Week of 10/30/2016: Show recommendation – Stranger Things on Netflix
I know I’m a tad late when it comes to the Stranger Things hype, but I just spent last night and half of today binge watching season 1, and I do have to say that the hype is well-deserved. Now, as someone who absolutely despises spoilers, I promise not to spoil any major plot details / story lines. The main thing I want to do is speak my mind on why I think Stranger Things is one of the best Netflix originals I’ve seen this far.
Set in a small Indiana town in 1983, Stranger Things revolves around three young boys following the disappearance of their friend, Will. Along the way, they run into Eleven, a mysterious little girl in the woods, who turns their admiration for fantasy and sci-fi into reality by introducing them to a brand new world. Meanwhile, Will’s worried mother works alongside the town’s sheriff to find her boy and ultimately uncover secret government experiments taking place in their town.
At risk of sounding like I am over-hyping Stranger Things, you will either be hooked on this show from the pilot (like me), or it just won’t be you’re kinda thing. As a writer; however, I have to appreciate the writing and level of creativity behind the show’s creators, Ross and Matt Duffer. Although the show as a whole pays homage to 80’s mystery, sci-fi, and thriller films, the Duffer brothers showcase their abilities to take these genres and create something new and incredibly suspenseful. I will admit that like most shows, it may take watching past the pilot to really get into the story and fully understand the world that they created…but what separates good writers from great writers, is an ability to not just hold one’s attention, but to command attention. In terms of the Stranger Things story line, the Duffer brothers really hit the nail on the head. I couldn’t stop watching it. In just 8 episodes, I fell in love with the characters. Every episode ended with a cliffhanger, and I just wanted to know, “What next?”and I am sure this will carry on with the next season.
I am super picky when it comes to TV, and I think what turns me off from most mystery / drama shows is that they introduce way too many plot holes too quickly without answering any questions. But I never felt that way when I was watching Stranger Things — sure, some things were left a mystery, but not to the point where it was too overwhelming to even think about.
In terms of the acting, I think the show has an impeccable cast. Although there were points in which I thought Winona Ryder overacted, the kids made up for it. I never really pay much attention to child actors, but the kids in the show captured a perfect sense of time and charm that it’s difficult not to fall in love with them. They offer that comedic relief when needed, and in some instances, even made me feel their heartbreak. I specifically want to point out 12-year-old Millie Bobby Brown, who portrays Eleven in the show. What a talent. With minimal lines and mainly just the use of facial expressions, she easily became my favorite character in the series.
So whether you’re looking for a nostalgic, fantasy, sci-fi, drama, mystery, or even comedic type of entertainment, I highly recommend looking into what Stranger Things has to offer.