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The Stranger Things 3 Trailer Breakdown

March 20, 2019

 

     Hey Folks. I know last week I said that my next post would be my review of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, and that will still be coming once I've played the game. But the trailer for Stranger Things 3 dropped this morning, and I got so excited I decided to do a trailer breakdown. Because if I don't, I'm not going to be able to concentrate on anything else. Tallyho

     We open with Dustin turning on a boombox, Motley Crue's "Home Sweet Home" begins to play. Dustin looks at his turtle and says, "At least someone's happy I'm home." He's wearing a shirt that says Camp Know Where, so he's probably just returned from Summer camp. Suddenly, his electronic toys, robots, a tank, etc. begin to walk out of his room and into the hallway, while blinking and making noise. He follows them into the living room, holding a can of Farah Fawcett hairspray in his left hand. There's a quick cut to the rest of the gang, Eleven has a nosebleed. Mike whispers to her "now." The toys all stop moving and the kids sneak up behind Dustin. Max quietly signals to three and they all blow those party things while Lucas holds up a sign that says Welcome Home Dustin. Of course, Dustin freaks out and immediately turns around spraying the Farah Fawcett hairspray right in Lucas' face. Although given everything they've been through, that's not an unreasonable reaction. The other kids freak out at his freak out. I think there's a very subtle bit of telling in this bit. Eleven and Mike are standing behind the others, and when Dustin freaks out, startling them, she immediately grabs Mike, who returns what looks as semi-protective embrace. We knew they cared about each other, but I think it's fair to say Eleven and Mike have grown closer ever since they officially became a couple.

     Anyway, the Netflix logo pops up and the music switches to "Baba O'Riley" by The Who. The kids climb a hill and upon reaching the top put up some kind of flag or antenna in a pose that's very Iwo Jima-esque. If you don't know what that means, please read a history book. Cut to The Hawkins Post, Jon and Nancy are waiting inside, dressed rather formally. Cut again to a pool, it looks like Billy is now a lifeguard, and at least three 80s babes are admiring his physique. Cut to Jim Hopper (with his new Tom Selleck mustache) in what appears to be a high-class restaurant. He is also wearing formal attire.

Cut to Joyce Beyers, eating home alone. Cut to the boys on their bikes riding away from the Beyers house, a voice-over from Mike begins: "We're not kids anymore." Cut to Eleven and Max hanging out in Max's bedroom. Max is singing and dancing while Eleven looks at magazines while nodding along to the music. So, they at least seem to be on better terms then at the end of season 2. Voice-over continues: "I mean what did you think?" Cut to the hill at night. Max and Lucas run down together, Dustin stays behind, looking very melancholy. Voice-over continues: "We're just going to sit in my basement all day?" Cut to Will looking at two pictures of the group, one from the science fair and one from last Halloween. Will looks sad and distressed, he seems to be sweating heavily. Voice-over finishes: "Play games for the rest of our lives?" Cut to Dustin getting some big brother time with Steve at the ice cream shop where Steve works, with Steve's new blonde co-worker watching bemusedly.

     Music intensifies. THIS JULY 4TH (in the ITC Benguiat font of course). Cut to the Starcourt Mall (which we've already guessed will play a big role this season). Eleven and Max enter the mall. The look on Eleven's face is priceless, but then it makes sense. She's probably never seen a mall before. A new voice-over from Jim Hopper begins: "It is important to me that you feel safe." Cut to a group of people who appear to be protesting the Mayor. I froze the frame and read the signs, they all have a theme of "support downtown." One says, "Mayor Swine." If I had to take a guess, I'd say these folks are probably protesting the Mayor allowing the Starcourt Mall to be built. Hawkins is a small town, and they're probably worried about the smaller local shops going out of business, which would certainly fit with the era. Cut to a panning shot over the summer Fun Fair with rides, games and a big carousel. Hopper is at the fair with a "what the hell is that" look on his face. Cut to a gunman in the house of mirrors. Voice-over continues: "I want you to feel that this can still be your home." We see that Hopper appears to be saying this to Joyce Beyers.

