Stranger Things season 3’s latest teaser has older women creeping on a teen


The Stranger Things 3 trailer dropped in March. I’ll be honest, I haven’t seen season two because I didn’t care for season one. The new season is set to release on July 4th, which is clever since, according to the trailer, that is when this season is set. The trailer also suggests the core group is drifting apart due to adolescence. And, of course, that horrible things are still going bump in the night.

During the first trailer, there is a brief scene of the character, Billy Hargrove, strutting across the public pool deck in a lifeguard’s uniform (so, a whistle, sunglasses and swimsuit) while some young ladies check him out. Netflix just released that scene in a new teaser video and it shows that it’s not just the young ladies checking him out, but a whole row of older ladies who are sharkishly awaiting his shift:

It’s not a great look, for sure. Not only does is it lean too heavily on the desperate-mom trope, Billy was 17 last season, so even if he’s legal now, it’s a little gross. However, I know that much of the attraction of Stranger Things is the nostalgia and if that is what they are going for here, they might have pulled it off. Not nostalgia for anything that happened in real life, of course. My mom and her friends weren’t lounging around public swimming pools checking guys out, but there are so many 80s movies that had this scene in it. So if this is supposed to be a nod to 80s films, I give them credit for doing their research. Plus, TVLine thinks this scene suggests that hard-core lifeguarding is how Billy channels his anger, which, as a former lifeguard, I think is really funny. Whistles are a lifeguard’s stress-ball. One interesting note, according to IMDb, S3 E3 is called The Case of the Missing Lifeguard – dun dun DUN!

The new posters for season three have been released. Holy moly – I thought the first one was a throwback of Winona Ryder but it’s Millie Bobby Brown.

Hang out on a public deck chair for this? Nah, I’ll pass

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  1. Soapboxpudding says:

    I can remember my mom, newly divorced in the early eighties, perving on life guards at the local lake so this rings accurate for me. In hindsight, the “small town cougar” stereotype was pretty apt for her. Weird side note, I had to attend a class that we called “kids with divorced parents”. Divorce was new-ish and I guess they were worried about the handful of us who had “broken” homes.

    • CROWHOOD says:

      They had that at my school! It was called Banana Splits

      • Esmom says:

        Aw, that’s cute and kinda sad that they tried to give a divorce group a whimsical name.

    • The Dot says:

      Wow, that actually sounds way better than where I went to school. Divorce was pretty rare and when it happened, it wasn’t acknowledged openly and there was no thought to the kids’ well-being. Mostly people (like, teachers) would just talk behind their backs like that helps anything.

  2. Eyeroll says:

    Ugh. Billy. Hated him in Season 2. They’ll have to make him likeable this season if they want me to care about his possible disappearance. And I really hope the gang works better this season. Their dynamics were already shifting in the last one and it wasn’t as fun to watch as in the first season. Looking forward to more Steve! The best character arc on the show.

    • knotslaning says:

      Billy was the worst but his sister Max was really cool! They did a great job of making Steve more likeable because I couldn’t stand him in season 1 and he was my favorite in season 2. I can’t wait to see more Steve!

    • Erinn says:

      Steve better stay alive. Steve and Hopper forever.

    • Esmom says:

      Yeah, I wasn’t a fan of him either. He really disrupted the flow and dynamic of the show and his storyline was weirdly disjointed, imo.

    • Melody says:

      I have a theory that could make Billy interesting, if not necessarily likeable! Upon repeat viewing, my husband and I noticed a face on Kali’s (“The Lost Sister”) hit list that looked an awful lot like Billy’s dad. I think his dad worked for Hawkins Lab.

      • Eyeroll says:

        Hmm. That could be interesting. So maybe his disappearance has to do with Kali’s revenge? I guess it’ll be a mix of Hawkins Lab experiments fallout and the Upside Down creature. They can’t introduce Kali in the most unnecessary episode last season and drop her.

    • Veronica S. says:

      Lol, I know, the character is such a racist POS. Completely repugnant, which is a shame because the actor is so handsome.

