I watched it. I liked it. Not as compelling as season 1, but I watched it pretty quickly. Still has the nostalgia factor plus a good story arc. There were some changes to the kids’ characters that were disappointing, but overall it was good. There’s also the Beyond Stranger Things show, which is like a Talking Dead for Stranger Things. The host is pretty annoying, but it’s pretty informative.
I'm enjoying it so far---it has a nice, early X-Files vibe to it (seasons 1-2/early 3), and I'm curious enough to keep watching for now (I assume we'll try to fit an ep in over this weeekend, even with family in from out of town), but I can't say I'm hooked thus far. But I'm willing to give it a whirl and see where it goes, still.
Heather and I watched all of the first season of Sense8, and enjoyed that, but our interest petered out early into season 2. May or may not pick that back up again, we'll see---which could happen with Stranger Things too, perhaps....
I strongly suspect the show's writers were not D&D players. That game in S3 Ep 3 looked like how someone thinks D&D is played when they've never actually played it. The wizard robes, the soundtrack, talking to the players in a dramatic voice and calling them "Sir Mike" and "Sir Lucas" -- it just didn't ring true. "Will the Wise"? So, none of them have character names different from their real names? I don't remember anyone playing that way. It's not really detracting from the show, but that and some other nostalgic items are bit off. I'm still enjoying this show.
Heather and I finished watching S3 tonight. It was definitely a significant fall-off from seasons 1 and 2: a 5 out of 10 or so.
There is a post-credits scene in the last ep for S3, after the "3 months later" scene and after the credits begin in general. Doesn't add a lot, per se, but it definitely looks like they're planning a S4, and that they're not done with the new themes introduced in S3.
We found the scene because we were watching the credits trying to figure out if Peter Gabriel was singing David Bowie's "Heroes" but we apparently missed that in the credits themselves (and apparently "Heroes" was sung by PG, from a 2010 album, according to some random internet page).
The girls were thrilled with this season (OMG! Boys!) but I told them that I did not think the D&D was any "adult fantasy" that I enjoyed.
In regards to my experience, maybe my brother's friends 1983 BASIC games (83-88) is what they were emulating but I didn't see it. My brother would sit in on my group of rotating DMs because it was pure BTB chaos.(He was 9-18 yrs old in the 80's and in contrast I was 12-21 yrs old. Everyone in my group was either my age or around a year or two younger/older) but I never even saw what these "Mentzer-ites" of his even looked like. I also had adult sit-ins on a regular basis (Bi-monthly?) as players to "see what this game is all about".
(BTW, the house that I was living in was like living in a weekend getaway for Madison Avenue assholes so it seemed like I was "Gopher" on "The Love Boat" half the time. I refused to "hide in the shadows" (basement dwelling) so thats when you see these D&D photos that I have were just "What the fuck are they doing in there everyday?" and photos were random.)
On the other hand, my brother had a "Moe" haircut like that kid which is spot on. So I'll give it that. To clarify, most of my D&D playing friends were not on the weed wagon so it wasn't about that factor either. The time that my brother DMed for my group, which was mostly "Aww... he's cute." and nothing to do with any endorsement on my part, was a comedy disaster. By the end of the 80's, he had a collection of invented concepts enough to fill two Unearthed Arcanas but he never looked back so perhaps there is something true to the way D&D was presented in this season of STRANGER THINGS but doesn't relate to me.
I'd probably destroy the "mind flayer" with my own version of a "psionic mind blast" and then go play some D&D...