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Title: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: DMann1979 on July 15, 2016, 12:18:59 AM
Anyone going to check out Netflix's latest series? It's an homage to 80's Steven Spielberg, Stephen King and John Carpenter. Plus Winona Ryder!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWxyRG_tckY (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWxyRG_tckY)
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: no fact, no matter on July 15, 2016, 01:37:33 AM
Looks good! I'm hopeful!
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: NoCalMike on July 15, 2016, 02:29:34 AM
Yes definitely. Not sure if I will have time this weekend because I want to be able to sit down and marathon, but it will be watched soon!
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: DMann1979 on July 15, 2016, 02:42:58 AM
I watched the first episode this morning before work. Good atmosphere and of course stirred up my 80s nostalgia.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Big Beard Booty Daddy on July 15, 2016, 12:47:25 PM
I'm watching it now, on episode 2. It's really, really great. Has the 80s feel down perfectly. And that score is amazing.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: no fact, no matter on July 15, 2016, 12:51:07 PM
3 episodes in and loving it. The original score is amazing on a Neon Demon kind of level. So good!
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Big Beard Booty Daddy on July 15, 2016, 01:02:07 PM
Spoiler: show
When El put the game piece on the board to show what Will was hiding from, I got chills.
And that start to episode 3. This is going to be the best new show of the summer.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Harley Quinn on July 16, 2016, 04:30:14 AM
Onto episode 4 and really digging it. The kid cast definitely brings an E.T./Goonies style vibe to everything. This all actually reminds me a lot of the movie Super 8 so if you liked that, you'll dig this.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Big Beard Booty Daddy on July 16, 2016, 04:36:16 AM
Onto episode 4 and really digging it. The kid cast definitely brings an E.T./Goonies style vibe to everything. This all actually reminds me a lot of the movie Super 8 so if you liked that, you'll dig this.

I'm on 4 now, too. Basically if Stephen King wrote ET, is what I've been telling people. I got the Super 8 vibe, but felt that this is everything that movie tried to be, but failed at, since I hated that movie.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Fall of Epic on July 16, 2016, 04:46:32 AM
Watched the first two episodes this morning and like it. The acting and cinematography are top notch so I'll definatley see this to the end.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Harley Quinn on July 16, 2016, 08:25:50 AM
Finished it. Very solid show that I think ran the right length, just 8 episodes. Could've stretched it out for maybe 10-11 episodes tops IMO and some teasing at the end but I'd be surprised if they tried to continue it with more seasons unless certain things happened.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Big Beard Booty Daddy on July 16, 2016, 12:51:03 PM
Finished it this afternoon and loved the hell out of it.

I believe a second season has already been announced, and the producers/creators said it's going to be more like a sequel than a second season. I know people online have asked for an anthology show, each season being different, but looks like they want to continue the story.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: CletusVanDamme on July 17, 2016, 02:09:57 PM
Onto episode 4 and really digging it. The kid cast definitely brings an E.T./Goonies style vibe to everything. This all actually reminds me a lot of the movie Super 8 so if you liked that, you'll dig this.

I'm on 4 now, too. Basically if Stephen King wrote ET, is what I've been telling people. I got the Super 8 vibe, but felt that this is everything that movie tried to be, but failed at, since I hated that movie.

Heh, good comparison, except instead of a cute alien they find
Spoiler: show
a young Carrie but instead of her crazy religious mother she was raised by The Shop from Firestarter.


Finished it up tonight, loved every bit of it.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: tekcop on July 17, 2016, 06:06:45 PM
Just finished this. Thought it was pretty fantastic. All the child actors were excellent.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: no fact, no matter on July 18, 2016, 12:52:26 AM
Finished it last night. Wishing there was more but a rewatch will have to do!
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Fall of Epic on July 21, 2016, 05:04:28 PM
Just finished the finale. Probably the best series I've watched since Breaking Bad ended.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Bladelock on July 22, 2016, 05:26:38 AM
Finished it now, Dustin is my favorite character in anything ever.

