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Netflix's "Stranger Things" season three lived up to the hype and further developed the overarching story.

Megan Cherry, Memorial Online Editor-in-Chief

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Netflix original series “Stranger Things” debuted its long-anticipated season three July 4. The show follows a group of four boys, Dustin Henderson (Gaten Matarazzo), Will Byers (Noah Schnapp), Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard) and Lucas Sinclair (Caleb McGlaughlin) and two girls, Eleven/El (Millie Bobby Brown) and Max (Sadie Sink).

The story is set in Hawkins, Indiana in 1985, after Will returned from the upside down and El returned from hiding and the kids are enjoying their summer, blissfully unaware of the Soviet Russian lab located beneath the new mall.

Along with the introduction of new characters, old favorites Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) and Chief Jim Hopper (David Harbour) are working together, this time with Murray (Brett Gelman) and lovable Russian scientist Alexei (Alec Utgoff). Fan favorite Steve Harrington (Joe Keery) also returns with new partner Robin (Maya Hawke). Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) and Nancy Wheeler (Natalia Dyer) reprise their roles as a newspaper photographer and intern respectively.

The new mall setting allows the characters to really interact with each other in a unique way. There are plenty of mall shenanigans with the new ice cream parlor, the clothing stores, the fountain and photo booth. 

When Mike and El’s relationship is tested, El turns to Max for help. Their dynamic is explored, with Max being El’s first female friend and the two immediately bond over boy drama and become fast friends in a wholesome mall montage.

There are also plenty of supernatural elements implemented this season, with the return of the mindflayer from season two, but this time, Max’s step brother Billy (Dacre Montgomery) is the one being controlled.

“Stranger Things” has an amazing cast, and the kids’ performances especially shine. Brown portrays Eleven perfectly and really dives deep into her character.

Overall, the nostalgic set and phenomenal acting allows season three to really rise above the bar set by the first two seasons. We can only hope that season four will live up to this new standard.

 

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