*sits down calmly and rationally*
I'll try and read up on the rest of this topic in a bit. But right now I must say something...
All I can say is that it's a good thing I don't know what to say at the moment, because I don't think much of it would get through the swear filters. I will say this much though.
Season 1: True horror...probably the best season
Season 2: I think it's really impossible for a horror movie/show to have a sequel that's equally horrific as the first. Alien had to become more action than horror with Aliens. Nightmare on Elmstreet II was nowhere near as good as the first and then it just went downhill from there. I think a part of it is just the fact that after the first, you know the rules. You know what the monster is, where it comes from, more or less what makes it tick and how it can be defeated. They did a decent job here introducing the Mind Flayer and making it even worse than the Demogorgon. And I really did like Season 2...except for episode 7...but let's just pretend that didn't happen and move on. It was a decent sequel. But even with the Mind Flayer, it just didn't hold quite the same terror as the first season.
Season 3: I don't know. It just seemed more self-aware than the other seasons. The balance between comedy and horror just seemed to a bit too skewed towards comedy. I mean, I'm supposed to be scared when the Steve and Robin are being interrogated by the Russians, but I'm laughing my ass off because I guess drugged people are funny. Oh...yeah...mother...hugging...Russians! I honestly found them more threatening than the Mind Flayer.
I mean, don't get me wrong. I did enjoy the hell out of it. There were some legit scares. And the series as a whole is total love. It's just...damn! There are bitter-sweet endings and then there's just bitter!
I think I need a moment alone.