Everything is so good, I really don't have any complaints. I thought I was gonna dislike the peeping tom son and the older daughter at first, but they did a great job with those characters by the end. Even the douchebag boyfriend was fleshed out.

Winona, David Harbour, and the kids were all great. Harbour has been one of my favorite character actors in recent years and I'm glad he got a meaty part to showcase his talents. The girl that plays El is gonna be a huge star.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: no fact, no matter on July 22, 2016, 05:36:18 AM
Dustin was definitely a highlight. It's like if Chunk and Mouth had a baby.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Bladelock on July 22, 2016, 05:45:51 AM
Dustin was definitely a highlight. It's like if Chunk and Mouth had a baby.

He kinda looks like a baby El Dandy. Great find for the casting directors.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Avid Warehouse Enthusiast on July 22, 2016, 01:04:11 PM
Started this tonight. I'm tentative due to the comparisons to Super 8 (which I didn't care for too much), but I got halfway in and...yeah, this show is great. The soundtrack is perfect, the cast is EXCELLENT (David Harbour is awesome, Winona Ryder is perfect, and the kids have incredible personality to them), and that opening title screen sets just the right tone.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Big Beard Booty Daddy on July 22, 2016, 01:11:42 PM
Started this tonight. I'm tentative due to the comparisons to Super 8 (which I didn't care for too much), but I got halfway in and...yeah, this show is great. The soundtrack is perfect, the cast is EXCELLENT (David Harbour is awesome, Winona Ryder is perfect, and the kids have incredible personality to them), and that opening title screen sets just the right tone.

I mentioned Super 8 a bunch of posts back, but I highly disliked it as well, but loved this.

If anyone is interested in the band that did the music, they're called S U R V I V E, and their stuff can be found on the Bandcamp website. I've downloaded their discography, and they have a new album coming out, and they're pretty damn awesome.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Brooklyn Zoo on July 22, 2016, 01:36:49 PM
It's perfect

Spoiler: show
Seems like there is gonna be a season 2?
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Avid Warehouse Enthusiast on July 23, 2016, 05:56:56 AM
Detective:
This synthwave stuff is awesome. SURVIVE, Perturbator, Le Matos (who did the brilliant Turbo Kid soundtrack)...this entire little scene is fantastic.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Big Beard Booty Daddy on July 23, 2016, 10:37:22 AM
Detective:
This synthwave stuff is awesome. SURVIVE, Perturbator, Le Matos (who did the brilliant Turbo Kid soundtrack)...this entire little scene is fantastic.
Totally agree. I'm loving it. Also, check out VHS Glitch. He's fantastic. One of my current favorites, and I've spoken with him a lot on Facebook.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Avid Warehouse Enthusiast on July 23, 2016, 04:19:46 PM
Just finished this. Holy shit I loved it.

Spoiler: show
I figured the hook for S2 would be El coming over Mike's radio, but Will puking that thing up and flashing back to the Upside Down was just fine. My only real complaint is the monster being primarily CG when practical effects would've enhanced that 80s vibe to it all, but that's so minor compared to how great this was that I don't care.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: O.G. on July 24, 2016, 07:38:58 AM
Watched the series today and yesterday and this was great. Loved it top to bottom, from the score (which, more than Drive, reminded me of a recent movie called Cold in July) to the acting to the resolution. The Super 8 comparison was apt, especially since I loved that movie too.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: rollie on July 25, 2016, 01:16:05 AM
Spoiler: show
My only real complaint is the monster being primarily CG when practical effects would've enhanced that 80s vibe to it all, but that's so minor compared to how great this was that I don't care.


