Stranger Things Season 3 Update!

Stranger Things Season 3 Update!

Stranger Things is a show produced to be an exclusive on Netflix.  The series stars some familiar faces in Winona Ryder.  The show has received rave reviews and currently boasts a 5/5 on Netflix ratings.

Release Date: July 2019

Stranger Things Season 3

Episode Titles:
  • Chapter One: Suzie, Do You Copy?
  • Chapter Two: The Mall Rats
  • Chapter Three: The Case of the Missing Lifeguard
  • Chapter Four: The Sauna Test
  • Chapter Five: The Source
  • Chapter Six: The Birthday
  • Chapter Seven: The Bite
  • Chapter Eight: The Battle of Starcourt

Netflix released an official Promotional poster.

A few details to note:

  • In the distance a lit up mall can be seen.
  • Dead rats are on the ground beneath the feet of the children
  • Arms of 11 and Mike are making a V shape
  • Monster legs in foreground also making a V shape

The dead rats are interesting in that there are few references to rats in the episode titles including Mall Rats, Sauna Test and the Bite.

I am not saying there is anything directly related to this but the cover's structure makes me think of the cover of an old D&D book on Menzoberran.  The monster legs in the foreground in particular make it look like this cover.  Here that is you can see for yourself.

Netflix has released a teaser on Twitter and Instagram for its upcoming Season 3.  The tease is for a date in 2019.  The teaser seems to release the title of the episodes of the season with the names:  “Suzie Do You Copy?,” “The Mall Rats,” “The Case of the Missing Lifeguard,” “The Sauna Test,” “The Source,” “The Birthday,” “The Bite,” and “The Battle of Starcourt.”

Starcourt is likely a reference to Starcourt Mall which Netflix realeased a sneaky teaser about earlier in the year.  Many fans have been thinking that that the Starcourt Mall could the location for the final battle of Season 3 and that seems to be confirmed with the final episode being called "The Battle of Starcourt".  Other online theories are that the mall may be built on top of some of the pumpkin patches tainted by the upside down in Season 2.

Starcourt in D&D?

Is StarCourt a D&D reference.  Well there is a Star Court in the town of Silvery Moon in the land of Faerun.  I can not think of much significance to that reference other than one little tidbit that occured in its history.  The town of Silvery Moon was a beacon of good and right in the savage northern parts of world of Faerun.  The other major city of civilization was a eleven city called Myth Dranor. When Myth Dranor fell the human citizens of Silvery Moon and their leader Aglanthol the Red attempted to bring as many scholars and citizens from Myth Dranor into Silvery Moon as they could.  As part of this process some of the mages in Silvery Moon became greedy and began to trying to take some high powered Eleven Myth Dranor artificats.  Some of these artifacts were tainted by dark magic and brought with them evil Demons.  These demons led to the fall of Aglanthol the Red.

One other aspect of Silvery Moon and Myth Dranor is that they had large protective bubbles called a Mythal.  Perhaps the world is protected from the Upside by Mythal as well but the Government has inadvertently created a hole in that protective barrier.

So the Star Court could be seen as the government of humans who attempt to raid a fallen Eleven city that ends up bringing Demons and Devils to their town.  That does sound a bit like the work of the government in Stranger Things.  They are not expressly bad perse but could certainly get greedy and try to retrieve something from the upside down that goes south.  Perhaps the basement of the StarCourt mall may be where the CIA cabal holds its meetings or maybe the mall is all a cover up to hide a portal to the upside down?

The Star Court reference may be entirely coincidental but if you want a D&D link there you go.

Here is the letter approving Star Court Mall construction:
Only thing I really noticed here is that the Mall is definetly approved of by the Mayor .  I am also very curious to learn more about who is behind StarCourt Industries.

Universal Studios unveils a Stranger Things themed Maze for Halloween Horror Nights:

Universal is creating a maze based off Stranger Things for the seasonal Halloween event called Halloween Horror Nights. Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights runs from September 14 through November 3.
The Stranger Things maze is designed to be based off the places and events of Stranger Things season 1.  The maze will be set up at Universal Studios Orlando, Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Singapore. It is the first of nine haunted mazes announced for the Halloween Event.

Universal said about the maze:
You’ll faithfully follow the storyline, starting off on Mirkwood and then quickly moving to inside Hawkins National Laboratory where things have gone terribly, terribly wrong.

