Review: Stranger Things Season 1 Episode 3 “Chapter Three: Holly, Jolly”

When “Stranger Things” is focussed on gritty science fiction elements, its level of maturity, engagement and intellectualism increases, as both the opening and closing sequences benefit from superbly directed horror aspects and a dark, foreboding potency that pushes the show towards more unique content rather than the clichéd tropes presented in often tediously paced sequences that provide little influence over other characters or narratives, and though Winona Ryder’s character is annoyingly melodramatic (again, I am unsure if this is due simply to the writing or Ryder herself), the back story and emotional development of Eleven is appreciated and should help to differentiate the character in coming episodes. 7.8/10