Spoiler: show
I was thinking the same thing but came across this in an interview

Spectral Motion is another company that built a lot of monsters for Guillermo. They built our monster and they’re really great. They have an amazing robotic engineer who built the head — we call them petals, the pieces that open up when it needs to feed. Those were completely animatronic, programmed in a way that they moved in random patterns, which made them feel very organic and alive. There were times we couldn’t do what we needed to do with a guy in a suit and then we turned to computer graphics.

Perhaps it was that they did CGI touchup that made it look more CGI but that was interesting. There were only a handful of scenes that looked practical (closeups of the monster's skin). Or maybe we see so much CGI these days we mistake the real thing for it..
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: CletusVanDamme on July 25, 2016, 06:08:16 AM
http://nerdist.com/stranger-things-creators-talks-future-seasons-for-the-show/ (http://nerdist.com/stranger-things-creators-talks-future-seasons-for-the-show/)

"Now the show’s creators, the Duffer Brothers, along with producer Shawn Levy, have revealed there are in fact plans not only for a second season, but several seasons. Although the show hasn’t officially been renewed by Netflix yet, with the outpouring of love and great reviews the series got with season one, it seems like a no-brainer. Series co-creator Matt Duffer recently talked to IGN about a potential continuation, saying, “If we do get to go back, it’s not a second season as much as a sequel”, which seemed to suggest that not all of the main cast would return, as was often common with horror sequels in the ’80s.

However, executive producer Shawn Levy has gone into a bit more detail about the potential future of the series, and confirms that most of the cast would indeed return, should they get the greenlight from Netflix. In an interview with /Film, Levy said the following: “We definitely are hopeful to go several more seasons. And the plan is to continue with this set of characters while introducing a few critical key new ones next season. So I’ll just say that a lot of the big mysteries get answered at the end of Season 1, but we are very much kind of unearthing new problems and questions that merit future stories and future investigation in the most enjoyable way.”"
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Avid Warehouse Enthusiast on July 25, 2016, 10:02:47 AM
I don't quite like the idea of having knowledge of more than another season. That almost ruins the idea of a sequel, especially to horror fare, since most sequels aren't planned in advance. At least lie to us about anything after Season 2.

I can't keep a straight face typing that.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: NoCalMike on August 02, 2016, 06:21:14 AM
I've watched through Episode 5 thus far.  Enjoying it a bunch.  Very interested to see how it wraps up and how they connect these dots in the final three episodes. Going to try and finish it out tonight!
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: La noche del terror ciego on August 07, 2016, 12:03:14 PM
Finished it today, and loved it. All of the performances excellent (especially Winona Ryder, who deserves all kinds of awards for this show) and the writing and soundtrack (not just the score) are top notch.

Spoiler: show
My eyes got a little misty when Eleven said goodbye to Michael.


Spoiler: show
Also, I'm craving Eggo Waffles now.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: no fact, no matter on August 11, 2016, 06:07:07 AM
https://youtu.be/UF5lbs6e5Wc
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Big Beard Booty Daddy on August 11, 2016, 11:47:56 AM
The first soundtrack drops tomorrow, and the second mid September.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Nymyzys on August 13, 2016, 12:02:45 PM
This was one of the best new shows I've ever watched. I loved every minute of it and the child actors were all perfect.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Youth N Asia on August 14, 2016, 03:37:23 AM
Watched the first two episodes. Pretty much echo what everyone else is saying.

Killer soundtrack

Some of the greatest child acting I've seen. These kids are all exceptional and actually act like kids from the 80's

Everything feels right about the 80's. It's almost alarming seeing indoor smoking now.

I'm sure they give Ryder more to do later than frantically answer phone calls. But that's about all I've gotten from her so far.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Lord of The Curry on August 15, 2016, 01:56:15 PM
Using "When It's Cold I'd Like to Die" at the end? These guys are trying to rip my heart out still bleeding.

