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Week 90.0 — 15th July '19

I really wanted to cover season 3 of Stranger Things last week but I still had two episodes to go! It's one of my favourite shows and one that just gets binged every time.

It's now been 89 weeks since I covered season 2 of Stranger Things as the opening article on 1 Thing A Week. If you haven't already seen seasons 1 and 2, I highly recommend them and if you haven't seen season 3 yet, I linked to the trailer back in March:

Nailing nostalgia

Growing up in the 80s and 90s, Stranger Things gets almost every bit of nostalgia spot on. This series felt a bit heavier on product placement, but it didn't detract from the story or the 'oh shit, remember those' moments throughout. Watching this time around, it brought back memories of so many different movies and TV shows from my youth. They just really have nailed that 80s feel from everyones hair to their clothes and every setting.

Every episode feels so well crafted and there's not a scene that looks out of place. The special effects are great and fitting for the era too.

It's hard to talk about it now with spoiling it but it's worth saying that like season 2, there are some nice character evolutions and multiple story lines that all converge together really well. Even the ending was fairly satisfying...









Stranger Things 3 spoilers

It should go without saying, but don't read on if you don't want to read any spoilers...

Despite the apparent closure at the end of the final episode, the credits are a little different, as if they were made in the Upside Down, hang on for a few seconds and there's a scene that sets up season 4.

There are characters you may have long forgotten about (Paul Reiser or Brett Gelman for example) who are referenced or, in the case of the latter, return to great effect. In all three seasons we've seen characters come and go and there's not a single case where they're there as just furniture.

This season is no different, whether it's Lucas' sister, the Russians or Robin. S3E1 felt a little slow, but the same was true of the first season but it gathers pace from there.

We don't get to see much of the Upside Down this time around, but we do get to see a miniature version of the mind flayer from season 2 terrorising the town of Hawkins. I thought it was a good create to introduce and everything gets tied together with Will being able to sense the mind flayer and with the reintroduction of the Demogorgon from the first season.

Have you watched season 3 of Stranger Things? Looking forward to season 4?

Update

I came across this great fan made video of a VHS quality intro to Hopper, PI, inspired by Tom Selleck's Magnum, PI.

Update

Spoilers galore in this video, but here's Netflix's "10 Stranger Things Monsters Who Aren't Playing Around":

Update

WIRED got the Duffer Brothers together to talk about nearly every movie reference in Stranger Things, really good watch and so many memories.

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Notable

Quick links and commentary on interesting articles, videos and more throughout the week.

  1. 90.1 – Monday
    1. 10 imposter foods you're eating that aren't what they say they are businessinsider.com
    2. Facebook is embedding tracking data inside photos you download @oasace on twitter.com
    3. Offset your carbon footprint with Project Wren projectwren.com
    4. Gruzovikus: the self-driving freight tractor truck artlebedev.com
  2. 90.2 – Tuesday
    1. Bound for the Moon: Apollo 11 Preparation in Photos theatlantic.com
    2. Sun Mao Woodcraft speaker with mortise-and-tenon joint   HK$ 399+ ZOWOO on kickstarter.com
    3. The Race of Life GMSThisVileKingdom on youtube.com
    4. Where are all the Bob Ross paintings? We found them. The New York Times on youtube.com
    5. How to watch the Cricket World Cup final axios.com
    6. Liverpool Football Club Champions of Europe season review 2018/19   £14.99 $ geo.itunes.apple.com
    7. Mark One: Apollo 11 Limited Edition Space Pen   $110 Dan Provost & Tom Gerhardt on kickstarter.com
  3. 90.3 – Wednesday
    1. Apollo 11: Descent to the Moon NASA & Apollo Flight Journal on apod.nasa.gov
    2. A modern outdoor playhouse gessato.com
    3. Full Moon puzzle   $25 colossalshop.com
    4. I'm not a racist... @MattCartoonist on twitter.com
    5. Reimagining Pepsi underconsideration.com
  4. 90.4 – Thursday
    1. Freddy Heineken's 1992 proposal for a 'United States of Europe' u/xtw430 on reddit.com
    2. Lua, the smart planter with feelings!   £89+ Vivien Muller on indiegogo.com
    3. Apollo 11 computer code is available on @github @mrpiercEy on twitter.com
    4. Honest Trailers: Shazam Screen Junkies on youtube.com
    5. That time Pepsi swapped soda for submarines twitter.com
    6. NASA releases incredible Apollo panoramas with unreal views of the moon cnet.com
    7. Instagram will now hide likes in 6 more countries techcrunch.com
    8. Hot Ones: Kumail Nanjiani sweats intensely while eating spicy wings First We Feast on youtube.com
    9. Hot Ones: Binging with Babish gets a tattoo while eating spicy wings First We Feast on youtube.com
  5. 90.5 – Friday
    1. 'CATS' trailer Universal Pictures on youtube.com
    2. 10 things that stopped Brexit happening (so far) bbc.co.uk
    3. The adidas Archive: The Footwear Collection   £100 Christian Habermeier on amazon.co.uk
    4. Neil and Buzz barely got out of the infield kottke.org
    5. Sorry about your window! Andrew Cookston on herochan.com
  6. 90.6 – Saturday
    1. How to make a mechanical 7 segment display from cardboard The Q on youtube.com
    2. Homer and Marge Simpson's iconic house has been given a stylish makeover housebeautiful.com
    3. 'Watchmen' Comic-Con trailer HBO on youtube.com
    4. 'Westworld' season 3 Comic-Con trailer HBO on youtube.com
  7. 90.7 – Sunday
    1. The United States drawn up by roads u/Homesanto on reddit.com
    2. How to argue with a Moon landing denier sciencefocus.com
    3. Trump & the 'R' word! Jonathan Pie on youtube.com
    4. Archeologist spends over 35 years building enormous scale model of Ancient Rome u/willburn61 on reddit.com
    5. Boris Johnson is days away from Downing Street axios.com
    6. Marvel Studios Announces Phase 4 at Comic-Con! geektyrant.com

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