Review: Stranger Things (TV Show)


Created by: Matt and Ross Duffer
Starring: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard

Welcome to the 1980’s! Full of Dungeons & Dragons, nerds, awkward telephones and Stranger Things!

Netflix continues to nail original show after original show and Stranger Things is no exception. Filled with an amazing cast, great effects, a killer story line and all the nostalgia of my childhood, I was glued to my television. In one season, I ranged every emotion I could think of and a few new ones that I’m not sure how to deal with. I don’t know that I have a negative thing to say about it. In fact, if you haven’t watched it and are mildly curious, stop reading this right now and go binge watch. Come back when you’re done.

I’ll wait.

Done yet? Ok, great! For those of you who haven’t seen it and still aren’t sure, I have no idea what you are waiting for. Hands down, Netflix is one of the few services that I pay for that I feel actually earns my money (and may even deserve a little more). From Daredevil, Jessica Jones and now Luke Cake, you had me at Marvel, but Stranger Things is truly original and more beautiful than the Mona Lisa. Sorry, Mona.

This epic tale starts out like all of them should, with a bunch of nerdy kids playing Dungeons & Dragons in a basement. By far not the best DM out there, they are having a blast fighting monsters until it’s time to call it quits for the night. Of course, that is when it all goes downhill.

Will, who is the bravest motherfucker around, disappears and the town starts their search and turn up with nothing after nothing. His mother starts to look crazy while his older brother tries to keep everything together and hold out hope for his brother’s return. All of Will’s friends are frantic to find him, but they find someone else instead: Eleven, a mysterious girl with powers, answers and enough social awkwardness to make me proud.

This tale unravels in the most elegant way; it is beautifully complicated. Just when you think you know what’s going on, they pull the rug out from under you and you are left staring at the ceiling wondering what just happened. You feel such a range of emotions for so many different characters that, at some points, you are left just an emotional mess hoping that everyone will have their happy ending, and that some people will get what they deserve.

I’m not even gonna talk about Barb.

The cast of characters fills quickly with Will’s friends, Will’s family, and unsuspecting members of the town just trying to get by in their everyday life. It’s full of insanity, dysfunction and confusion, but in the best way. I want to sit here and tell you about this show all day, reveal every goosebump, each moment I yelled at the TV, each time I was at the edge of my sit and starting a new episode, even if I was exhausted. However, I won’t. This show is the puzzle box, it’s so much that I don’t even know where to start and I would never finish.

At the end of the season, I was emotionally drained, happy it was over but wanting more at the same time. I hope you go and watch it, come out on the end as distraught as I feel and just as happy to have watched it as I am.

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