 

Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Baby Shoes on February 03, 2017, 07:29:12 AM
(https://cdn.bleedingcool.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Stranger-Things-Season-2-EW-First-look-600x400.jpg)

First S2 image, teaser will air during Super Bowl
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: CletusVanDamme on July 11, 2017, 01:01:04 AM
(https://scontent.fzty1-2.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/19959324_1779999248682256_209707122589694806_n.jpg?oh=4c41f602bd0b811a1a380c461e3feebe&oe=5A099193)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4eRRx7OsRE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4eRRx7OsRE)
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: no fact, no matter on July 11, 2017, 02:32:03 AM
Much hype!
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: CletusVanDamme on July 22, 2017, 09:53:14 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQ2RGaDBfwI (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQ2RGaDBfwI)
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Avid Warehouse Enthusiast on July 22, 2017, 11:52:07 AM
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Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Fall of Epic on October 13, 2017, 03:27:12 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1ZXOOLMJ8s

2 weeks! Get hyped!
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Mik on October 30, 2017, 12:47:48 AM
Finished it over the weekend.

I liked it just as much, if not more, than season 1.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Harley Quinn on October 30, 2017, 08:54:49 AM
Finished up on Sunday. Really good and I think I liked it more than Season 1 on the whole although I felt the end of S1 was better.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on October 30, 2017, 11:16:48 AM
I liked it better than Season 1. Told a better story arc for all the characters with a lot of growth and had satisfying conclusions. and lots more Dustin, that kid is awesome.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: skullman80 on October 31, 2017, 10:05:24 PM
Got two episodes to go to finishe Season 2. I've enjoyed it just as much as season one minus this last episode with the whole lost sister and other group of people... it felt like a different show and I didn't like it.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: pujoljunkie on November 01, 2017, 02:44:13 PM
I didn't enjoy this as much as season one (lol I'm just captain contrarian in this folder lately). I'm probably biased but I thought Steve was the best part of this season. Not sure if I've mentioned on this board but I went to college with that dude. We lived in the same dorm. I thought he was great and mixing him into the ensemble with the kids was great. But I also thought that this season was, at times, way too on the nose (that Camaro dude, jesus) and also that a lot of character's arcs were stretched way too thin. Mike, for instance, basically does nothing for nine straight episodes and the fact that he was kind of a dick for most of the season is left kind of unresolved.

I would have liked to have seen Eleven interact more with the rest of the kids. Her solo episode was, in my opinion, the weakest of the season. I think if the girl who plays Eleven wasn't so charismatic and charming it would have been a really shitty episode of TV.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: DMann1979 on November 02, 2017, 09:15:02 AM
I watched all of this last Friday/Saturday. I really enjoyed it, loved all the tween romance going on between Eleven/Mike and Lucas/Max. I'm sure Eleven/Jane's sister and her crew will pop up in season 3.

I will say this though, Max's brother Billy was completely pointless. As much fun as it was to see Steve trade blows with him he really had no baring on the plot or any real connection as to what was going on. He was just dick asshole there to get punched.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Saints_Fan_H on November 03, 2017, 08:35:52 PM
Just finished it.

Spoiler: show
 RIP BOB!!! That scene got a little too gratuitous.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Avid Warehouse Enthusiast on November 04, 2017, 12:33:17 AM
Some parts of S2 blow the first out of the water (the way all the stories tie together mostly), but there's one flaw that makes S2 not quite as great as the first: episode 7.

Good lord that fucking sucked. If that's the arc they're continuing with then viewership is going to drop.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: treble on November 04, 2017, 03:19:45 AM
I think they needed another episode, there was a lot of stuff that seemed unresolved or underdeveloped.

The stuff with Billy warning Max not to hang out with Lucas kind of went nowhere. I assumed it would be because his dad was racist or something and he was trying to protect her, but we only got the one scene where the dad was kind of an asshole towards the end of the season.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Avid Warehouse Enthusiast on November 04, 2017, 03:22:35 AM
Should've developed that more instead of introducing punk rock psychic vigilante squad.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Damaramu on November 04, 2017, 06:22:49 AM
I pretty much agree with everyone. It was an awesome season, hated the one episode and thought Steve was a star.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: no fact, no matter on November 04, 2017, 06:28:08 AM
Some parts of S2 blow the first out of the water (the way all the stories tie together mostly), but there's one flaw that makes S2 not quite as great as the first: episode 7.

