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Phew! That was quite a ride! Say what you will about “Stranger Things 3,” but it’s not lacking in forward momentum. Quickly edited, densely populated, and bursting with vivid images, Season 3 of The Duffer Brothers’ Netflix original feels like it’s playing in an old arcade, where if X number of seconds pass without a rat exploding or a blob oozing across the floor, it’s game over.
That sentence might sound strange to anyone who hasn’t finished the eight new episodes (or it might just sound strange, period), but this, dear readers, isn’t a regular review. It’s a spoilers review, meaning the below analysis will delve into everything within the new season, including the ending. Don’t worry. If you’re so incensed by the headline that you skipped to the first bold headline or bullet point, thus skipping this intro, we’ll warn you a few more times that spoilers are coming.
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I maintain the best way to enjoy “Stranger Things” is to not think about it, but for those of us unable to follow their own advice, the below Spoilers Review keeps its focus on the most nagging elements of Season 3 while making sure to highlight the parts that brought pure, untainted joy, as well. So let’s delve headfirst into the madness, starting the critical character to Season 3: Chief James “Jim” Hopper.
In “Stranger Things 3,” David Harbour goes full ’80s sitcom dad with Jim Hopper. His grumpiness is amped up to “threatening to murder children” levels. His slovenly personal upkeep and so-called “dad bod” are on full display, in and out of his snug uniform. The first shot of Hopper even shows him sitting in a recliner, watching “Magnum P.I.,” and munching on Tostitos (with the label out and easy to read, following best practices for product placement) — Hopper may...
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