From there you will experience all the most memorable moments and environments from the show while being hunted at every turn by the Demogorgon.

And of course, you’ll step into the mysterious darkness of the Upside Down more than once – whether you like it or not.

New Stranger Things Season 2 Poster: 10-22-2017 update

Stranger Things Trailer 2
Trailer 2 of Stranger Things revealed on Oct 13 that is Friday the 13th!

Stranger Things Teaser:
A new conspiracy theory esq teaser for Stranger Things:

Season 2 Update

Season 2 of Stranger things is set to come out on Octotober 27, 2017.

The shows producers the Duffer Brothers have already started commenting on how season 2 will jump ahead a little in the future. The season will likely focus on some of the bread crumbs dropped during the season such as the fate of Eleven, and the effects of traveling into the upside down on Will.

Toylab Review of Stranger Things: 
Lets start with this - This show is freaking awesome, Just watch it!  You really don't need a review for this show as it has already ready received so much positive feedback.  Its good. Its different.  You need to see it. Is it a perfect show? At times it feels overly burdened with subplots that at times seem unnecessary. The story and characters feel familiar in many ways. Something though about this series just works. Despite whatever flaws it has, it works. In the end you will want more.

Stranger Things begins with four young boys playing Dungeons of Dragons (Or a game like it) in one of their basements. In the game they face off against a terrible monster called the Demogorge and barely manage to survive its clutches The boys close up the game and all head home all on bikes. The boys riding around bikes immediately calls forth nostalgic images of 80s films like E.T. and the Goonies. On the way home though things go very, very wrong for one of the boys, Will. Will gets home but something is causing the lights to lose energy. There are weird sounds and he is being chased by ..........something.

Immediately in the show it veers from a fun nostalgic romp to something a little more sinister. How sinister? well that is part of the reason why you keep watching.

I read a Vox review that offered this fitting comparison:

Will disappears and his fate is unknown. The town he lives in comes on edge.

The rest of the characters go on different paths, and many end up finding the source of what happened to Will. This leads to some terrifying horror and scifi themes overlapping to create something entirely new.

The cast and acting in the series is amazing with too many standout performances to list. Winona Rider will be mentioned for playing a distraught yet tough as nails mother, but the entire cast shows up. The children in the show deserve a ton of credit for creating a group of friends that will draw comparisons to great works like Stand by Me.

I would be remiss without mentioning actress Millie Bobby Brown who plays Eleven.  Eleven is easily my favorite new character of 2016. Expect the internet to be filled with Eleven art and memes, its coming. She is just too freaking cool.  Yes, I am currently calling anyone around who annoys me a "Mouth Breather",  watch the show you and you will to.

The special effects in the series show up at integral moments to create shocking visuals that clash with the friendly 80s environs of the film. The show is not littered with special effects but when they appear they pack punches.

The series is quickly becoming a smash hit for Netflix despite not being hyped too much. Word of mouth is blowing up on the series and that is a good sign for any series.  When people care enough to tell their friends watch this, then you know that the show resonated with people.  What element of the show makes it work? the nostalgia, the mystery, the weirdness or the horror.  The truth is that it may have to do with these elements working in combination with each other that make the show feel original.

The Theme Song:
The shows theme song feels like its own character. It immediatly sets the tone with both a retro nostalgic feel as well as an underlying feeling of menace.

You can listen to more of the music from the band SURVIVE below.  SURVIVE is an Austin, Texas based Synth band.

How did their music end up being featured in the series.  In an interview with Band Camp one member of the group of 4, Kyel Dixon explained:

“The [Duffer Brothers, the show’s creators] found our music somehow, I don’t really know how they found it. They’d used a song of ours in a little mock trailer that they made to finish the concept pitch. I guess through pitching that, and it being successful, they decided to reach out to see if we were available to do more music for them. Of course, we said ‘Yes.’”
Bandcamp interview with SURVIVE

The bands popularity has skyrocketed due to its association in the show.  This is largely because the score from SURVIVE packs a huge punch that sets the one of the series each time the theme song ignites.  Music from SURVIVE is also featured in a various moments in the show.  The band said they sent the Duffer Brothers 50 tracks the day after being asked for more material.

Stranger Things -Film Shop:

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