Although I quite enjoyed Stranger Things‘ debut season, I was underwhelmed by the show’s second season (which wasn’t nearly as focused). Thankfully, season three might just be my favorite season yet.
The great thing about year three is that the stakes feel elevated. Eleven’s got tremendous abilities to be sure (and they’re brilliantly showcased this season), but the threat that the gang faces this year is terrifying, and that lends a real sense of urgency to the narrative. Things kick into overdrive a few episodes in after a somewhat slow start, and then it’s a thrilling ride straight to the finish. The season finale in particular is an emotional gut-punch that’s packed with action and whole lot of excitement. Moreover the gamechangers are many, which means the show is definitely not afraid of shaking things up (and its own status quo in the process). Season four is going to be a whole different beast and I for one can not wait.
As expected, the production values are as stellar as ever. You never once question the show’s time period which is impeccably brought to life, while the CGI budget has noticeably been given a huge bump (thanks to the show’s gargantuan success). Special mention goes out to the the amazing Priah Ferguson as Erica Sinclair. She gets a whole lot of screen-time this season and she’s definitely the year’s MVP. She injects every one of her scenes with a whole lot of attitude backed by a ton of razor-sharp barbs. Someone give this character a spinoff asap!
With equal amounts of humor and thrills, this is my favorite season of Stranger Things thus far. Fantastic!