Growing Pain for the Children of Hawkins …
This is a spoiler-free review for the premiere of the third season of Stranger Things titled "Suzie, Do You Copy?" All 8 episodes can be transferred to Netflix as of Thursday, July 4, 201
It's been a year and a half since we were last in the imaginative world of Stranger Things, and much has changed for both the characters and the Hawkins town of Indiana. For one, the kids are older, and with that change comes a maturity level that marks the premiere of the third season titled "Suzie, Do You Copy?" – a darker tone and a more complex narrative that is refreshing to look at. The creators Matt and Ross Duffer are focusing their creative attention on how the passage of time has impacted our favorite characters by taking the upside-down stuff into the background-looking character for this episode as he's leaving the home Summer camp returns, eager for his friends. Like us, Dustin has missed some of the profound changes his companions made in the summer, like Mike (Finn Wolfhard) and Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) and Max (Sadie Sink)) on and off Relationship, among others. It is equally melancholy and intriguing to watch this honest account of time and how it affects a group of friends as close as the Hawkins crew. It is refreshing to see that the gang of outsiders are children for a short time, even as they grow apart.
Stranger Things continues to be a visually attractive show, with the new Starcourt Mall boss among the mesmerizing new locales. The colorful shopping center is a shining beacon for the clothes of the 80s and the nostalgia on the food court. Steve Harrington (Joe Keery), two-time winner of the IGN Best TV Hair Award (jokingly), works for Scoops Ahoy as an ice cream dispenser. He suffers from his own growing pains and strives to win over the ladies with his charm. But as strange as it is to watch Steve flirting with girls in the mall, so is his colleague Robin (played by newcomer Maya Hawke) stealing the show.
While it's difficult with epic Dustin / Steve Bromance, founded in Season 2, Robin asserts himself against Steve's arrogance and often challenges him in unexpected ways. The daughter of Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke is definitely spoiled for choice to work with the best ensemble of Stranger Things.
Season 3 is not afraid to become sentimental, if need be. Winona Ryder is still excellent in her portrayal of Joyce Byers, as her character suffers from PTSD as a result of the tragic events of the second season that led to Sean Astin's Bob Newby being killed in the Hawkins Laboratory. Luckily, Police Chief Jim Hopper (Hellboys David Harbor) is still there to make her laugh from time to time – her jokes are one of the highlights of the new season.
Hopper may have been out of adolescence long ago He is still going through a transformation of his own and is learning quickly that raising a young girl is not an easy task … Especially one that can slam doors with their thoughts. Hopper and Elfen's evolving father / daughter momentum was one of the strongest storylines of season two, and it seems the Duffer brothers are just picking up where they left off. Harbor and Brown have such good chemistry with each other. It's fun to see Hopper take the role of the overprotected father and try to intimidate Mike.
The only disturbing aspect of the premiere is the considerable growth of the ensemble of Stranger Things. While the Robin of Maya Hawke has an immediate effect, serial regulars Nancy Wheeler (Natalia Dyer) and Jonathan Byers (Charlie Heaton) feel trivial compared to the rest of the cast. Sure, there are still 7 episodes left to expand their respective storylines, but with charismatic veterans like Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride) and Jake Busey (Starship Troopers) joining the team, one has to wonder if there is enough history there to go around? The time will tell.