Now that Game of Thrones is out of my life, I need something to fill that void. Thankfully, Stranger Things 3premieres on Netflix in July. I truly have no idea as to where this season is going to go in terms of storyline. There are only so many times the kids can face the Upside Down and win. At some point, they need to lose. However, I want to take this time to express my displeasure with the release date of Stranger Things 3, July 4.
July 4 falls on a Thursday this July, which means it will be a four-day weekend for most people. Unless the weather is dogshit, I will be outside on July 4 at a BBQ or the beach. When am I going to have time to watch an episode? Then, you have to factor in that I might be away for the holiday weekend so I could potentially be out of commission until Sunday. So that means there’s a chance I may not be able to watch Stranger Things 3 until Sunday afternoon, which would be roughly 84 or so hours after it premieres on Netflix. How will I avoid spoilers for that long? Will I have to throw my phone into the ocean? Should I delete the Internet and Instagram from my phone? Talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard place.
See you in July when I have to make a life or death decision.
I could not think of a better start to a morning. First, I watched the first trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood starring Leonardo Dicaprio and Brad Pitt. Then, I watched the spectacular trailer for Season 3 of Stranger Things.
The 80s, baby! Here’s the official synopsis for Season 3.
“By mid-1985, the era whose box office was dominated by Back to the Future, Mike and Eleven have developed a romantic relationship, as have Max and Lucas. Our heroes and heroines are living seemingly normal lives, though one year after the defeat of the Mind Flayer, things are not all what they seem in Hawkins. The town has a new leader, the morally corrupt Mayor Kline, whose administration supported and presided over the construction of the new Starcourt Mall. With the Fourth of July approaching, strange things start to happen: Lucas’ sister Erica discovers a mysterious new threat, and a lifeguard at the community pool suddenly disappears, triggering fear in those that still have the events from the previous year fresh in their minds.”
If that doesn’t get you going, then I don’t know what will. Stranger Things is one of my favorite shows on television. It’s funny, heartfelt, weird, and thrilling. I’m expecting another terrific season full of supernatural activity, Hopper dancing, and the bromance between Steve and Dustin.
One Summer Can Change Everything. It’s time for Stranger Things Season 3.
Well, almost time I should say. Over the holiday, Netflix released a poster and date announcement for the third season of Stranger Things, which happens to be one of my favorite television shows.
July 4, 2019. Mike, Eleven, Dustin, Caleb, Will, Lucas, Max, Steve, Nancy, Jonathan, Joyce, and Hopper (apologies if I forgot anyone) are coming back in July. Here are my instant reactions to the poster and teaser trailer.
Hate the date: Out of all the days of the year, the Duffer Brothers picked July 4 to release the new season? Don’t they know I go down to the Jersey Shore for July 4th weekend? They couldn’t pick another date where nothing is going on? July 4 is on a Thursday this year so I plan on binging the entire season on that Sunday when I’m battling a hangover and a sunburn.
Summer, Summer, Summertime: Season 1 and Season 2 revolved around the school year. Season 3 is going to take place during the Summer of 1985. The Fourth of July is going to be a huge theme. Something big will happen on that date and it will effect the gang throughout the entire summer months.
The Mind Flayer is back: In the final scene of Season 2, the Mind Flayer was still alive, watching Hawkins from the Upside Down. In the new poster, the Mind Flayer is at the bottom of the image and it appears it is ready to wreak havoc once again.
Eleven and Will sense danger: Take a look at all of the characters in the poster. Dustin, Max, and Lucas are blinded by the fireworks. Mike is infatuated with Eleven. However, Will and Eleven sense danger is on the way. The Mind Flayer controlled Will and Eleven battled it. Expect these two to team up this season.
The Starcourt Mall: The Starcourt Mall is going to be a central location for this upcoming season. Playboy Steve Harrington and Robin, a new character, will be working at an ice cream shop.
Decoding the Hidden Messages: Thank you, Reddit, for decoding the messages.
