Like a whole lot of nerds, I’m trying ahead to the premiere of Stranger Issues Season 3. The trailers have it set in a superbly all-American, sweat-soaked suburban summer time. We’ve been promised hazard, pleasure, fireworks, and hijinks at an ’80s mall. Nonetheless, there’s one factor I actually need the third season of Stranger Issues to ship upon. I’m not asking for some large new monster to rise from the Upside Down, or a scorching and heavy teen romance. I’m not frightened about Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) attending to do one thing badass or Hopper (David Harbour) trying dad scorching. What I would like from Stranger Issues Season 3 is extra Mad Max.
Okay, okay, I’ve banged on this drum earlier than, however Stranger Issues wants to present Maxine Mayfield (Sadie Sink) extra to do! She’s launched as a phenomenally gifted gamesmen, an ace skateboarder, and one good cookie. However Stranger Issues Season 2 wasted her. Not solely did she have treasured little to contribute to the journey (in addition to driving a automotive), however she was persistently solely portrayed as an adjunct to the boys. She was an object of friction between Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) and Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), a nuisance to her stepbrother Billy (Dacre Montgomery), and her very look threatened Eleven. As I wrote again in 2017, “Max is a personality who feels concurrently actual to me, and but she additionally behaves like an grownup man’s poor recollection of what such a precocious teen nerd woman is. She makes use of large phrases, however is small on motion…She’s simply there.”
What’s irritating about that is that Max has a lot potential. She is ferociously assured, snappy with a quip, however extra importantly, she’s good. She might doubtlessly go toe-to-toe with the boys and even work out some main clue on her personal. After which there’s the entire Eleven state of affairs. In Season 2, Eleven was very clearly threatened by one other woman’s inclusion within the pal group. In actuality, Max and Eleven may very well be good buddies for each other. Eleven is at an age the place younger girls want the help and confidence of their feminine friends, and that implies that Max wants that, too. Maybe they might truly elevate one another up as a substitute of tearing each other down?
The excellent news is it seems to be like Eleven and Max will get to develop a friendship. The trailers for the brand new season and the promotional pictures reveal at the very least one scene the place the 2 youngsters get pleasure from ice cream cones and amusing. In addition they will apparently get an opportunity to hang around on the mall collectively and have a sleepover. So nice, ladies attending to be ladies. Hurrah.
Much more promising? Max is repeatedly seen with the primary group. She’s serving to Dustin, Lucas, Will, Mike, and Eleven elevate an antenna tower, she’s within the combine throughout a heated battle, and she or he’s additionally hiding (Jurassic Park-style) from a monster.
All this implies that Eleven will get extra to do in Stranger Issues Season 3; I simply hope it’s cool, enjoyable, worthwhile stuff, and never the everyday sidekick shenanigans.
Stranger Issues Season 3 debuts on Netflix on July 4, 2019.
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