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Stranger Things Season 3 Trailer: A Frame-by-Frame Breakdown

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It’s the summer of 1985 and things are changing at Hawkins.

The four best friends aren’t kids anymore, and they’re spending less time playing D&D and more time at the mall.

But as much as things are changing, a lot is staying the same as Hawkins is plagued with a brand new monster seemingly from the Upside Down.

Even the Fourth of July can’t avoid the darkness that looms over this town.

The action-packed 2 minute and 50-second trailer is a bit hard to dissect, which is why we decided to break it down for you frame-by-frame.

Watch the trailer below and check out our breakdown!

 

Eleven Finally Has a Gal Pal

Elle and Max have become close and seem to be enjoying their pre-teen years doing the things girls love to do: dressing up, singing into hairbrushes and looking at magazines. They’re also fighting monsters, but let’s not focus on that just now.

Eleven and Max Stranger Things Season 3

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Basement D&D Has Been Replaced by Hanging at Starcourt Mall 

As Mike said in the trailer, they aren’t kids anymore and playing D&D in the basement isn’t as ‘cool’ as hanging out at the mall. But from the looks of it, danger follows them to the mall regardless, and they must all band together to fight yet another monster.

Starcourt Mal

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The Teens Are Building an Antenna

But why? Who or what are they trying to communicate with? Does it have to do with the Upside Down? Speaking of antennas, this trailer has some wicked tunes with The Who‘s “Baba O’Riley” and Mötley Crue’s “Home Sweet Home” setting an appropriate 80s vibe.

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Billy Shows Off His Bod at the Pool

Billy is showing off his bod and snagging all the ladies while working as a lifeguard. At one point, he’s even spitting his game at Nancy’s mother… again! Sure, his gig won’t stop him from messing with Max and her friends but seeing him shirtless will make up for his douchey behavior.

Billy Pool Stranger Things Season 3

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New characters in Town

Jake Busey has been tapped as Bruce, a journalist at The Hawkins Post with a sick sense of humor, while Cary Elwes is the town’s controversial Mayor Kline. Kline seems rather suspicious though we don’t know much about him, while we know something serious happens to Bruce as we see a shot of him looking deranged and bloodied. Maybe the Mind Flayer is controlling him and using him to cause havoc in town?

New Characters Stranger Things Season 3

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Steve and Dustin Are Better Friends Than Ever

Steve has a job at Scoops Ahoy because terrible summer jobs are a part of life. He seems to be enjoying his new gig and budding friendship with Dustin. We’ve all missed Dad Steve. His new co-worker, Robin, makes a snarky remark wondering how many “children” he’s friends with, but to her I say, girl, swerve. You don’t know all the things they’ve all been through together!

Steve and Dustin

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But is Steve alright?

A quick shot shows Steve all bloody and beaten up being attacked by something. Possibly the new monster? Could he actually die this season? Say it ain’t so!

Steve Stranger Things 3

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Eleven and Mike Are Still Together

Their young love needs to be celebrated, that is all.

Eleven and Mike

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Hopper and Joyce May Be Together?

There’s a scene where Hopper is rocking his best Miami Vice on what seems to be a date, but it also seems like Joyce stood him up for a wine night at home instead. There’s also a glimpse of Joyce and Hopper running through a fairground holding hands, but that may be less romantic and more ‘fleeing from a Demogorgon/ Mind Flayer.’

Hopper and Joyce

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Dude With a Gun

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe there’s a rule about not bringing guns into a fun house. The random gun-wielding dude in the trailer seems like a professional assassin, so I can only imagine what kind of trouble the kids have gotten into now.

Funhouse Stranger Things

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Is Billy Dying?

There’s a shower shot — again, no complaints — of his looking at a veiny and infected wound that seems to be spreading quickly. Was he attacked by something from the Upsidedown? Is he being used by the Mindflayer?

