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Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
« Reply #50 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.

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« Reply #51 on: November 04, 2017, 03:22:35 AM »
Should've developed that more instead of introducing punk rock psychic vigilante squad.

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« Reply #52 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.
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« Reply #53 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.
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« Reply #54 on: November 04, 2017, 08:26:05 AM »
That's fine. The rest of the world likes Nickelback and the Big Bang Theory.

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« Reply #55 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.
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« Reply #56 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

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« Reply #57 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.
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« Reply #58 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.

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« Reply #59 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.
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« Reply #61 on: March 20, 2019, 12:16:18 AM »
Season 3 Trailer!


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« Reply #62 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.

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« Reply #63 on: March 20, 2019, 01:51:12 AM »
I can't stand Home Sweet Home, but otherwise that trailer was stellar.
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« Reply #64 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.
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« Reply #65 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.

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« Reply #66 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.
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« Reply #67 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.


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« Reply #68 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

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« Reply #69 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.

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« Reply #70 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.
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« Reply #71 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.

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« Reply #72 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.

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« Reply #73 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.

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« Reply #74 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.

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« Reply #75 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.

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« Reply #76 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.

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« Reply #77 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.
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« Reply #78 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.

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« Reply #79 on: July 07, 2019, 01:43:59 PM »
Lucas's sister, Dustin, Robin and Steve carried this season on their backs.

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« Reply #80 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.

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« Reply #81 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.

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« Reply #82 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.

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« Reply #83 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.

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« Reply #84 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.