The entire post does a great job explaining each message, but the one I want to focus on is “when blue and yellow meet.” This is a clear reference to the mall and in particular, the clock. The minute and hour hands are blue and yellow. In the video, the time is approximately 6:30. Does something supernatural happen at 6:30 in the mall? I wouldn’t bet against it.
Screaming: In the date announcement video, Mike is screaming for Eleven. I, for one, is shocked! In all seriousness, every relationship (Mike and Eleven, Lucas and Max, Nancy and Jonathan) will go through their bumps in the road per usual. I also expect Steve to get into the action with Robin.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going into hibernation until the July. Carry on.
Stevie Good Looks is back in the new Stranger Things teaser trailer. First of all, yesterday, July 15, was the anniversary of the first season of Stranger Things, which is one of my favorite television seasons of all-time. Secondly, a few things to consider in this teaser. The mall commercial is so perfect. You can find commercials like this in between town hall meetings on Public Access. The big reveal was supposed to be Steve Harrington and Robin (Maya Hawke) working at the ice cream shop. That was fine and all until the very end of the trailer when a bombshell was revealed.
“Coming Next Summer.”
Damn. That phrase is no coincidence. It looks like Stranger Things season three won’t happen until Summer 2019. Why put that phrase in the trailer if it doesn’t mean anything? I’d like to think the Duffer brothers are messing with us and will drop the season at the end of 2018, but that’s highly unlikely. The show is so popular that a surprise release on Netflix won’t do it any justice. I expect a trailer around Halloween with a reveal date of Summer 2019. It sucks to realize that the show won’t be in our lives until then, but that’s Netflix life. Let’s watch Eleven save Mike and Dustin to cheer us up, shall we?
There are moments when actors or celebrities go through a career renaissance that shoots them straight to the top. It’s not always “from the outhouse to the penthouse,” but the actor is clearly on a roll and becomes universally loved. I remember a few years back when Matthew McConaughey won an Oscar and became an cult hero in “True Detective” as part of “The McConaissance.” Michael B. Jordan is another name that comes to mind right now especially after the success of “Black Panther.”
I’m here to tell you that we are in “The Harbaissance.” *Name subject to change*
Ever since David Harbour became Chief Hopper from “Stranger Things,” the man has been on a tear. First of all, it’s Stranger Freakin Things. Such an amazing show. To top it all off, Chief Hopper had a mic drop moment at the SAG Awards with his amazing acceptance speech.
Fast forward to Season 2 and the Hopper dancing memes.
Then, he stole the show at the Super Bowl in the Tide ads.
Did I mention he’s also a really cool dude on social media?
.@DavidKHarbour how many retweets for you take my senior photos with me
Unbelievable. We are currently witnessing the most talented group of kids the world has ever seen. Excuse me while I change that statement. We are currently witnessed the most talented group of people the world has ever seen. These kids never cease to amaze me. They can do everything and then some. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to have my boy James Corden leading the group and providing the electricity.
We all knew Millie Bobby Brown had BARS, but now we know that the boys could be bigger than the NSYNC. I truly do think this is the best cast in television and a lot of it has to do with the Fab Five Kids. Whoever was the casting director for Stranger Things deserves a billion dollars. Thank you for bringing these kids into my life. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to watch the Snowball dance for the 100th time.
The show that swept the nation is back for Season 2. I still don’t know how Stranger Things became so popular. It’s one of the more impressive followings I’ve seen from a show because word of mouth was its biggest marketing tool. I remember my older sister saying to give the show a try in late July. After I was hooked, I had to tell everyone like I won the Golden Ticket in Willy Wonka.
Season 1 was a 99 mph fastball. It was that good. From the writing to the young cast, everything from top to bottom worked. If Season 1 was a 99 mph, I would say Season 2 was a 95 mph heater. It’s one of the best follow ups to season that I can remember in a long time especially with some much hype surrounding it. There were some minor issues I had, but as a whole, it was so enjoyable to watch.
