Stranger Things, my rambling review

Mainly about Stranger Things 3.

Dave Gutteridge
My Rambling Reviews
7 min readOct 19, 2019

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(Spoilers up to the end of season three. But this isn’t a review to recommend anything, it’s the kind of thing you read to find out if you weren’t alone in hating what everyone else seems to like.)

One time, a million years ago, I saw Back to the Future in the theatre with my dad. I remember him talking in the car ride home about how weird it was to see the era of his youth, the 1950s, presented as this time in history where things were so different that it made a strange world for a hero to explore.

I understood what he meant on a purely rational level, but it was only after watching Stranger Things season 3 that I can really feel how he must have felt. It’s weird seeing the time I grew up turned into this fetishized caricature of what it really was.

The eighties didn’t look like that. Like all stereotypes, they pull elements from reality, so I can’t deny the eighties also did kind of look like that. Except it didn’t.

Just as an aside, if you want to know what the eighties genuinely looked like, watch The Americans. That show nails the vibe of the eighties. It’s also a pretty cool show, I recommend it.

According to Netflix, over 64 million people watched Stranger Things season 3 in the first month of its release. Sounds like it was a success, but I was one of those 64 million, and I hated it, so, it raises interesting questions about what a success is. I had to watch it to know what I thought about it, so I wonder if number of viewers is the best metric. I think that number says more about seasons one and two than season three.

“Hated” is a strong word, I guess. I didn’t hate it. But I did resent it for constantly jerking off in my face with all the reference porn.

There’s a scene where main team kids number 2 and 4, whatever their names are, are in a super market, and they run down an aisle with cereal on either side of them. I’m a cereal guy, so I noticed the cereal brands on display. And I don’t think that’s being overly detail oriented, because clearly the brands…

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Dave Gutteridge
My Rambling Reviews

I don't post often because I think about what I write. Topics include ethics, relationships, and philosophy.