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  • #16
    Originally posted by TriBel View Post
    It's probably this. As you say, the horror's pretty good but it's not compensating for the kids (on the whole, I have more sympathy for the rat than Mike). I'm just a bit bored with it whereas I binged the earlier seasons. Plus, my eldest alerted me to Maya Thurman Hawke's parentage (obviously, I didn't know THAT was her name) and I'm distracted by trying to decide whether she looks like Uma or Ethan Hopper's really winding me up - he should by rights have cirrhosis by now!
    Metda told me who who that girl was, and I don't think she looks like either. Her hair bothers me, it's just too modern and not 80's enough.

    I like Hopper, but the way he expected Wynona to solve his parenting problems annoyed me. Then he virtually forced her into going to dinner with him, when she's still getting over Bob, which showed his lack of emotional intelligence and I thought he was better than that last season, so they've sort of regressed him for comedic purposes.

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    • #17
      Think Hopper is just really uncomfortable with emotional stuff. Plus he wants any excuse to hang out with Joyce. You don't mess around with Jim (Hopper) scene was comedy gold!

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      • #18
        Originally posted by HowiMetdaSlayer View Post
        Think Hopper is just really uncomfortable with emotional stuff. Plus he wants any excuse to hang out with Joyce. You don't mess around with Jim (Hopper) scene was comedy gold!
        Yeah...that was good! However, I'm still not enjoying it as much as I did S1 & 2. It is scarier though.
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        • #19
          Though S3 was very good, much better than S2. The new characters were all brilliant, especially Erica and and Murray Bauman. I loved the monster, who was much much scarier and darker than last seasons. Billy and the towns people being taken over was so well done and added real paranoia.

          The only thing that bought it down for me was all the romance, some of which felt a bit proto-incelish. I had to fast forward through a lot of it because it was so cringey. Except Dustin and Susie, they were perfect and my Stranger Things OTP

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          • #20
            OMG Erica became so bloody annoying imo. I mean who lets a kid talk to strangers like that? I mean 'bald bastard?" I thought the writers really over egged her rudeness and It became out and out insulting. That and the song at the end that went on for far, far too long. I mean talk about poor timing.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Silver1 View Post
              OMG Erica became so bloody annoying imo. I mean who lets a kid talk to strangers like that? I mean 'bald bastard?" I thought the writers really over egged her rudeness and It became out and out insulting. That and the song at the end that went on for far, far too long. I mean talk about poor timing.
              I agree Erica was over written but I still enjoyed her character. She added add something different to all the other kids who are beginning to seem very samey and indistinguishable between each other.

              Do you mean Dustin and Suzi's song? I think the joke was that it went on too long and went from sweet and funny to just pure cringe.

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              • #22
                Didn't have any problem with the romance. I ♥ Max & El together (MAXEL - friend 'ship' name? ) They could have their own webseries. I'd def watch that!

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Priceless View Post
                  Finally watched the first two eps of S3 and they were really enjoyable. The yuk factor is higher and it's scarier than the previous two seasons. The plot seems to have been beefed up too, with a plot about possible Russian involvement. Hopper has been regressed a little bit, but he's as fun as ever. The children's romantic life doesn't really interest me very much, and I hope we don't have to watch too many scenes of that.
                  I ultimately hated this season, because of the over-used, anti-Russian Cold War trope, complete with one-dimensional stereotypes. Seriously, use of it is just lazy writing. I won't be watching this series again.
                  Last edited by Nebula1400; 27-08-19, 07:49 PM.

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                  • #24
                    Oh I'll be watching again, even though for me this season was uneven and relied too much on certain over used troupes. I didn't like how they over egged Hoppers aggression and Erica's insulting behaviour to others did my head in.

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                    • #25
                      I loved first season, but was quite disappointed by second, so I was uncertain if I wanted to watch third. Until I saw Soviet soldiers in it. I mean I had watched my share of crappy american B movies in actual 80s, I have no desire to do it now. I did enjoyed them for what they were then. Films like Rambo 3 with all their hilarious stupidity had generated lots of memes in Russia. But I've had enough of that already. And as I've said I loved first season and I just don't want to ruin it for me with such crap. I mean I don't know if it's crap for certain as I didn't watch it, of course, but signs are all there. Like Soviet army soldiers in uniform. Why they wear uniform? Such kind of operation would be executed by KGB operatives in civil clothes, not by army. And red shoulders straps aren't even part of field uniform, they are from parade uniform. I know that sounds like nitpicking and it totally is, but it's enough for me to see that writers had absolutely no desire to make it authentic. Not that I would even expect it from them though. I saw exactly one American movie about Russia that was mostly realistic (and even then ending joke was kind of stupid, funny, but stupid anyway).

                      As side note about lazy stereotypes, "Barry", HBO TV-Series. Hilarious dark comedy, with very serious moments. I like it very much and would recommend it to anyone. It wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea, of course, but it's worth to give it a shot at least. But for all good that in it, it's also a fine example of lazy stereotypes about foreigners in American media. So in first season's episode Barry is contacted by boss of Chechen criminal syndicate to kill lover of his wife. All is good, except one thing, it's absolutely unrealistic. First of all they just took usual fake Russian Hollywood stereotype and by some bizarre reason made them Chechen. So we've got a character with Balkan name, played by clearly Jewish actor. Have they ever seen a single Chechen in their life? Could they at least google it? I know that explanation for such laziness is that American public wouldn't see anything strange here and it would bother only very tiny part of their audience, so I understand the reason for their laziness. But it's still laziness. And if I can overlook it for "Barry" which is very grotesque by it's nature anyway, I just can't do that for "Stranger things".
                      Last edited by Alce; 27-08-19, 05:34 PM.

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                      • #26
                        It's not nick picking imo It's just another case of American writers being too lazy learn about any country beyond their front door.

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                        • #27
                          It's not laziness. I don't even watch Stranger Things and I know that the whole thing is a nostalgic homage to/pastiche of 80s Americana - obviously, you're going to have cheesy horror movie monsters, creepy children with superpowers, evil communists, karate, aliens and shit. Those were the pop-cultural staples of the era the show draws from. If you want to get angry about how American media portray the rest of the world, sure, I won't stop you, go ahead, but seriously, there are far, far more egregious examples than a silly show.

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                          • #28
                            Well talking for myself I'm not angry just amused at how f*cking lazy many of todays TV writers can be. Christ there's a thing called the 'Internet' there's no excuse not to do at least some research.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by a thing of evil View Post
                              It's not laziness. I don't even watch Stranger Things and I know that the whole thing is a nostalgic homage to/pastiche of 80s Americana - obviously, you're going to have cheesy horror movie monsters, creepy children with superpowers, evil communists, karate, aliens and shit. Those were the pop-cultural staples of the era the show draws from. If you want to get angry about how American media portray the rest of the world, sure, I won't stop you, go ahead, but seriously, there are far, far more egregious examples than a silly show.
                              This article pretty much articulates my thinking on this.

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                              • #30
                                Seems like a lot of Stranger Things hate especially from peeps who haven't even seen the show (or this season).

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