Stranger Things Season 3

The kids of Hawkins, IND. have a new beast to deal with in Season 3 of Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things.’ (Photo: ScreenCap)

Stranger Things Season 3 has a new plot line according to Netflix’s first full trailer. Sure, plenty of monsters are lurking, but the teen stars appear to have another beast to slay–puberty.

Consider it “16 Candles” with a spooky alternative universe thrown in.

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The sense that viewers will be watching a “coming-of-age” show with a science fiction twist is reinforced by the setting. It’s the 1980s, when coming of age movies were the thing.

You may recall 1985’s “The Breakfast Club?” Five high school students from different walks of life endure a Saturday detention under a power-hungry principal (Paul Gleason).

The stars, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy, Anthony Michael Hall and Emilio Estevez became known as “The Brat Pack.”

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Same thing here: “Stranger Things, Season 3,” sort of asks the same question: Will the Upside Down ever be the same now that it’s competing with raging hormones?

Mikey (Finn Wolfhard) aptly sets the tone in the trailer. “We’re not kids anymore,” he pronounces in a voice over.

Not by a long shot.

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Mike and Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) are a hot couple along with Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) and Max (Sadie Sink).

Their coming of age rituals–going to the mall, hanging at the local pool and head banging to ’80s music–are the backdrop for the new season.

Double points if you can guess the Stranger Things Season 3 opening tune. (*See Below)

Netflix’s 2:49 trailer, rife with ’80s cultural touch points, picks up the story a year after the end of Season 2. It’s 1985 in Hawkins, Indiana and things aren’t quite right, as usual.

Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) leads off the opening scene. He’s relieved to be home until a procession of toys, led by a flashing robot, heads out of his bedroom down the hall to his living room.

He doesn’t know what to make of it, but apparently Eleven is using her telekinetic powers to set up a welcome home party. Dustin is too on edge for the surprise that awaits. When the kids spring their raucous welcome, he freaks out.

The next scene shows them traipsing through a field and setting up some kind of weird antenna.

Scenes of normalcy follow. But as we all know, it won’t last long.

Check out the Stranger Things Season 3 trailer below. The hugely successful Netflix series premieres July 4.

*Mötley Crüe’s 1985 hit song, “Home Sweet Home”

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