Stranger Things 3 Trailer Drops – What Do We Learn?
80s ExpertBy Gareth Bellamy
Netflix unleashed the latest trailer for the forthcoming third season of Stranger Things. What does it tell us about the new series? Well, probably the first thing is WE CAN'T WAIT UNTIL JULY THE 4TH TO WATCH IT!!!
Okay, initial excitement over, what does it tell us?
The opening gag in the trailer, with Eleven controlling a bunch of toys to prank Dustin tells us a couple of things.
Firstly, the core crew are back and ready to take on the worst Hawkins can throw at them.
Also, two. Expect some gags. There's always been some comic relief in Stranger Things, often involving Dustin, and this is a nice ‘joke that backfires' prank.
Thirdly. Toys. Moving by themselves. Haven't we seen this somewhere before? Why, yes, that will be as seen in Steven Spielberg's famous Close Encounters of the Third Kind. So, let's hope there's plenty of these 80s film references for us to keep a look out for in season three.
Everyone Is Growing Up
Much like Daniel Radcliffe growing up in the Harry Potter film series, the necessary lengthy delays between filming for Stranger Things means the core cast of young actors who were very much children at the start of the filming process are now heading full steam towards adulthood. Maybe that means we'll see more adult themes in the series? Oh, and the trailer helpfully includes the phrases "We're not kids anymore" and "What did you think? We were just going to sit in my basement and play games for the rest of our lives?" just in case you were wondering.
A couple of great examples of this in the trailer are the scenes of Max and Eleven, obviously listening to pop music, and dancing in a bedroom:
And later, almost a flash frame, of Max and Eleven, made-up, in the mall perhaps?
All Hands On Deck
It's great to see all cast members present and correct.
Nancy and Jonathan
There's Something Out There
The Starcourt Mall featured in the previous season three trailer and features very heavily in the new trailer.
The use of the mall as a centre of activity is interesting because after the darkness of the first two seasons, having some key scenes set in a heavily populated, exciting location like an 80s mall might help fight off accusations that Stranger Things was just getting repetitive. Also, it's a more adult environment for the gang to move towards. No longer of the age to be trapped, playing at home all the time, they want to discover that grown-up world out there.
Also, it gives us 80s film nerds a chance to tick off a load more references as malls feature heavily in such films as 'Weird Science', 'Dawn of the Dead' and 'Commando'.
Think about it, they're kids in the 80s, what else are they going to do, it's years until Tim Berners Lee comes along and invents the web!
Will he get happiness in season three? Based on this scene in the trailer, unlikely. He appears to have been stood-up, possibly by Joyce Byers, who is seen at home with a dinner for one.
We later see him at the fair, with Joyce, involved in a chase, and drawing his gun, and telling Joyce :
"It is important to me that you feel safe. I want you to feel like this can still be your home."
That's what we expect from the protective Hopper, but we want to make one thing clear. If they kill off Hopper in Season 3, we're cancelling our Netflix subscriptions, got that?
The Nasty Stuff
It's not Stranger Things without a secret-labs worth of nasty stuff ready to be unleashed on the poor, unsuspecting town of Hawkins. (Honestly, if you lived there, wouldn't you have moved by now?!?!)
Nasty gun-toting hitman dude
Eleven In The Upside Down
This little clip shows us some characteristic reddish lightning firing through a black sky, before seemingly being trapped under ice. Proof that Eleven is never very far from being dragged into this alternate world.
Demogorgon Type Beast
Okay, we don't know exactly what it is, but let's just agree this kind of beastie is pretty standard fare for Hawkins.
Electrical Gas Mask Dude
No idea how he fits in, but he looks pretty cool! Is the old school gas mask evidence that this guy has travelled through time to get here? This season is set in 1985, specifically around July 4th. A certain DeLorean featuring time travel-based movie was released in America on July 3rd, 1985, so we hope Back To The Future gets at least some kind of tip of the hat in Season 3 of Stranger Things, either through the characters watching the film, or some tie travel antics popping up.
Something Nasty Happening To Steve
Team Steve & Dustin Stronger Than Ever
The music in Stranger Things has always been a critical part in the drama. Both the hits of the 80s that help add to the historical setting of the series, or the specially composed synth-led soundtrack composed by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein. This trailer is soundtracked by ridiculously-dressed hair-rockers Motley Crue’s 'Home Sweet Home' and a rejigged version of The Who’s 'Baba O’Riley', before Dixon and Stein's ominous synth wave score kicks in as the title credits roll.
We've had a go at trying to second guess what music we can expect to see in season 3 of Stranger Things, also, we've listed all the music from Stranger Things Season 2 complete with a Spotify playlist. Fill yer boots!
You might watch Stranger Things for many reasons, the shocks, the drama, the acting, the script, but at the core of the series is the theme of childhood friendship. We know that despite their disagreements the gang of kids central to the series are tight, but one of the greatest developments in the second season was the burgeoning friendship between geeky Dustin and ultra-jock Steve. The trailer shows this friendship has grown, and the boys can't stop mucking around.
Roll on July 4th, we can't wait!
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