Netflix released a new season four trailer over the weekend welcoming Stranger Things fans to California and we react with our theories.
Over the weekend, on what has officially been desigated Stranger Things Day, November 6, 2021, the day that Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) mysteriously vanished from Murkwood and was presumed lost and missing in the woods of Hawkins, Indiana in the show's first season, Netflix in celebration dropped the season four trailer. We react with what we know and our theories about the highly anticipated season. First and foremost, we know we aren't in Hawkins anymore.
Fans of Stranger Things ought to recall the teary goodbye between Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Will, Nancy (Natalia Dyer) and Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) as the Byers sold their family home and pulled away in their moving van and passed the city limits sign, "Leaving Hawkins, Come Again Soon" as the finale came to a close. We cried along as Eleven read Hopper's (David Harbour) speech and watched in fascinated horror after partial credits rolled as a scene depicting an imprisioned American at a facility in Kamchatka, Russia and the existence of another Demogorgon were revealed. To say it gave us goosebumps is an understatement. In our hearts we knew that Hopper was alive, the fight with the upside down and the story wasn't over yet.
We meet Eleven in sunny California to the tune of "A Place in California," by Jeremiah Burnham that's reminiscint of The Beach Boys playing softly as she narrates a letter to Mike. It has been 185-days. That's just over 6-months since the Byers family and Eleven left Hawkins. Eleven describes her life in California, how she's adapting to her new surroundings and her "friends" at school, but it's clear she is an outcast and being bullied by her peers. We see her crafting an art project for class in a Reebok shoe box of the cabin in the woods that she shared with Hopper and follow both to school, but not before we spot Will Byers, artistic as ever drawing in his room and a long-haired Jonathan Byers who's clearly adapted to California life after high school smoking pot out his bedroom window.
Rocking a new set of bangs and her usual Hopper-esque jeans, t-shirt and flannel, Eleven doesn't fit in with the bubblegum pop surfer crowd of dare we say, The Valley. She's excited that she will be returning to Hawkins soon to see Mike over spring break declaring, "We will have the best spring break ever!" As expected, this is where things take a darker turn as the tune warps sinisterly and we're transported through several clips. We see Eleven at the Rinko-Mania being hazed Carrie White style, Joyce (Winona Ryder) opening a package containing a Russian doll presumably from Hopper, the Byers house in California seemingly under seige by armed assailants, Murray (Brett Gelman) listening to radio chatter, Eleven apparently kidnapped by men in black, we see what appears to be an active military site in a very Area 51 setting, a desert diner called County Line Cafe, an underground U.S. military bunker and plenty of explosions. It's going to be one hell of a spring break.
After the previous trailer, we know we'll also be getting some kind of flashback episode with Dr. Brenner in some variation of a Rainbow Room with several other number test subjects. It's likely that Eleven's kidnapping has to do with his experiments. We don't see anything about the whole gang in this trailer, but a previous trailer set in Hawkins depicts Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), Max (Sadie Sink), Steve (Joe Keery), Nancy and Robin (Maya Hawke) exploring the haunted Creel House. Creel House is also home to the Grandfather Clock that we've heard ticking in several of the trailers for the fourth season and it appears to have ties to the Upside Down. The owner of the house, Victor Creel as we know is a distrubed murder suspect imprisoned in a psychiatric hospital and will be played by horror icon Robert Englund. Victor Creel will first appear in Chapter One: The Hellfire Club in season four.
Netflix also dropped all of the titles of the nine episodes releasing for season four. Episode three, The Monster and The Superhero, tells us that their may be a showdown between Eleven and the baby Demogorgon from the season three finale. Episode four, Dear Billy, indicates we may see the return of Billy (Dacre Montgomery) for at least one episode. We suspect, we're going to get a lot of the mysteries behind Hawkins Lab revealed to us this season based on the titles alone.
Obviously, I'm excited for the new season to release. Stranger Things is a series I absolutely adore. It's not only nostalic of the 1980s for me, but harkens back to my love of science-fiction, horror and adventure films like The Goonies, E.T. The ExtraTerrestrial, Super 8, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and even Attack the Block. I'm also hopefully that season four won't be the end of the series, but if it is, Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer or The Duffer Brothers are certainly sending it off with a bang.
Season four of Stranger Things is likely to release in Summer 2022, but there is no official release date yet. Catch up on all the episodes on Netflix.