My mind is racing all over the place. There is sooooooo much to talk about so I’m going to do my best to cover as much as I can. I know I will forget some stuff so please comment below or message us on social media. The more discussion, the better. To review the Season, I’m going to talk about what I liked, what was just ok, what I didn’t like, and some potential storylines / questions about Season 3.
WARNING: If you didn’t read my article about spoilers in TV, check it out. I think a week is a fair amount of time for this show. I will be mentioning spoilers so if you haven’t finished yet, bookmark the article and come back to it after. Let’s go.
What I Liked
– Hopper and Eleven’s Relationship: One of the strongest storylines of Season 2 was the relationship between Hopper and Eleven. All of the gang thinks Eleven is dead, but instead, she’s playing house with the Police Chief of Hawkins. I’ve always thought that Hopper and Eleven were two of the strongest characters on the show so it made sense to give them a storyline. In a way, they are both looking for “normal lives.” Hopper still struggles to get over his daughter’s death and Eleven just wants to be a regular kid. It’s these heartbreaks that draw them together. Hopper is now a father again and Eleven has a new “papa.” I’m sure you’ve already read about the blue bracelet. They both got what they wanted in the end, a family.
– Hopper Was The Best Character In Season 2: A lot of Hopper love being thrown around, but it’s well deserved. I think Hopper was the best character in Season 2. Tackling fatherhood all while trying to figure out what the hell is wrong with his town was a good balance of storylines. David Harbour should be nominated for a Golden Globe this year. He was that good. My top 5 characters this season were:
– Steve: I haven’t seen a transformation this impressive since Arod. What a season for Steve. In Season 1, he was the douchebag boyfriend who publicly called his own girlfriend a slut before turning face at the end. In Season 2, Steve became a lovable, older brother figure to the gang and I was all about it. His bromance with Dustin should not have worked, but I thought those two were at their best when they were together. I know a lot of people are going to say Team Steve > Team Jonathan. I look at it this way. For Nancy’s heart, it should be Jonathan > Steve. For individual characters, it’s Steve > Jonathan. Let’s not forget that Steve wrote “Nancy Wheeler is a slut” on the movie theater. He has to get more than just flowers in order to be forgiven.
– Episode 8, The Mind Flayer: The best episode of the season. I was giddy watching this episode. The whole gang (minus Eleven at the end) working together is what I wanted to see from the beginning. It’s arguably the best cast in television so whenever they work together, magic happens. This was a roller coaster episode. From Bob the Brain getting DECIMATED by the demidog to the gang trying to get information out of Will, I loved it from start to finish. Plus Eleven showing up at the end was super badass.
– The Season Finale and The Snowball Dance: I’m a softie for a school dance. Sue me. Another successful season finale capped off by a great 80s dance scene that put a smile on my face. Viewers got the action they deserved for 40 minutes, and then we got an ode to a John Hughes film at the school dance. Steve looking at Nancy as he drives off signifies he still has feelings for her. Lucas wins over Max. Will embraces Zombie boy. Dustin. Oh Dustin. Dustin went from rejection to dancing with hottest girl at the dance. Most importantly, Mike and Eleven finally got their moment together. If you haven’t been listening to Time After Time and Every Breath You Take this whole week, we’re not friends. IF YOU’RE LOST YOU CAN LOOK AND YOU WILL FIND ME, TIME AFTER TIME.
– Will Became A Character Instead Of Doug From The Hangover: Really glad The Duffgods decided to make Will an actual character instead of an afterthought like Doug in the Hangover. I particularly enjoyed when Will was possessed by the Mind Flayer, injecting fear in everyone who looked at him including the audience. I thought they would get to a “We have to kill Will in order to stop this thing,” but that would be super, super dark so I don’t blame them for going the route that they chose.
Also, shoutout to Bob The Brain. I liked him. Most of you won’t like him. I’m a nerd so it explains a lot.
What I Didn’t Like
– Eleven’s Separation From The Gang: My biggest gripe of Season 2. What made Season 1 so spectacular had a lot to do with the interactions of the Core 4: Eleven, Mike, Lucas, and Dustin. Seeing the gang try to dress up Eleven, fight bullies, bike rides, basement talks, etc. The whole time I was hoping for a reunion and we didn’t get that until the very end. In Season 3, the gang needs to get back together.