Billy's wound

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Monstrous Explosion

Dudes in hazmat suits are reminiscent of Hawkins Lab, which was shut down by Eleven last season. Is someone trying to reopen the doorway to the Upside Down?

Electrical Explosion Stranger Things

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Monsters, Monsters, Monsters

Demogorgon’s still exist because what would Hawkins be without them, but there’s also a new monster that seems to be at a hospital where Nancy and Jonathan are attempting to neutralize it. A closer look at the monster reveals he’s rather disgusting, and I wouldn’t want to get on his bad side.

New Stranger Things Monster

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Someone’s Sucked Into a Void

A blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment reveals a woman, possibly the same woman winking at Billy earlier in the trailer, being sucked into Eleven’s void of nothingness.

Eleven Void

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That Lightning Looks Awfully Familiar

Eleven is standing on a beach amongst flashes of red lightning, the same kind of lightning we saw during the Stranger Things season 2 finale when the Mindflayer was looming over the Upsidedown’s version of Hawkins. Considering they are in Indiana and nowhere near a beach, it’s possibly Eleven was drawn to Lake Michigan. She’s evidently wearing the same outfit in this scene as she is in other scenes where she falls into her void, bleeds from her nose, and looks like she got into an aggressive tussle with a monster. Take from that what you will.

Red Lightning Stranger Things

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Lizzy Buczak is the founder of CraveYouTV. What started off as a silly blog in her sophomore year at Columbia College Chicago turned her passion for watching TV into an opportunity! She has been in charge of CraveYou since 2011, writing reviews and news content for a wide variety of shows. Lizzy is a Music Business and Journalism major who has written for RADIO.COM, TV Fanatic, Time Out Chicago, Innerview, Pop’stache and Family Time.

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Things We’re Thankful For At CraveYouTV: 2020 TV Edition

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2020 has put a lot in perspective.

While it’s easy to say that it’s been a terrible year, it’s also been a year that has allowed us to reflect on and appreciate all that we have.

It’s the kind of year where we recognize all that we’re thankful for… and really mean it. 

To celebrate the holiday, CraveYouTV has put together a list of some of the TV-related things we’re grateful for this year: 

  • For shows slowly but surely coming back after the COVID hiatus. It was a hard few months without new content, but we’re grateful they’ve found safe ways to resume filming.
  • For McDreamy’s brief return on Grey’s Anatomy. Honestly, that alone could’ve made 2020 somewhat bearable.
  • For the second season of Virgin River coming to bless us this Thanksgiving.
  • For Tayshia Adams taking over the reigns from Clare Crawley and making The Bachelorette more tolerable this season. 
  • For 15 grand years with Sam and Dean on Supernatural. The finale wasn’t to everyone’s liking, but it gave us all closure. It was bittersweet to say the least. 
  • In general, for the ability for shows to have proper endings and finales. It’s always nice when a network lets a show sign off on its own terms. 
  • For the ability to watch older shows! With less airing on TV and streaming, it’s given us a chance to re-watch some oldies but goodies. 
  • For the well-crafted mysteries on The CW’s Nancy Drew
  • For medical shows tackling the real-life COVID pandemic to raise awareness. 
  • For Rio (and Manny Montana) on Good Girls
  • For Emma Corrin’s portrayal of a young and troubled Princess Diana on The Crown. The role came with plenty of criticism, but she took it in stride and gave an outstanding performance. 
  • For Atwater’s powerful stance against racist cops on Chicago PD. He’s one of the best characters to grace our screen. 
  • For Netflix expanding its holiday movie universe and giving fans some hope at a possible holiday movie crossover in the future. We’re looking at you Princess Switch 2!
  • For The Masked Singer putting the fun back in masks! 
  • For a two season renewal of Cobra Kai returning in January 2021. 
  • For The Mandalorian season 2, and Baby Yoda in general! We can’t get enough of the little guy.
  • For the Star Wars Lego Christmas special on Disney+.
  • For a second season of The Boys, a series that continues to intelligently skewer super hero fads while simultaneously reveling in what makes them fun. 
  • For a new season of The Great British Bake Off to heat things up. 
  • For the new trend of movies being released on streaming and in theaters at the same time. 
  • For The Good Place endings its four season run on a beautiful, melancholy note. 
  • For the entire Rose family on Schitt’s Creek. And that they finally got the recognition they deserved during the Golden Globes. 
  • For the 40th season of Survivor, which gave us some of the best gameplay with the greatest players ever!
  • For Netflix’s revival of Money Heist, which let the thrilling adventures of The Professor and his gang continue!
  • In general, for Netflix allowing us to watch TV shows from all over the world and in many different languages! 
  • For Fallon Carrington’s wit, sass, and style! 

