Its 1985, and the syndicates hormones are running rampant as is a new being more spooky than a spiral perm. Prepare for a pacy, sexy period back in Hawkins
There is a scene in 30 Rock where Jenna get shed not, as she first presupposes, as a main protagonist on Gossip Girl, but as one of their fathers. She has to lie down as her daughter laments” Oh, mother, I can’t believe you’re dying of ageing .”” Don’t cry for me, Tartine ,” mutters Jenna bravely.” I’ve had a full life. Oh the things I’ve seen! The first Clinton administration. The Nagano Olympics. Microsoft Windows 95. But I’m 41 now. Time to die .”
This moment plays in the back of my spirit every time I watch Stranger Things , now back for its third season on Netflix. It is precision engineered to hook millennials-and-below with maximum scheme( so new to you, my fresh-faced, pink-livered beloveds, but actually so, so old-fashioned !) and blast the rest of us down a vortex of nostalgia so that we know not which surface is up. We may ourselves be in the Upside Down that has haunted the sleepy municipality of Hawkins, Indiana since the Duffer Friend concocted their adoration to the 80 s and caused a streaming superstar back in what seems like the distant epoches of 2016.