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And here's the final trailer for Season 3:

 

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Watch the first two episodes so far and am digging it. The mall has come to Hawkins and that's all I care about. Do we have to deal with monsters again? Can't we just have shopping montages and maybe have Dustin and Steve forget all the Russian bullshit and just wander around hitting on girls?

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Actual incredible season of television.  Love all the love letters to Dawn of the Dead, Red Dawn and Terminator.  The whole season was a fantastic allegory for that moment when we all had to grow up and leave part of us, no matter how much we love it, behind.  I was a kid that moved a lot and had to say a ton of goodbyes, so the ending of this hit me REALLY hard.

Steve going from repugnant douche to lovable dope is one of my favorite character transformations ever.  The final episode is just a rollercoaster of emotions. I laughed. I ugly cried. I was terrified.

The "Neverending Story" scene is one of the most absurd things I've ever seen and I'll remember it forever.

This might be the only season of the series that actually scared me. The horror was a bit more mature, and because the threat had the appearance of being human, it made it more relatable and scary.

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Yep absolutely. I binged till 2am.

Embrace the absurdity 

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Finished the season last night with my brother. It was fantastic, probably my favorite if not the best one (which I leaning towards it being). RandomAct already said lot of what I was thinking when watching it.

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Finished last night. I think more than the other two seasons this season really got to lean hard on characters instead of plot and I think it was so much better for it. I mean who really gives a shit about the upside down and how they stop the monster? You could probably mine a billion plot holes but I did not give a fuck. It was all about how the characters interacted with each other through out. Scoop Troop. Mike and Will's blow up, Magnum Hopper. That's the juice, folks.

Gotta be one of the most entertaining ensembles ever, and they've done a super good job on the characters they add. Robin, like Max the year before, just  kills it. Was not a fan of "Bald Eagle", but whatever.

Before the season started I felt like I'd be okay if this was the end. And the last scene(before the credits) felt like it would have been a great ending. But that loose end makes me want to see the fourth, and I think that should be a wrap. Also totally cool if it's just a spinoff of Steve and Robin in a Clerks style series, with Dustin and Erica coming in to talk shit.

 

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I agree with Jae in regards to Murray. He's a decent character in small doses, but they leaned a bit too heavily on him here. I did like his banter with Alexei(who was just adorable tbh) though.

One thing I forgot to mention, is that it was cool that they didn't have Eleven to rely on to beat the monster this time. I was worried they'd go that route again, and it'll be cool to see how she copes without powers going forward.

Jim's face here sums up everything about this scene....

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Part of me wanted them to ditch Murray and bring Mr. Clarke into the fold for the final act, but it probably would have been too complicated. Also I enjoy Mr. Clarke being blissfully unaware of how helpful he is in saving the world with his sage advice.

Teachers are the real heroes folks.

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I can’t stand Brett Gelman so I would sort of zone out when he was on screen, he’s not Stingray from Cobra Kai annoying but still pretty annoying. The Nancy and what’s his name scenes seemed to go on forever and honestly if they’re “away at college” for most of the next season I’d be fine with that. My biggest nitpick was the video store, that looked nothing like a video store circa 1985 it just looked like a redressed version of the chain who bought the product placement, video stores back then were more like the one in Clerks.

I really want a Dustin, Steve, Robin and Erica spin-off, they did such a great job infiltrating the Soviet bunker that some government agency makes them Jr. Spy’s or something. 

Even with all they’ve been through I can’t see Mike and Lucas hanging with Dustin once they hit high school and I wonder if that’s something they’ll explore next season. 

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Dustin has always kinda been the 5th wheel anyway, once Will was back into the fold.  He's the definition of the elementary school friend that you just kinda outgrow, loveable though he may be.

You're right about Jonathan and Nancy. They didn't really add much this season, after kinda being the anchors of season 2.  There were a couple of nicer video stores in the 80s, pre-Blockbuster explosion. I remember there being a decent local store when I was growing up in Meridian, MS.  Used to rent a green tape that had episodes of M.A.S.K.

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I think part of Nancy/Jonathan's problem was the development was mostly about Nancy dealing with the press room being a gross boy's club. I liked that stuff. By the time they started working on the mystery they just kind of stalled out, while Hopper and Joyce were already kind of doing their bit.

Jonathan didn't get much in the way of development at all. If he's not dealing with unrequited love or his brother being in trouble, he doesn't have much else going on. Someone had to be under baked this season and I guess it was him. Writer's may have cooled on the actor's after his troubles, and decided not to give him much. Still they did manage to have a couple of good scenes. Their fight was nice, and the sequence in the hospital was good.

I remember so many more fun moments this season than the last one. I honestly can't remember shit about Season 2.

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Season 2 had that god awful episode where Eleven joined a gang.

The best parts of S2 were Hopper's dance, and Murray with that amazing line of "how was the pull out?"  Also the incredible chemistry of Steve and Dustin.

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Finally finished it up, tried not to watch more than an episode every couple days or so. Definitely my favourite season so far and for much of the same reasons mentioned above. The UpsideDown/Monsters are the least interesting part, so glad it got pushed aside a bit for teenager and spy hijinks.

Couple issues I did have: they kept everyone in groups all season, finally had the big reunion scene in the mall and then immediately split them all up again for the climax.

Jonathan and Will are definitely the weakest parts of the ensemble. Jonathan is a total wet blanket and while its nice that Will got a break and didn't spend the whole season infected with something or cocooned up or whatever, he clearly had nothing really to do. Every time they went back to the Eleven/Max/Lucas/Mike group it was always "oh yeah...and Will is also here..."

At no point did Hopper or Joyce question Alexei as to why the Russians were doing what they were doing. I guess we're supposed to assume, and the mid credits scene kind of confirms it, that the Russians want to control and weaponize the monsters, but if I was Hopper I'd be screaming at him "Motherfucker, don't you assholes know what's behind the gate? How fucking stupid are you?"

I guess Hopper is the American in the cell, but I was expecting that he instead managed to jump into the gate before the whole thing went kerblooey. I was kind of hoping that next season would have Hopper emerging from a gate as a battle-scarred King of the UpsideDown to save the day.

Second the appreciation that they didn't just rely on Eleven magic to save the day. She's a much more interesting character when she is used as something other than a fix it for all their problems.

 

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Also, Robin is the best and I am forever on Team Gelman.

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3 hours ago, elizium said:

I was kind of hoping that next season would have Hopper emerging from a gate as a battle-scarred King of the UpsideDown to save the day.

 

So this is how Hopper becomes Hellboy?

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This was definitely my favorite season. They were very efficient in their storytelling. At first I thought 8 episodes wouldn't be enough, but it was the perfect amount.

Robin is awesome. Not much to say there.

Really loved all of the nods to horror and sci fi movies this season too.

As for Hopper, I hope we get something like this with him...

Hopper as Uncle Stan from the wasteland please!

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I spent the whole season amazed at how Maya Hawke's voice sounds exactly like her mother's.

Also, what everyone else has already said...really great season.

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