DAVID BIANCULLI

Founder / Editor

ERIC GOULD

Associate Editor

LINDA DONOVAN

Assistant Editor

Contributors

ALEX STRACHAN

MIKE HUGHES

GARY EDGERTON

ROGER CATLIN

KIM AKASS

GERALD JORDAN

TOM BRINKMOELLER

NOEL HOLSTON

 
 
 
 
 
STRANGER THINGS
July 4, 2019  | By David Bianculli

Netflix, 3:00 a.m. ET

 
SEASON PREMIERE: Now that HBO’s Game of Thrones is gone, Netflix’s Stranger Things probably holds the crown right now as the TV offering most anticipated, and most rabidly consumed, by today’s genre enthusiasts, especially of the younger generation. Season 3 is unveiled today, in a full-season burst of episodes that the show’s most fervent fans might well consume in toto before the arrival of tonight’s fireworks. And anyone else sampling the first show of 2019 might be just as tempted to binge, because this year’s episodes are consumed as easily as potato chips. A year has gone by in the small Indiana town of Hawkins, which means it’s the summer of 1985. You can tell it’s set in that long-ago time, because the mall is bursting with shoppers, the leotards at the dance classes are pure Jane Fonda, the soundtrack is Huey Lewis and Madonna, and the boys are still playing Dungeons & Dragons in the basement. But amid all this early MTV fun, there are new mysteries lurking in Hawkins – and new interdimensional monsters, too, that turn the town upside down even without the alternate reality known as the Upside Down. And just so you don’t tune in expecting total escapism, there are Russians infiltrating here, too, and there’s a local mayor aiming to use the 4thof July holiday festivities for political gain. But the Duffer brothers, Ross and Matt Duffer, have gotten more playful as well as more confident as their series has mushroomed in popularity, and Stranger Things now cruises like a finely tuned machine. The laughs are solid, the characters are endearing, the references to 1980s movies and TV shows are delightful, the surprises are plentiful – and the scares, when they arrive, are really, truly creepy.
 
 
 
 
 
Leave a Comment: (No HTML, 1000 chars max)
 
 Name (required)
 
 Email (required) (will not be published)
 
 Website (optional)
 
LFKXJ
Type in the verification word shown on the image.