Saturday, July 16, 2016

TV Show Review: Stranger Things

Netflix delivers another amazing original series with Stranger Things. The show mixes science fiction, horror, adventure, mystery, and teenage romance while throwing in lighthearted comedy and a deeper emotional core. It hearkens back to the Spielberg films with an optimistic undertone and a small town 1980s setting. I enjoyed every episode and the momentum rises all the way to the last shot of the first season. I sincerely hope this show returns for another round.

The mystery is introduced immediately with a Department of Energy facility outside of the small town of Hawkins, Indiana having strange occurrences before shifting to the focus to the four boys. These characters are introduced playing Dungeon and Dragons. Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Will (Noah Schnapp), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), and Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) have wild imaginations and ride the now symbolic bikes of an 80s childhood. When Will goes missing, it affects the town but mostly Will's mother Joyce (Winona Ryder) and Jonathan (Charlie Heaton). Joyce reaches out to Police Chief Hopper (David Harbour) who has also suffered past tragedy. 

Meanwhile, Mike's sister Nancy (Natalia Dyer) deals with typical teenage drama as she flirts with her new boyfriend Steve (Joe Keery) and studies for chemistry tests. The characters rapidly become embroiled in the conspiracy, and the three remaining boys discover a young girl named Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) with special powers. Her amazing story unfolds in tragic flashbacks as she suffers at the hands of a government experiment run by Dr. Martin Brenner (Matthew Modine). Something much worse is unleashed and it is shocking when finally revealed.

This Netflix series is just great, fun, entertaining, stunning special-effects, and a plot that will blow viewers away. The acting is wonderful and brings to life characters that are easy to root for. Plenty of laughs to be had throughout and each episode ends with a cliffhanger that makes this show incredibly bingeable.

The show has plenty of intense scenes of horror and utilizes every moment of the eight episodes to push the story along. The Duffer Brothers have delivered a gem capitalizing on nostalgia and delivering a fun, yet complex plot. Anyone with a Netflix subscription should check this show out and I'll be shocked if you don't enjoy it.

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