Well at least in the past 30 years. But definitely the best part of Stranger Things 3.
Netflix series Stranger Things 3 was released just about a week ago to rave reviews by many. At the most climatic part in the season’s final episode we were introduced to a new character who gave us a magical moment that will likely never be rivaled for a very long time.
Dustin, one of the four main protagonist of the series, had returned from summer camp at the start of the season. Almost immediately he tells his buddies about the first and only thing on his mind from all summer, he new summer fling. The ultra-smart, uber-talented, hotter than Phoebe Cates, Suzie-poo.
When Dustin and team needed the answer to a mathematical equation that they were not able to recall, who knew that Suzie would have it right off the top of her head. But giving it away came at a price. We were then introduced to the Dustin-Suzie rendition of the theme song to the all-time 1980’s fantasy classic movie The NeverEnding Story.
Reluctant at first, as nearly the whole cast was listening as Dusty-bun sang a tune to his girlfriend over the radio airwaves. Lucas, Will, Nancy, Jonathan, Steve and Robin racing away from a monster. Hop and Joyce eagerly awaiting the number that only Suzie has at this point. The inopportune time showed on everyone’s face, but Dustin and Suzie had the time of their lives in this brief couple of minutes.
Just from the opening line…”Turn around, look at what you see-e-e-e…” takes you back to the adventures of Bastian, Artreyu, the Childlike Princess and Falkor. And then comes the joyous harmonization of Dustin and Suzie going line for line of the song with latter busting out to dance moves and striking a pose as if she was riding on the luck dragon herself.
In a show that’s chock-full of 80’s nostalgia from the start, particularly with this season flashing allusions of “New” Coke, fashion, shopping malls, movie references, Cold War struggles and technology. We also found several overt but familiar plot device we may have seen before in the likes of Goonies, Stand By Me, Aliens, and Fast Times at Ridgemont High. But the obvious “jewel of the Nile” (see what I did there) has to be little Suzie saving the world after a “NeverEnding Story” duet.
As a child of the 80s, watching a show about children of the 80s, A NeverEnding Story was everything to me, as it was and should be to everyone from that era. It was every kid’s fantasy fleshed-out in a movie. The “real-life” backstory of Bastian were relatable and the travels of Artreyu were envied. And of course everyone wanted to ride Falkor.
Obviously the writers of Stranger Things knew of its importance which is the reason why it was thrown into the apex of the final episode. Some people actually found fault in it though. A playful song and dance isn’t ideal in the most critical of time. I mean, who needs to hear kids professing their fondness for one another through a theme song of a movie when literally the fate of the world and mankind is at stake when time is of the essence. But that just enhances the experience. Aside from if Suzie really believed that she was saving the world, it really could have been the insprational tune that powered Joyce and Hop through their next few minutes to defeat Russians and monsters.
In either event, when Suzie finally proved to everyone that she was just more than a figment of Dustin’s imagination, it was right on time. It was the best scene, in the best episode in arguably one of Netflix’s best series. You may have to have been born somewhere between 1980 and 1990 to get the full appreciation of the scene, but if you didn’t like it, what will you like?