Friday, July 22, 2022

Emmy Catch-Up: Stranger Things

Stranger Things: Season 4, Episode 3 “Chapter Three: The Monster and the Superhero” (B+)

Paul Reiser really is everywhere on TV these days, making an appearance in a few episodes of “The Boys” and earning an Emmy nomination last season for “The Kominsky Method.” Fortunately, Sam seems most interested in Eleven’s wellbeing, and, more importantly, in positioning her as their best chance at defeating Vecna to save Hawkins. It wasn’t a great time for Joyce to leave with Murray to fly to Alaska, and it wasn’t a surprise that Angela pressed charges against Eleven. Going back to fighting monsters might actually be less stressful than the teenage bullying she’s had to endure, and the chance to get her powers back would be very worthwhile. Steve needing to stay with his car because no one else could drive it was a good opportunity for Robin and Nancy to team up, but Nancy is far too distracted and closed-off to realize that Robin has a lot to offer. Being comfortable coming out would make things much easier for both Robin and Steve, but I doubt we’ll get to that on this show anytime soon. Max was all for going into the therapist’s office to try to get the information she needed, but what she found is much more troublesome. Hopefully, having knowledge of everything that has happened so far will make her able to resilient Vecna, but having her name said was absolutely an ominous way to end this episode. Lucas isn’t making great choices, not that he has any good options, and those brainless teammates of his are the last obstacle that everyone needs to deal with right now.

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