Good lord that fucking sucked. If that's the arc they're continuing with then viewership is going to drop.

Only among smartmarks, apparently the rest of the world loved it.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Avid Warehouse Enthusiast on November 04, 2017, 08:26:05 AM
That's fine. The rest of the world likes Nickelback and the Big Bang Theory.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Big Beard Booty Daddy on November 04, 2017, 11:02:28 AM
I loved episode 7. The Brothers did the episode to see how people felt about stories outside of the small town, since they have to move out of that for seasons 3 and 4. You can't have 4 seasons of something bad happening to the same group of people without things starting to get too repetitive and boring. I thought it had some interesting developments with Eleven finding out more about herself. Plus is was fun to see her, her sister, and the X-Men wrecking shit.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: AA484 on November 06, 2017, 04:13:52 AM
It seems about 50/50 as far as people liking it more or less than Season 1.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Some things I noticed:

1. As others have said, I believe that Episode 7 was there more as characterization for Eleven than anything.  This show knows where the money is and it's with the Hammond kids, not the wannabe ROTLD gang.

2. I thought they were going to go in a more racist direction with the Lucas/Max storyline but I'm not sure if the writers were comfortable with that or not.  I think it would have served as more of a distraction than anything because Billy was somewhat irrelevant to the plot as a whole.

3. Somebody was cutting onions in my kitchen during that whole dance scene.

4. Steve is fucking awesome
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: geniusMoment on November 07, 2017, 10:43:36 AM
I really enjoyed the whole season other than episode 7.  The sister squad really felt like a cartoon gang.  I think part of the appeal of the show is they actually have realistic looking people mixed with extreme paranormal situations.  If you go with a cartoon gang (which I fear is going to be the main plot for next season) I really think it hurts the show.   

Last season ended with the great hook of Hopper putting the Eggo's out into the bin in the woods.  Plus Will coughing up the creature.  This season didn't really have any hook at the end.  So that alone might put season 1 over it or me.

I hope I'm wrong.  But, I kind of feel like these first two seasons are going to be the peak.  If they go back to the upside down again it will feel like rehash, and if the sister's gang is the new main plot point that doesn't seem near as interesting.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Avid Warehouse Enthusiast on November 08, 2017, 01:33:42 AM
Season 3 will take place in a hotel and the gateway to the Upside Down will be in mirrors.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: geniusMoment on November 08, 2017, 04:35:28 AM
I've read that they originally had a large plot in season two featuring Karen and Billy that was cut.  I really hope they don't make that a major plot in season 3.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Fall of Epic on December 09, 2018, 01:41:51 PM
https://youtu.be/PH3kBCSfL-4
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Harley Quinn on March 20, 2019, 12:16:18 AM
Season 3 Trailer!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEG3bmU_WaI
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Saints_Fan_H on March 20, 2019, 12:41:22 AM
I mean, I love Stranger Things and the trailer looks awesome, but you can honestly put "Baba O'Riley" in any trailer and I'll be hooked.

I'm not very deep.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: no fact, no matter on March 20, 2019, 01:51:12 AM
I can't stand Home Sweet Home, but otherwise that trailer was stellar.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: geniusMoment on July 04, 2019, 03:09:18 PM
God, I've hated the first two episodes of season 3.  It feels like a totally different show.  Way too much teen drama and campy humor for my tastes.

I now hate El and Mike.  Hopefully they go to the upside down and stay there forever.

Right now the only characters I like are Dustin, Robin and Steve.

Guess I'll still continue, but this is a giant turd so far.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Youth N Asia on July 04, 2019, 03:14:32 PM
I’m two episodes in as well. Not hating it. But judging by the IMDB scores it gets much better.

