Let’s Go Back to Hawkins
I know this all over the internet. People breaking down the trailer, frame-by-frame, trying to get the slightest indication of what’s going on in Season 3 so they can tell you they got the scoop. I’m not going to do that to you. I have no idea what’s going to happen in Season 3 of Stranger Things and I love that! So let’s not analyze the trailer, but look at it emotionally.
This is one of my favorite shows of all time. I know a lot of people probably feel the same, but this show caught me at the perfect time in my life. I remember exactly what I was going through and what I was doing when I first saw Stranger Things. At this time in my life, I was struggling with some life decisions. Doubting my choice to pursue a career in storytelling.
One weekend, my brother and I decided to hang out, watch some movies, and eat some pizza (had a super dope discount because I was delivering pizzas while pursuing my dreams). I remember we couldn’t find anything that caught our eye, but during the middle of the scroll, we noticed something. Stranger Things. I had not heard of this show, seen any promotional pieces for it, and even checked twitter to see what people were saying. Couldn’t find anyone talking about it. We looked at each other, then back at the screen, then back each other, then back at the screen, then one more time of each, pressed play, and binged the entire series in one go.
It caught me off guard.
Seriously, I can say I’ve never been so surprised by a show, movie, or comic more than I was with Stranger Things. It sparked a kid like joy in me that I hadn’t had with anything before or since. I was excited about the possibilities of storytelling. It got me excited to create something. Since that night I promised myself to keep pursuing this dream and I’ve kept with that promise and I think I’m starting to make some grounds on it.
Two Seasons Later
With each season of Stranger Things, I’m reminded of that joy I had night one. The joy that re-sparked my excitement for storytelling. Seeing this trailer is no different. Having all the characters back. Seeing Steve and Dustin’s friendship grow. While the friendship of original crew struggle. Nancy and Jonathan growing up. Eleven getting the chance to live a normal life. Will looking at the old photo of when it was just him and his friends. This trailer gives me the feeling I had as a kid when it was my last real summer. That last couple of months I spent riding bikes, playing basketball in the park, and staying up late every night playing games with my friends. That summer I realized there is no going back to this. Just memories. Any show that can give me that feeling, even just from the trailer, is something special.
So remember when watching this to enjoy yourself. Get excited about the new season. Thank those who were involved in making this series for us. And always find the joy in your entertainment because being a nerd is fun!
What did you think of the new trailer? Did it get you in your feels like me? Who else had delivered pizzas? Do you remember the first time you watched Stranger Things? What do you hope to see in this season? Let me know in the comments down below!