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Not-So-Stranger Things?

John Turnbull

Posted on July 8, 2019 09:40

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Season three of "Stranger Things" is out on Netflix, but should it be?

Netflix's track record for their original programming is very hit-or-miss, to say the least, but few could have predicted the success of their Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror series, Stranger Things.

The first season was excellent, the second was engaging, and the third, which was released last week, well... let's take a look.

You can almost always tell when a series is created and developed with the intention of being a one-off; everything ties up nicely or a main charcter is killed off by the last episode. Stranger Things hinted at a second season, almost as if the creators had hopes but no assurances, and basically packaged itself as a one-and-done.

Season two worked because it was basically an extension of the first season. Furthermore, a new, excellent character, Eleven, played by Millie Bobby Brown, was introduced and played a vital role in saving the universe.

Enter season three. Part of the series's charm was the young age of the main characters, young enough to be naive, but old enough to understand what was going on, to an extent. The pre-teen age ensemble had worked well in the past, take Goonies (and myriad others) for example.

In season three, the main group has now hit their teens. The portrayal of their roles is almost as awkward as their new bodies. They've seen all of this before, and so have we.

Bottom line: When the saving grace of a season is the soundtrack (which has a surprising and pleasing amount of Cancon, by the way), you know the series is in trouble. Some shows, despite rapid fan demand and devotion, simply aren't meant to be extended. X-Files and Californication, anyone? Jessica Jones and Ash vs. Evil Dead are teetering into this territory as well.

Don't get me wrong. I'm a fan of the series. I just want to remain that way. Let Stranger Things retire by going out on top instead of suffering an excrutiating death by a thousand cuts.

John Turnbull

Posted on July 8, 2019 09:40

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