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By now you’ve had over a week, so I expect you’ve already binged the new season of Stranger Things twice, but if you haven’t go do that now, unless you are at the Kansas Wheat Festival. Stranger Things is the best show Netflix has ever put out and is a zeitgeist of the platinum age of television, especially in the sci-fi genre. The show’s creators, the Duffer brothers, aren’t secretive about their callbacks to the OG sci-fi TV thriller Twin Peaks or the following X-Files and it’s rare to see influences in television play out as brilliantly and well-executed as in the movies. The newest season of Stranger Things did some great things like gave us a little more insight to the mysterious happenings in Hawkins, Indiana, explored the personal relationships of not only the kids, but every main character, and did an excellent job expanding on the show’s badass protagonist, Eleven. While it wasn’t without its flaws, I can easily say it’s the best season of television to drop this year so let’s break it down and of course, SPOILERS AHEAD.What we learned:The defining trait (almost to a fault) of the first two seasons of this show was the mysterious nature of the supernatural happenings. We came in with no backstory to why there were monsters lurking around and kids were getting possessed or why one of them had telekinesis powers. This was awesome during the first season and built up a lot of intrigue. But after the second season came and went and all we learned was the government opened a “gate” to the upsidedown (whatever that may be), it was frustrating to still not be any closer to an answer. This season, we didn’t learn much about Eleven’s powers nor really what these monsters are or where they came from, but we did learn their motivation (to end everyone, so general bad guy stuff) and that the upsidedown exists everywhere in the world, but some gates are easier to open than others. The Russian plot was a wonderful addition to the Stranger Things universe and it added another layer of mystery while simultaneously answering some of our burning questions.One of the most beloved factors of the show is the 80s aesthetic and bringing in a Cold War fight with the Soviets was a brilliant homage to the decade. We learned from the Soviets more about the mechanics of getting to the upsidedown and while we still don’t know why these government agencies are so keen on getting there, we definitely know the Duffer bros. are planning on expanding the focus of this show much larger than Indiana.Character development was the real point of this season:Since they don’t seem to want to tell us anything about why the Soviets want to open a wormhole, at least they gave us some meaningful screen time with our favorite middle-Americans. First and foremost, the relationship (and subsequent troubles) between Mike and Ele was one of the best parts of the show. Mike is a generally annoying character, but unlike last season where he was a total jerk to his friends, he seemed more grown-up and the chemistry between him and El was a nice B-plot to the main action.Hopper (more on him later) and Joyce’s relationship was the real emotional meat of the season, however. We learned at the end of season 2 that they had a romantic history so we knew this was in the works, but David Harbour’s performance in every time they shared the screen was nothing short of remarkable. He played the disgruntled cop afraid to show his feelings to perfection and the humor he showed during his drunken stupor at the date he was stood up on and when Joyce came to his house the following scene was my favorite point in the season excluding the final episode.Steve! Early last season, it was clear that babysitter Steve was going to be an incredible character in this series and he didn’t disappoint yet again. His subplot with Dustin and Robin was as integral to the main plot as anything else and possibly the most important side-plot overall considering they were the only ones with direct access to the Russians. A beautiful twist that surprised everyone (myself included) was when Steve finally expressed his feelings to Robin and she came out to him. In what could’ve been an ugly scene, Robin expressed her secret with grace and Steve took the news well and we saw them cement their friendship with a laugh.The best evolution this season (and every season for that matter) was with our favorite hero, Ele. She made a new friend with the only other female member of the group and proved she can exist without Mike on her arm. Watching her go from science experiment to adjusted teenage girl is the most heartwarming part of the show and I really like what the writers are doing with her character.What might go wrong:While I thoroughly enjoyed this season, there were two things that were abundantly clear. The first was that the show is having a bit of an identity crisis. The writers clearly want to take the show in darker and creepier place, which was clear from the moment the first episode, but they also know they’ve become the new Twin Peaks for the gen z audience. They can’t decide if they’re a campy 80s show with monsters or a sci-fi/horror mashup at times and it’s becoming more apparent as the show goes on. Next season, will decide which way it ends up leaning, but I have hope in the Duffer bros.The second issue is that we might be in for a Lost situation. The show Lost was one of the most intriguing and confusing shows of all time until the writers wrote themselves into too many corners in an effort to stay surprising and sneaky and the show crashed and burned in the last season. We are still largely in the dark about most of the Stanger Things universe and with the introduction of the Russian plot, they might be biting off more than they can chew. The good news is that the writers of Stranger Things have as much time and money as they want so the network won’t push them to hastily wrap everything up, but I’m still uneasy.Looking ahead…:Unfortunately, Stranger Things is much like Game of Thrones in that we will have to wait another year or two to get another season. Fortunately, unlike Game of Thrones, Stranger Things will be worth the wait. Although we still don’t know much about Hawkins, we do have some very interesting questions that will need to be answered next season and what those answers will bring:Is Hopper dead (of course not and your theory of the Russian prison is the same as everyone else’s)How will the government explain the mall getting destroyed by a giant monster (I know they half explained in the “news” scene, but people are going to be a lot more suspicious in Hawkins next season)How does Russia have the monster dog things if the gate is closedIf the upsidedown is “in between worlds” what are the worldsSo much more…I was very pleased with this season and if you aren’t satisfied with the synth music, awesome visuals, and dialogue that’s actually compelling then you just don’t like TV. Can’t wait for season 4 in 2025 when these kids are 30 years old (they look so old this season it’s ludicrous).Meme of the weekFollow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.