivate the institution in a hidden and clandestine way, it would make better sense.

Final considerations

The series pleased. In fact, it pleased a lot. We had the best season Stranger Things since the debut. Although theories exist that Hopper didn't die and that he ended up in Inverted World and that criticisms of specialized criticism or do not indicate that Stranger Things 3 was the most of the same and that the Duffer Brothers found the recipe for success cake, I completely disagree.

We had a dynamic, fun, eighteenth-century plot to the extreme (which is good, of course, because it reinforces the identity in which the series is inserted), good script, clear and easy to understand text. Nothing that happened was a repetition of seasons 1 and 2, quite the opposite: there was something new and fresh, from photography to special effects and costumes.

The soundtrack remains perfect and the fact that Duffer Brothers act better in the script and direction of season 3, he only stressed that it is better that they are ahead of the project than that disaster, which was the second season. More representative themes can and should be addressed and expanded on those already shown, after all, representativeness matters.

Stranger Things surprised and I can't wait for the fourth year of the series, which for sure, will be confirmed by Netflix very soon - after all, doors have been opened and need to be closed. Before that, it would not be all bad, a special divided into two parts: the first, launched at Day of Thanksgiving (American date) and the second, in Christmas. Or, it would be better not to have even mentioned the respective holidays in the last episode.

Thunder Note
Dynamic, fun, with a great time for the facts to happen, without being involved and eighty in the extreme. The third season of Stranger Things brought freshness and novelty within the proposal created by brothers Matt and Ross Duffer. It is a must see! Habemus the best season of Sinister Bagulhos!


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