From Season 1 of Stranger Things I’m feeling nostalgic remembering the music, clothing styles, and the simple way we ate. Season 2 was awesome. And Season 3 had me crying in the end. As Renaissance Man says, Season 3 really gets weird. It seems to be 1985 around the fourth of July.
That’s kinda how it is with a story series. The first part is the setup. The second part has to answer all the questions. Or characters have to follow through with those things they did or didn’t want to do. Then the third part always seems like now what? Things repeat. Things have to be reimagined. The gate to the “the upside down” never completely healed and so the Russians move in and create a different kind of monster.
We are reminded of all those 80s horror movies, Dungeons and Dragons, and “evil” Russians. We had a DnD board game in our house, but we never played it. I remember the rumor about DnD being satanic. It’s almost like another game company wanted to destroy their competition or media was making money creating stories or religion was bringing in new followers or keeping people under control. It definitely felt like propaganda. And to this day it’s still the Russians fault. Again, it’s sounding like propaganda. But they slip in some truths about the JFK assassination.
The setting happens at the mall mostly. And El goes shopping with Madmax. Um, why? She changed her look. I liked El’s darker look. Some cheer is okay, but I think she should be dressing mostly emo. She’s had a hard life. She would be wearing black inexpensive clothes like flannels from Woolworths or stores like Mervyn’s and JCPenney. But El’s new wardrobe is a reflection of what happened in the 80s. We became materialistic. And that is one of the reasons why it feels like we are living in the Upside Down today.
We got distracted by shiny babbles.
One of my favorite parts of Season 3 is toward the end when—oops! I almost ruined it for you. I’ll just tell you Limahl’s “Never Ending Story” song is performed. I’m still a fan of Limahl. And he’s still singing and performing. I had heard the song was used, but I didn’t know how. Really cute and funny.
All this nostalgia reminds me of the food. Snacks were fruits, veggies, or homemade cookies. I made celery sticks with peanut butter for the photo. That was a snack back then. And no one was allergic to peanuts. Maybe one boy was allergic to peanuts. He was allergic to everything. We had allergies. I’m allergic to dairy. So even though I was a vegetarian back then we didn’t drink milk. Allergies are more extreme these days which makes me question what they have done to our food. (And I have done the research, but I don’t want to preach to you about food, allergies, and vaccines.) Food tasted better. Fruit was tastier. We were really healthy back then.
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