I like Steve, but he’s way too playful now. Not caring too much about the Mike and El stuff either.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: geniusMoment on July 04, 2019, 03:57:48 PM
I get that they wanted to change things with a summer setting.  But, one of the things I loved about the show was the dark tone and setting.  Fall and Winter are perfect for that.

This actually reminds me a little of The X Files after season 5.  They had 5 seasons of shooting in rainy Vancouver, setting a dark tone.  Then in season 6 they went to LA to shoot.  The feel and tone of the show never recovered.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: HSJ on July 04, 2019, 04:00:48 PM
Just finished it. It was ok. A little too playful with the comedy for me. Some good things but I feel like I won’t remember much outside of the big moments by the time season 4 comes around.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Avid Warehouse Enthusiast on July 04, 2019, 10:36:30 PM
Two episodes left and binged the first two seasons in preparation. Liking it a lot more than S2, which I enjoyed more on a second viewing where I skipped the awful X-Men episode.

Though I'm digging S3 and even like some of the changes (inevitable as kids grow up), it's really showing signs of trying to appeal to more people rather than follow through on its own vision. Robin is a super welcome addition to the cast, Billy was used perfectly so far, I love the Max/Lucas dynamic (we all had friends like them at 14), and DAT MONSTER THO
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Harley Quinn on July 04, 2019, 11:25:10 PM
Echoing a lot of what Laz said and I enjoyed this a ton more than S2 tbh. Some of the tonal shift worked (e.g. the Steve/Robin/Dustin Russian subplot and the Max/Lucas stuff) but in other aspects it fell a little flat e.g. the Mikey/Eleven romance.

Loved the Billy/Monster stuff although I kept waiting for Nancy/Jonathan to be something more than it was in relation to everything else going on. But I'm all on-board for Nancy embracing her Nancy Drew Detective Newswriter persona thing going on.

For the most part, I dug almost everything about this season outside of maybe the adults subplot about the Russian killer stalking Alexei & how Hopper/Joyce were involved. I do like that the 'character growth' is helping to spin out sub-storylines rather than trying to shoehorn everybody into the plot although that started to be an issue towards the end of the season for me.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: geniusMoment on July 05, 2019, 03:21:23 AM
I'm at episode 4 and still really don't like it, although episode 4 has been my favorite so far.   

I think a lot really comes down to if you're a fan a teen drama.  I always hated that WB style teen drama even when I was a teen.  And this season feels like Stranger Things mixed with a WB teen drama.  I just don't think this is a show for me anymore.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Angle-plex on July 06, 2019, 12:31:08 AM
Season 3 just finished up. It was alright, better than season 2 for sure. The plot moved so quick there wasn't much time for character development until the end. Most of the cast has somehow become unlikable. Still think this should have been an anthology series with a different cast and setting every season.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Youth N Asia on July 06, 2019, 01:01:10 AM
Finished episode 3. I’ll be non-spoilery. For sure picked up the pace after this one.

I get that the guys at the newspaper are supposed to be unlikeable, but it’s just obnoxious tv at the moment. Jake Busey tells a joke that’s a 1/10 and everyone loses their shit. Defiantly the least interesting part of the season so far.

Makes sense that Will still wants to do childish things, being that a lot of his childhood has been taken away from him by evil stuff.

I’m sure the season will end with everyone getting together to stop a big thing. But not really liking that the cast is pretty broken up this season.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: treble on July 06, 2019, 02:02:21 AM
I spent most of the season going back and forth on whether Maya Hawke looked more like her mother or father.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Avid Warehouse Enthusiast on July 06, 2019, 02:18:02 AM
Her mother's facial structure with her father's features over it. She's the best part of the season, easily.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: treble on July 06, 2019, 02:24:16 AM
Yeah, I was leaning more towards her mother. She only really looked like her dad, I thought, when her and Steve's chair fell over.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Avid Warehouse Enthusiast on July 06, 2019, 03:26:35 AM
Her facial expressions and mannerisms are mostly her father, though, with a lot of the natural flow that her mother has. Regardless, she's got it, and I can't wait to see her get more work after this.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: geniusMoment on July 06, 2019, 04:10:54 AM
Just finished it.  Man, did I hate those first 3 episodes.

