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Stranger Things is a sci-fi mystery show available on Netflix. It was created by Matt and Ross Duffer, and it stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Millie Bobby Brown, and Finn Wolfhard. Chances are you’ve already heard of it because it was massively popular a couple months back when it was first released. I was late to the Stranger Things train, and I just watched it over the course of this past week. I finished the show last night, and I felt the need to talk about it on here.
Stranger Things was a show that I had heard nothing but great things about. I had many people telling me that it was something that I needed to watch; I just hadn’t gotten around to it until this past week. Well, now that I’ve finished season one, I’m upset with myself for not watching it sooner. From the very first episode of this series, you can tell that it’s going to be different. When I sat down and actually started watching it, I planned on only watching one episode that day. I ended up watching five. The show hooks you in almost immediately, and you can’t help but binge-watch because you need answers to all of these questions you have.
Part of what makes the show so entertaining is its fantastic cast. The plot in this show, for the most part, is split into three forward-moving story arcs. What I would consider to be the main one of these story arcs involved this group of five young kids. All of the kids that played these characters were great! They all fit their roles extremely well, and you completely bought into each and every one of them. From the other two story arcs, each of the performers also played their roles wonderfully. Amongst all of the great performances in this show, there were three that stood out as being fantastic. Those were David Harbour, Winona Ryder, and most of all Millie Bobby Brown. Harbour played the Chief of Police and he made him just a regular guy. He wasn’t the cliché cop that is in most mystery stories. Millie Bobby Brown was by far the biggest surprise in this show. She plays a mysterious little girl named Eleven, who shows up out of nowhere early on. Over the course of the show, we learn more about her, and Brown really played up that mysterious aspect to her character.
The show is set in a small American town in the year 1983. Not only was it set then, but at times the show feels like it actually came from the early eighties. From the fonts used in the title sequence, to the way most of the shots are arranged, to the general graininess of the camera throughout the show, the showrunners really sold Stranger Things being in the 80s.
The suspense built throughout the show added yet another layer to this already fantastic show. The plot throughout is enough to keep you really tuned in and interested to see what happens, but the suspense throughout the show really drives home your desire to binge-watch it. The show does a great job at teasing the sci-fi aspects of the show. They give you such little bits at a time, and it makes you really curious to see how they will handle these elements.
Overall, I loved season one of Stranger Things. It was unlike any show I’ve seen before. It almost has an E.T./Super 8 vibe to it, yet it brings its own flare into the mix. The show does a great job building its 80s setting, and the suspense really keeps you at the edge of your seat the whole time. I would very highly recommend watching season one of Stranger Things if you haven’t already! I’m really curious to see where they’re going to take season two of this show because it has the potential to be even better!
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