Everywhere I look, people seem to be talking about Stranger Things, a new Netflix Original. I think it’s time I see what all the fuss is about.
Stranger Things stars award-winning actress Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers. Joyce lives in a small Indiana town in 1983. When Joyce’s 12-year-old son Will, goes missing, she launches a terrifying investigation into his disappearance with local authorities. As they search for answers, they unravel a series of extraordinary mysteries involving secret government experiments, unnerving supernatural forces and a very unusual little girl.
Last night I planned on watching the first episode of Stranger Things, season 1, but clearly the TV gods had another plan for me. I stopped at five out of sheer exhaustion, knowing that I had to wake up in just a few short hours for my toddler. It is incredible! I get what the fuss is now.
Not only does it grab you from the first episode and dig its teeth in, it also happens to be creepy, clever, fun and nostalgia inducing. All of the characters have great appeal, which makes it that more gut-wrenching when something happens to them. Winona Ryder is on top of her game… and the kids? You will fall for them immediately. Since the show takes place in the 80’s, there are tons of obvious nods to what made it such a great decade for science fiction, adventure movies, angsty teens, music, toys, cartoons… the list just goes on and on. One fabulous example is the “Goonies” like spirit the boys have. They don’t leave it up to the adults to solve the mystery of their missing friend.
It has to be said though, that despite all of the amazing details Stranger Things has, it is not a John Hugh’s movie or a great adventure starring the Coreys. It is a creepy drama with lots of scares, tears and violence. Stranger Things may not be for everyone, but if you love sci-fi and thrillers with a dash of the paranormal, you are going to love this show!
I can’t stress how obsessed I am with this show! I’m not sure how or if the Duffer brothers will do another season, but they have a fan in me for life!
If Netflix keeps churning out programs like this one, the big cable companies are going to become a thing of the past, just like cassette tapes and feathered hair.