It really picks up after 3 though.  But, I still felt the whole Russians thing was too hackneyed for the show.  You always had the upside down and the monsters it created.  But, now instead of a more gritty, realistic government abducting people to conduct experiments you have an absurd Russian story.  Seriously, it was right out of Wet Hot American Summer.  And I like WHAS, but I didn't want to see it mixed with Stranger Things.

Also, I get they wanted a realistic portrayal of teens.  But, they've made me hate most of them.  Mike, El, Max, and Lucas all now either annoy me or I dislike them.

The constant bickering between Joyce and Hopper got old after one episode, but the strung it out for 8. 

Overall, the last 5 episodes and Steve, Dustin and Robin saved it.  But, they really need to drop a ton of the teen drama and slapstick comedy for season 4.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Avid Warehouse Enthusiast on July 07, 2019, 08:55:53 AM
On the tonal shift, it at least felt like the third entry of an 80s horror series. More zany, kooky, cynically fun stuff, etc.

Best creature effects, by far.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Nymyzys on July 07, 2019, 01:43:59 PM
Lucas's sister, Dustin, Robin and Steve carried this season on their backs.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Youth N Asia on July 07, 2019, 03:50:40 PM
Lucas's sister, Dustin, Robin and Steve carried this season on their backs.

I think Lucas’ sister is the most obnoxious thing I’ve seen on the series thus far after four episodes.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Avid Warehouse Enthusiast on July 08, 2019, 08:06:36 AM
Initially, she's the worst recurring character in the entire series. They tone the brat personality down later on and she becomes a welcomed addition.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Cool, Bad, & Handsome on July 09, 2019, 11:14:49 AM
I get why it happened and still enjoy the series for what it is but I do miss how much grittier and more "realistic" characters seemed at the beginning of the series. Like Jonathan was a stalker, Eleven was a pathetic and sad kid on the run, Hopper was a sad single dude and now... it seems so fan-servicey, over-saturated in feel-good '80s culture, like fan fiction. Everybody is cool or fun, and the problems seem less serious and dark and there are times the stakes never feel as big as they did in that first season no matter the improvements they make in monster design.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: geniusMoment on July 10, 2019, 04:54:47 AM
I'm actually surprised by the high rankings it's still got on IMDB.  Usually when a show changes as much as this one has people revolt.

Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Avid Warehouse Enthusiast on July 10, 2019, 11:00:35 AM
The change was a natural evolution, though, and befitting of the throwback feel. It was also a much, much stronger season than the second one, regardless of the more adventure-leaning feel versus the initial (and, IMO, superior) fantasy horror where the show started.
Title: Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
Post by: Amy pats fan on July 17, 2019, 06:08:13 AM
I dug it.  I love the mall as a setting and a mall in the mid-80's is literally a major staple of my childhood.  I liked the lighter tone with a little more comedy and the summer break setting.

Like everyone else I thought Maya Hawke was great and the stuff with her, Steve, Dustin and Lucas's sister was the best.  The Russian plot was a little hokey but a great throwback to 80's movie plots like Wargames and Red Dawn (they even referenced it).  They did a good job finally reuniting the whole crew and merging the plots together, and I liked that there were multiple tangently related things going on with different story archs.

Loved seeing more of Brett Gelman, his character is great.  They did a good job making Hopper really unlikeable at times.

The dude who plays Max's brother was a great heel, building off just being an asshole in season 2

So yea, definite thumbs up for me and feel it holds up well to the other seasons