'Crazy' people are very often right in media.
Yes. In season one she was just barely keeping it together, but she did keep it together. She's actually a very strong character and I think she has been since day one.I don't think she was ever crazy as such. She was just under an enormous amount of stress. In spite of the occasional freak outs, her response to various impossible things is usually both rational and constructive.
I think it was leaning into that part of her character more than previous seasons had, and quite intentionally as this was rather clearly The Season Of Women Get Shit Down, but, yeah, it was very consistent.Yes. In season one she was just barely keeping it together, but she did keep it together. She's actually a very strong character and I think she has been since day one.
What's more, her actions in season one showed that she had a very, let's say scientific mindset. She tried things, testing and experimenting, and didn't let pre-conceived notions of reality get in the way of the facts she was directly observing. So early in season three when she started busting out the science books and advanced theories, that wasn't a development of the character, that's who she was the whole time.
I agree with this. It feels like S1 was a story that included some homages while S3 was a grab-bag of homages that were pressed into the shape of a story. I still like S3, of course, but this is a fundamental weakness in it.By now it's much more obvious that the homages are put in for their own sake: the stereotypical Russian bad guys don't seem like they're from the same genre as everything else.
As I recall the scene:Sure, but if it was the Mind Flayer, why? How does that help it gain control? Or if not that, what does the Mind Flayer gain out of it that it wasn't already getting? And if it was Billy hallucinating, why hallucinate that?
And I really didn't like Hopper much this season. I like David Harbour immensely, but Hopper was poorly written this time around IMO.
I loved the season as a whole, but holy FUCK, did I despise Hopper this time around. It didn't even really feel like the same character; he went from a flawed but very decent at heart person to a "brute" whose behavior — and I'm being kind here — verged on being abusive towards his adopted child and the woman that he wants to date. The policing of El's social/romantic life is gross, and the bit where he tells Mike that something happened to his grandmother to get him out of the house is inexcusable. By the end, I was happy to see him go, whether he got atomized or sent into the Upside Down.Hopper ... I get it, 80s, zero chill ... but his aggro attitude was actively pissing me off. And it made his interactions with Joyce frustrating to the point where I didn't buy their relationship, so I tuned out when Murray started telling them to go get naked.