Pop-up fair marks return of Stranger Things

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THE KIDS from Stranger Things

AS NETFLIX starts streaming the third season of Netflix’s Stranger Things, which premiered on July 4, a special pop-up gives fans a taste of the Upside Down.

To celebrate the show’s third season, PLDT and Smart have mounted a pop-up event at the SM Mall of Asia Atrium that runs until July 7 which is said to “transport [attendees] to Hawkins, Indiana during the summer of 1985,” via themed booths which will compel attendees to complete missions to defeat the Demogorgon into the Upside Down for prizes.

The eight-episode season is set in mid-1985 after the events of the show’s second season and the first episode deals with not only reacquainting the audience with the show’s cast of characters, it also features new family and friend dynamics and potential conflicts as the children deal with changes in their relationships.

Among the characters included in the third season are Mike Wheeler (played by Finn Wolfhard), Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), Dustin Henderson (Gaten Matarazzo), Will Byer (Noah Schnapp), Jim Hopper (David Harbour), and Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder).

The first episode — which was shown to the media and select fans on July 1 at the Bonifacio High Street cinemas in Taguig City — set the tone for the entire third season as it laid out all the potential conflicts (and there are many) while also catching up with what the characters have been doing since the end of the second season.

Dustin returns from summer camp worrying if his friends have forgotten about him. Eleven and Mike become increasingly attached and focused on their relationship which bothers Eleven’s adoptive father, Jim Hopper, who doesn’t know how to deal with puberty and hormones. And a new mall opens in town which strangles small-town businesses like Joyce Byers’ general store.

But Stranger Things wouldn’t be Stranger Things if no strange things happen, right? The first episode also set up a potential new enemy from the Upside Down, an alternate dimension where paranormal and supernatural things happen. There is a particularly gross scene that involves rats in the first episode.

“Everything you loved about Stranger Things is hyped up [in the third season],” said Mr. Wolfhard in a promotional video posted on the Netflix US Twitter account on July 4.

In all, it was apparent that Duffer Brothers have a clear idea of where they want the show to go for the third season, which may or may not be the penultimate season as the show’s creators previously mentioned that they would want the show to end on its fourth or fifth season.

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