– Episode 7, The Lost Sister aka Eleven’s Solo Episode: This episode is going to get a lot of heat from fans. To start this off, I commend the Duffer Brothers for taking a risk. I’m all for trying to veer off the proven formula every so often just to keep the audience guessing. I’m not going as far to say I hated the episode because the Internet has already said that. I felt it didn’t work, but I think if they made it half of an episode, it could’ve succeeded. Introducing Eight was a smart move because it sets up for next season, but I think it could’ve been presented in a different way without the backlash. Imagine the beginning scene of Episode 1 was the final scene of the season. Eight driving away with a bloody nose, showing that there are more kids from Hawkins lab out there. I think that ending would’ve made all the headlines.
– The Last Scene Of The Mind Flayer At the School In The Finale: Continuing off of the previous point, insert my ending with Eight instead of the Mind Flayer. Will spitting up a demidog at the end of Season 1 was a great cliffhanger. The Mind Flayer over the school in Season 2 was ok, but didn’t have the same impact as Season 1. Continuing along with Eight, imagine if Eight showed up in the parking lot at the end of Season 2 and said she needs help fighting in the Upside Down and says “Hello Eleven. I’m your sister.” Fade to Black. BOOM, bring on Season 3.
– The Lack Of A True Villain: Who is “The Bad Guy?” Season 1, it was Dr. Brenner, who was the perfect villain. He tortured Eleven and exposed Hawkins to the upside down. Who is the villain in Season 2? I really didn’t hate anyone this season because it’s hard to hate a supernatural force. Dr. Owens? Nah, he turned face at the end. The Demidogs? I wouldn’t really call them a villain. The Mind Flayer? Yes, but there needs to be a human villain as well. I hope Dr. Brenner returns in Season 3 to wreak havoc once again so Eleven finally can kill him.
– The Underutilization Of Billy: Billy is an enigma to me. He’s supposed to be this bully towards Max and the kids, but he doesn’t interact with them until the end. I’m assuming he was supposed to be the “human bully” just like Troy was in Season 1. Troy interacted a lot more with the gang and had a few pivotal scenes including the one that set up the famous 3-way hug. Billy has to get more involved next season. Perhaps the Mind Flayer takes over his body. I would be so down for that.
– The “It Scene” Didn’t Happen Until Towards The End: The Netflix slow burn. A tale as old as time. That seems to be the common theme when it comes to streaming shows on Netflix. It’s a slow burn before they hit you with the haymaker. In Season 2, what was the “It Scene?” The one that made you go, “Ok ok. Now we’re cooking.” I think I didn’t get that scene until episode 6 when the demidogs leave the junkyard and go right to the lab. In Season 1, the It moment for me (besides the pilot) happened in Episode 3 when Will’s fake body was discovered, which is my favorite scene of the series. THAT drew me in and it was early on. Season 2 brought the heat at the end, but I needed some in the beginning as well.
As a whole, Season 2 delivered. It lived up the ridiculous amount of hype it had and then some. The Duffer Brothers have said they have a four season arc for the show so Season 3 is going to happen. It sounds like it will be another time jump. Maybe some kids will move away and we’ll have more scenes outside of Hawkins? The logical move is to put the kids in high school and have the Mind Flayer terrorize the students. However, this is Stranger Things so expect the unexpected.
My biggest fear in life is not death. It’s not spiders or snakes. It’s up there with talking to women. My biggest fear in life…
There is nothing, and I mean NOTHING worse than having your favorite TV show ruined by spoilers. Nothing. It’s the definition of a kick to the nuts. It happens all too often because people can’t keep their mouth shut when it comes to talking about their shows. That’s right. It’s THEIR show. Not YOUR show. Let’s get that through your head right now. You could be one of the billion people on the planet who watches Thrones, but if someone asks you what you are doing on a Sunday night, you’ll 9 times out of 10 say “I’m watching MY show tonight” like the selfish human beings that we are.