     Here we go again, big letters: ONE SUMMER. Cut to Eleven on a stormy beach. In the background red lightning strikes. We then see Eleven in the "not upside down" place she goes to hear/see things. She falls through a bathtub, and then appears to sink into water. Big letters again: CAN CHANGE EVERYTHING. Cut to Billy in the shower, on his left arm his veins appear a reddish black, that can't be good. Cut to the kids in a hall with the lights blinking, very season one-esque. Cut to the kids going down a slide in between the escalators at the mall. Cut to the kids running out of a pair of double doors, Eleven in the lead. Cut to some type of generator exploding, sending a man in a protective suit with a World War One style gas mask backwards. He appears to start disintegrating. Cut to Lucas' annoying sister crawling through air ducts. Cut to the whole crew, including the girl Steve works with (and maybe his new love interest?), at the mall, looking weary and bruised. Eleven has a nose bleed, Steve has a black eye and Jonathan has either a bruise or is bleeding (it's hard to tell) over his right brow. Cut to black.

Now we get our first look at Cary Elwes as Mayor Kline. He's standing at a podium with a patriotic colored marching band behind him. He yells out "Happy Fourth of July!" Fireworks go off and the crowd claps. What followed next is a series of several rapid cuts that I'm just going to list because of how fast they go by:

     - Rats running either towards or away from something. This was teased a few days ago.

     - The actor Jake Busey (we know nothing about his character yet) walking towards the camera with blood caked clothes and a psychotic grin on his face.

     - Steve, Dustin, New Girl and Lucas' sister trapped in an elevator. Their faces indicate they are in trouble.

     - Eleven with an American flag bandana doing her thing in the frozen food aisle in front of Eggo waffles.

     - Hopper aiming his handgun at someone/thing at the fair.

     - Energy flowing into or out of what looks like a portal. Again, that can't be good. 

     - Some ride at the fair.

     - Jonathan in a dark hall with some kind of blob-thing taking form. He appears to be frozen in place.

     - Lucas firing his wrist rocket.

     - Terrified Nancy covered in water or sweat.

     - Someone's pupil. I don't know who it is, but they have green eyes. I'm sure someone smarter than me will figure out who it is by the end of the day.

     - A bunch of girls in 80s-style workout pants.

     - Back to blob-thing and Jonathan, blob-thing is still growing. Why in the hell aren't you running yet Jonathan? I know you're smarter than that.

     - Jake Busey firing a gun (I think it's an AK, but I'm not a gun expert) in what looks like a recreation of the club scene from The Terminator. He's even got a jacket like the one worn by Kyle Reese.

     - Eleven and Max posing in dresses.

     - Two women I don't recognize walking at night. This seems random, but I'm sure there's a purpose for it.

     - Steve acting silly at the ice cream shop.

     - Blob-thing and Jonathan again. Run goddammit!
     - A bloodied Steve screaming with a gun to his head.
     - Billy flirting at the pool.

     - Hopper and Joyce running through the fairgrounds as they hold hands. I don't think this is in a good way because Hopper is wearing the same shirt as the earlier mentioned scene where he's holding his gun.

     - Eleven falling.

     - Eleven and Mike kiss, the internet loses its collective mind.

     - A Volkswagen spinning out of control.

     - Will in the rain. The look on his face has me worried.

     - Murray Bauman (the crazy reporter who helped Nancy and Jonathan last season) in a sleeveless shirt waving his arms as if signaling danger.

     - A female lifeguard sinking into the dark. While (maybe) Billy watches?

     - Eleven screaming and using her powers.

     - Blob-thing and WHY AREN'T YOU RUNNING YET!? Pans slightly back to reveal Nancy on the other side of the hall. Oh, that's why. Goddammit. The lights go out before coming back and revealing a monster that I honestly don't know how to describe other than "thing to run away from really fast." It has teeth and saliva, it roars.

     - Stranger Things 3 theme music plays in all its synthesized glory.

     - Final scene is Steve and Dustin having a fake lightsaber battle at the ice cream shop. New Girl (apparently her name is Robin) asks "How many children are you friends with?" Steve makes a gesture like "see what I have to put up with?"

 

     Well there we have it folks, the Stranger Things 3 trailer breakdown, but wait, there's more. *Billy Hayes ghost collects royalties. We also know the titles of all the episodes, and they are:

  1. Suzie, Do you Copy?

  2. The Mall Rats

  3. The Case of the Missing Lifeguard

  4. The Sauna Test

  5. The Source

  6. The Birthday

  7. The Bite

  8. The Battle of Starcourt

     So, like every other Stranger Things fan, I've got a few guesses and theories about what I think may happen during this season, and I think there are several clues in the trailer and the episode titles. But this post has already gotten longer than I thought it would, so that will have to wait for another time. What do you guys think? Are you as excited as me? I'd love to hear your thoughts and predictions about Stranger Things 3. Till next time.

 

 

 

 

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