We’d love to hear from you! What are you grateful for? What would you add to the list?

And now, we hope you don’t take this personally, but we’re going to take this day off to enjoy a delicious meal and some much-needed R&R with our immediate families. We hope you do the same! 

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at CraveYouTV!


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Yes, That Is Queen Amber from ‘A Christmas Prince’ in ‘The Princess Switch: Switched Again’

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Everyone loves a good Easter egg. 

It’s always a treat when a show that exists in the same “realm” includes a few nods to its sister show simply to appease audiences. In its last season, Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina had plenty of Riverdale references that delighted fans. 

And The Princess Switch: Switched Again was no exception. 

In a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment, Aldovia’s Queen Amber (Rose McIver), King Richard (Ben Lamb), and their royal baby from Netflix’s A Christmas Prince franchise all made a small cameo at Lady Margaret’s coronation in the Princess Switch sequel. 

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The brief appearance further entwines Netflix’s holiday movie universe in a way that has fans questioning if it could possibly be teasing a future crossover movie! 

Just imagine Princess of Belgravia, the Queen of Montenaro, and the Queen of Aldovia all working together to save Christmas!

If you think about it, it makes sense. Royal’s from other countries have long formed alliances and often interact for both business and pleasure, so thus, Queen Amber’s appearance during Montenaro’s was completely justified and necessary!

A crossover would be one epic Christmas offering; the only thing missing is Her Majesty Amelia Mignonette Thermopolis Renaldi, Queen of Genovia! You know we had to. 

However, some fans were confused as to how all the films were connected since in the first Princess Switch, Margaret and Kevin actually watched A Christmas Prince in the film. 

As one CraveYouTV reader pointed out, maybe they were streaming a “documentary.”

Netflix did give some clarity explaining that The Knight Before Christmas (also starring Vanessa Hudgens), Holiday Calendar, The Christmas Inheritance, and Holiday in the Wild are also entangled in the Christmas Movie Universe. Here’s how: 

“It felt like a natural fit to show one of our other films available on Netflix,” Amanda Phillips Atkins, EVP of production company MPCA that produced the films, shared about the connections. “That one seed of an idea soon turned into fun opportunity to tie the various worlds together with small easter eggs from movie to movie.”

Regardless of whether a crossover is on the horizon, seeing Amber and Richard was a sweet treat for fans of Netflix’s robust Christmas collection during a time we need it the most! 

Read our review of The Princess Switch: Switched Again now. 


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Best Tweets About the ‘Grown Men’ Group Date From Tonight’s ‘The Bachelorette’

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The Bachelorette Season 16 Episode 6 best tweets

The Bachelorette Season 16 Episode 6 pitted the men against each other. 

Ashley Iaconnetti Haibon and Jared Haibon made a cameo to host the “grown-ass men” challenge. 

See the best tweets from tonight’s episode including all the #Bennett love/hate. (He was trending early in the night on Twitter!) 

https://twitter.com/prairieparsons/status/1328867124434116611?s=20

https://twitter.com/amirelesjr/status/1328870062783160320?s=20

https://twitter.com/petersgolfcart/status/1328875550237216769?s=20

https://twitter.com/kellie__mariee/status/1328895155923980289?s=20


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