Hey, I get it. I don’t own a lot of things in life so I’d like to think that I have some say when it comes to television. There are some things I know I don’t own. Game Of Thrones is one of those things. I can’t stack up with the book readers and I didn’t start watching when it first came out. I’m ok with letting those people own the show. On the contrary, This Is Us is for sure my show. I was on that train early. Do you write recaps of the show every week? No, didn’t think so. Actually, it was my dad who told me to watch so I’m technically the first mate to them.
Anyway, let’s get back to the topic of conversation: spoilers. How can they be stopped? Well the most obvious answer is to watch the show on time or finish binge watching it quickly. That will solve all your problems. However, I know a lot of you “popular” kids out there don’t like to sit at home all day and watch TV like yours truly. I get it. You have lives and I don”t, rub it in some more. However, if you miss the show, it’s extremely tough to go on the Internet or go to work the next day and not overhear someone talking about what you missed. It’s like you are a fire and everyone else gasoline. You want to contain the fire while your friends want to throw gasoline on and spread it. If I know I’m missing a show, I try to stay off of the Internet. Since I live on the Internet, it can be extremely difficult to do. This is will power at its finest. Do what you gotta do. Turn it off or put it in airplane mode. Whatever you have to do to avoid what happens to Jon Snow, you do it. Yes, I blame Game Of Thrones because that is the show that comes to mind when it comes to spoilers. I missed the episode where Hodor died (spoiler lol) and I found out from a group text message. Let me tell you, I was DEVASTATED.
Still haven’t answered the question yet, but I’m getting there. I think the answer varies for every show. Is it a popular show? Is it one night a week? Can you stream it right after? Is it on Netflix or another streaming service? You have to consider all of these things. First of all, if you spoil things to be an asshole on social media, then you truly are an asshole. I hope you never enjoy another thing in your life again. If it’s your job to review a show, then I’ll allow it. Don’t get me wrong, I like to tweet reactions to a show but I’ll try to keep it general to help out some people who missed it. ” Oh my god. What a show.” “Another heater tonight!” “The writers did it again.” Shit like that. Generic stuff.
Ok, FINALLY, I think I have created a fair scale depending on the show you watch when it comes to talking about a show with spoilers.
The Game Of Thrones Rule – Watch it live or at worst, later that night. You can barely last one minutes, let alone a few hours without seeing spoilers online.
This IS Us or any other show that’s popular on one night a week – The next morning rule. I write recaps the next morning where I’ll go in depth about what happened. I think this is a fair amount of time waited because it’s not as popping as Thrones on social media. You can even get away with lasting the whole next day if you’re careful.
Less popular once a week show that less people watch – one full day. That’s right. You get a full day without spoilers. If you watch the show on Tuesday night and miss it, you should be in a safe zone until Thursday morning. By then you should’ve watched it.
THE BIG ONE: Netflix or any streaming show– One week. This one is a very, VERY slippery slope. Binge watching a new show is something that is totally user generated. You can watch it as fast or as slow as you want. No shit Sherlock, but it’s true. This also depends on the type of show. Is it super popular or is it brand new? If it comes out on a Friday and you have nothing to do for the weekend, there’s no excuse for you to not finish it by Monday morning. If you’re not home, then you get some slack. I was away this past weekend so I couldn’t start Stranger Things 2 until Sunday night, where I crushed 3 episodes then, 4 episodes Monday night, and 2 episodes Tuesday night. If it’s a big show like that, you have to take the fast approach. That being said, I still think that one week is when you can start talking about it with spoilers. 7 days is more than enough time to finish a show of 8-13 episodes. Light work actually.
So why did I write this article? I wanted to rationalize when it’s ok to write a Stranger Things Season 2 review. Duh. So with that being said, my Stranger Things Season 2 Review will come out Friday morning of November 3rd. See you there and thanks for reading a lot of that crap just to get to the most important part here. Appreciate it.