  3. Erinn says:

    The last season ended with him hitting on / being hit on by one of the mothers. So this isn’t particularly surprising.

  4. Alissa says:

    Billy was the worst thing about season 2 in my opinion. I’m not as big on the show has everybody else seems to be, but I’ll end up watching.

    • Vanessa says:

      Billy was the absolutely worst he was a bully a racist and by the time the show explained that the reason he is the way he is was too late . It should been billy that die not bob

  5. josephine says:

    I lifeguarded at a private club in the 80’s/90’s. There was a lot of drinking and a lot of hitting on the staff, particularly lifeguards and tennis pros. (I personally think we were hired partly on our looks – not everyone was a supermodel, but no one was heavy and everyone was fairly attractive.) We were in high school or college, and it didn’t matter which gender you were, you were hit on. Sometimes while you were helping their kid.

    • Bishg says:

      There’s literally a show about this on Amazon Prime – Red Oaks!

    • whatWHAT? says:

      yeah, this. I was a lifeguard from age 15 to age 22, and regardless of gender, the lifeguards get hit on by the pool patrons…the teens AND the parents.

  6. Esmom says:

    The 80s realness of the trailer and of the show is amazing to me. They nail it better than anyone else. (Compared to say, The Americans, which didn’t really capture the true fugliness of 80s hair and clothing, as great as the show was.) Those posters!

    The pool in the trailer reminds me so much of the one where I lifeguarded in the 80s. Even the chairs are the same. The only unrealistic note to me is Billy’s swimsuit. The male guards at my pool wore tiny Speedos, lol! And I don’t recall any cougar-ish encounters. Most of the ladies who spent the day at our pool were grandmas who had nothing but time on their hands. Most moms stayed home, as it was an era of letting your kids go to the pool by themselves.

    Also we had no umbrellas on our lifeguard chairs back then (and sunscreen was rare). That would have impeded the ongoing quest for the ultimate tan, lol.

  7. launicaangelina says:

    I love the throwback book cover look of the promos.

  8. HC Robinson says:

    lol that mustache. thoughts on mustaches? my bf has one and it is HOT. never in my life expected to say that

    • olive says:

      this is barely a mustache, it’s more like a dirtstache, especially with all the peach fuzz hair around his chin. i find it really unattractive looking, looks like he vapes and lives in a trailer and rides a dirt bike around.

  9. Case says:

    The first season of Stranger Things was fantastic. The second season was good, but left something to be desired, so I’m kinda meh about the third season. I wish they’d made this an anthology series instead. Of course I’ll still watch it regardless, but meh.

    Similar show on Netflix I’m not meh about? Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. BRILLIANT show.

  10. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    People hit on everyone all the time. Cougars have always been an embarrassment just as middle-aged men scamming teen girls. It’s always been gross, and are more APT to be called out today, but we have a long way to go. When I was a teen, I was hit on by much older men…totally grossed me out, but I had girlfriends who liked it. Some even mentioned my dad. Barf. In my 40s, we’d go out drinking and dancing, and I was hit on by much younger men (and much older lol), and that grossed me out too. My son was in his 20s. But here again, some of my friends and acquaintances embarrassed the crap out of me. Maybe it’s just me, and I’m too uptight, but I don’t find it cute, funny or even flattering to have to remove myself because some tipsy human has their hands all over me. And I’m extremely protective of ladies I’m with, but trust me, not all of them want my help.

    Oh yeah, best part of that clip is Moving in Stereo!

    • Tamara says:

      I’ve always wondered how it feels if you’re a young mom and a contemporary is hitting on or God forbid starts dating your son. Must be absolutely enraging.

  11. Malificent says:

    I’m enjoying the subversion of the original Fast Times at Ridgemont High scene.

  12. Megs says:

    As embarrassed as I am about this, I have to admit I’m strangely attracted to this actor with his terrible perm. Maybe it’s some deeply rooted hair issues on my part, I’ve always had stick straight hair:/

  13. Cindy says:

    I think it’s because I don’t have any nostalgia for the ’80s (I wasn’t born back then), but I never got the hype for this show.