Stranger Things Chapter 3 Review


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Chapter 3: Holly Jolly

I’m not gonna spoil it, though I will say there’s a great gif that I didn’t even realize was attached to this series that started floating around about a month ago, and it’s perfectly capturing the scene’s starting point. Joyce might be on the edge of madness, but stars help her, Mamabear mode is now fully engaged.

Wow product placement. Two main ones are in this series, and only one of them gets a good name. It’s interesting that Coca-Cola (sorry for the tiny spoiler, you can deal with that though, I know you can!) allowed itself to be branded the way it did, and I’m happy to say it’s not the focal product. It’s funny even, how the other one (I won’t leggo that one so easily) [you knew I would get a pun in here somewhere] plays what I would consider a plot-filled part of the series. It’s definitely a nice continuity piece that (again, small spoiler, but you can handle it) flows through the chapters. I swear that’s the last bit I divulge in this chapter that could be considered a spoiler.

I empathize with Barbara. I’ve honestly been in her shoes before, and it is an outrageously horrible suckpot of sadness. I hope she’s able to make the best of the situation.

Can I just point out (should have from the start) the clothes are really spot on for the time!? Eerily perfect. The frilly blouses, the high-waisted pants; even the fly-away hairstyles and the glasses that gave me a bit of a PTSD moment of anxiety because it was like two giant plastic scratched brightly coloured clear windows, larger than over half your face, being propped up on your nose as if it could handle the weight of such monstrosity and forced to keep your head upright as well… *breathe, Pixie, you don’t have to wear them again, breathe!*

*many minutes later*

The clothing, hair, and accessories are spot on is what I was trying to say before my epic mini panic attack. *grabs paper bag again*

Joyce, you’re brilliant. I love this idea. It’s creative, it’s fun, and it gave me a dual feeling that Sally Sparrow was playing with a ouija board. If you don’t know who Sally Sparrow is, shame on your lack of Doctor Who trivia. Shame! (sorry, I’m still a bit pumped up about those glasses Barb is wearing. They are traumatising, okay?!?)

Hopper’s doing his thing. Good. GOOD. Keep that up. The microfiche! Wow, that takes me back!

I like when the writers give the characters the brains to figure stuff out and voice it. It’s almost like validating the viewer, because we can see things from an objective “all over view” kind of perspective, and they are sometimes too invested in the moment to see the broader picture.

Maybe that’s why I love movies and shows. I get to see things others don’t, and … woah, gimme a sec, I’m having a moment. No no, it’s good this time. Clearly this episode is making me deal with some pretty heavy stuff.

I love how the boys rally to one another, and crack wise after Troy and James bully them. Dustin wins the day for me, for making it about something positive so quickly. Kudos lil one, you rock.

I will say this about the store owner – he’s not atypical in all of how he acts. I understand both sides of the situation, and if they had made him a pushover, he would have been completely unbelievable. I’m glad he’s kind but realistic.

These writers must have been the DnD boys growing up, being able to write these characters so well. The depth they give everyone is fun, and real. Well, for most of the people in the story at least. I wonder if it was their mom or a friend’s mom who was like Joyce…

Now: SPOILERS AHEAD


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Go check out Chapter 4: The Body

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I’m wondering if anyone’s reading these parts now, or if they are just scrolling down.
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Last chance. After these V’s you’re gonna be grouchy if you don’t stop now. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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Spoilers:

*continuity issues first*

I was actually annoyed at El for awhile in this chapter. I get the curiosity, but the fact that she doesn’t know what is possibly going to confront her surprises me that she’d be so bold. She was told to stay put for a reason. She knows that Mike is doing his best to look out for her, so I don’t understand why she’d go against his request/demand/issuance, whatever you wanna call it, and protect her by telling her to stay downstairs. I’m not sure it really worked, even though it did obviously, because she got to see how a real family (if you can class the Wheelers as such) live and coexist. I’m a mess with this episode.

I am glad they didn’t do anything with the cats in a negative way. That’s unimportant and we “get” she’s being tested. We don’t need to be reminded every chance though how twisted and depraved the experiments become as time goes on.

I’m also very happy to see that they have made reference to the fact they are paying homage (at least in my view) to Stephen King. I think in total, though I might have missed one or two, I counted 9 different homages to SK, from outright saying his name, to pointing out the book in the security guy’s hands “love that dog” – clearly to me he meant Cujo – the part with the cats/011 being referenced with SK because of Firestarter… there are plenty of others, including ones I think about Tommyknockers, the feel of the font style for the series itself being like Needful Things, and others. Clearly, The Duffer Brothers are SK fans. I’m okay with that.

Seriously though, WTF is going on – they totally dropped the ball on Barb’s plotline… not cool.

And while we’re talking about Barb’s plotline (and not her freakish glasses – stop judging me!! Mine were hideous! I mean… HERS were hideous!), Nancy, you head out into the woods, alone, and are looking for Barb, and run the second you hear anything? Why did you even go out then? I’m glad that Jonathan calls her on this.

I totally thought that was going to be Barb’s body they pulled from the quarry.

Oh, one last thought for this episode: apparently those bikes are super-bikes because they can pretty much match pace and keep up with cop cars that are flying down the road. Good job indeed, whoever crafted those suckers. I would like 30 of them. I will keep two and sell the rest at ridiculously high prices, because I’d like to retire with all the monkeys.

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