In Review: Stranger Things Season 3

The gang is growing up, but have on last battle to fight before they can move on.

Synopsis: Summer brings new jobs and budding romance. But the mood shifts when Dustin’s radio picks up a Russian broadcast, and Will senses something is wrong.

Review: Netflix closes out this chapter of ‘Stranger Things’ with a bittersweet ending, but the trauma getting there sees some of our favorite characters put through the wringer one final time.

The Story

Dustin, Will, Mike, Lucas, and the gang are all grown up and thanks to their respective relationships with girlfriends. They are growing apart. But when Dustin picks up a radio signal from Russians on his rig and Will gets that tingly feeling. They are all brought back together for one last fight against the Mind Flayer, which has taken possession of Max’s brother Billy.

When magnets begin to fall off her fridge and lose their magnetism. Joyce gets a rather suspicious

Meanwhile, Nancy and Jonathan investigate why a bunch of rats have mysteriously gone crazy. An investigation, which leads them into the path of the Mind Flayer.

Elsewhere Dustin and Steve investigate and try and find the source of the Russian radio signal and get some help from Lucas’s younger sister and Steve’s workmate Robin.

The Acting

It’s rather difficult to figure out where to start with this because there are so many wonderful performances throughout the series. David Harbour and Winona Ryder have paired up again as Joyce and police chief Jim Hopper and the bickering between them is relentlessly funny as Jim bursts into pretty much every situation with about as much subtly as a freight train on heat. They’re an odd pairing, which is why they are so much fun to watch.

Out of the younger actors, it is Millie Bobby Brown and Sadie Sink that stand out as they give us a fun and uncomplicated friendship as Max teaches Eleven how to be a normal teenage girl as the two bond over having fallen out with their boyfriends.

But the most fun is provided by Gaten Matarazzo, Joe Keery, and Maya Hawke as Dustin, Steve and Robin who crack the Russian code and get an unlikely ally in the form of Priah Ferguson as Lucas’s younger sister Erica. The scenes where they are all underground in the Russian complex are so much fun to watch and provide many of the shows laugh out loud moments.


This was a fun season of the show, which says farewell to a few characters as various people move away from Hawkins to lay down roots elsewhere, but there is the promise of some returning for holidays and such.

The way in which the characters were split up again into teams to work on various different plot threads of the show worked out really well. I really enjoyed seeing Dustin and Steve working together again because that was such a fun friendship that developed in the last series, but the addition of Robin to that mix added a lot of extra fizz to proceedings and gave Steve someone his own age to banter with. The scene in the final episode where Dustin’s long-distance girlfriend gets him to sing the song from Never Ending Story with her was hilarious.

I also enjoyed Eleven and Max getting to spend time together and how that worked into the dynamic of the boys when they all reunited to fight off the mind flayer.

Overall. A really good season with a bittersweet ending as we see some fan favorites move on with their lives. That said we are left with enough characters in Hawkins to fend off any future threats.


Stranger Things 3
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Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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