The Netflix smash hit Stranger Things celebrated America’s independence day by delivering a brand new season for it’s viewers. The third season of this show brought 8 fully packed episodes to tell more of the story of Mike, Dustin, Lucas, Will, and Eleven.
The ever-expanding ensemble cast grew a bit more in the new season. A snarky teen girl, Robin, shows up as a coworker to the BMOC Steve Harrington. Robin, played by Maya Hawke, proves to be a refreshing addition to the group dynamics. We even meet a new set of villains that the crew gets to battle.
Initial trailers for season 3 told viewers that we’d be enjoying the summer (and Independence Day) in Hawkins, Indiana. We get to see how these characters have developed into teenagers. We see Eleven learn more about life outside the lab as a teen girl. There’s also a big Fourth of July carnival, where we are introduced to Hawkins’ Mayor Larry Kline, portrayed by Cary Elwes.
The season moves the story quickly though eight episodes. It blends the coming-of-age elements with the supernatural storyline quite well. As the characters are growing, they face more challenges on both fronts. This has become standard for the show. The writers often hop around to different character groups to build to a crescendo as they work towards the climax for each season. Because of that, viewers get to see plot points like teen romance from several perspectives.
As always, there are nods to the time period throughout. Set in 1985, viewers are treated with New Coke, Back to the Future, and Magnum, P.I. There’s even a rather excellent shopping montage. The mall is practically a character in this season, after all.
Season 3 of Stranger Things proved to be a fantastic new addition to the show. All three seasons are currently available for streaming on Netflix.