The city of Hawkins, Indiana is moving up in the world, and that means we get a fun new retro-style peek at Season 3 of Netflix's Stranger Things.
The show's third season will show us a different side of Hawkins and the kids who fight evil on its behalf. Specifically, we'll finally get to see what summer vacation is like for the kids, and how they spend their time away from school beyond trick-or-treating or playing D&D at Mike's (Finn Wolfhard). David Harbour (Hopper) has teased that we should paying particular attention to the blockbusters of 1985 to get a sense of what's in store, and Noah Schnapp (Will Byers) has teased the kids hanging out at the pool and at the mall.
Season 3 is still filming, and much of that famous Stranger Things secrecy is still in play, so we haven't seen any trailers for the new episodes just yet. Today, though, we did get a fun retro commercial, not for the show, but for Hawkins' brand new Starcourt Mall.
If you grew up in the '80s and '90s, there's a part of you that's probably aching for the simple days when you could kill hours in the cozy commercialistic confines of one of these monuments to shopping, and the Stranger Things marketing team knows exactly how to tug at those old emotions. This place covers all the mall greatest hits, from the Sam Goody to the Orange Julius to the good old '80s font of the Claire's boutique sign. We even get a peek at Steve's (Joe Keery) summer job, scooping ice cream at Scoops Ahoy!, and in the process get our first look at Robin (Maya Hawke), the new "alternative girl" character in turn, who certainly doesn't look too enthusiastic to be earning minimum wage at the food court.
So, while we don't technically have any new footage yet, we do now have a sense of where some of the Hawkins kids will hang out during their summer... as well as a sense of what new things the creatures of the Upside Down can destroy.
Stranger Things 3 is in production now. Hopefully we'll get even more peeks at the new season later this week as San Diego Comic-Con gets underway.