The Stranger Things Feeling.
Christmas lights forever changed.
Let’s start with Stranger Things because we all are in love with this show. Everything from the 80s to the music, story that reminds very much of The X Files meets E.T. A very Spielberg horror setting in the small town of Hawkins, Indiana, 1983.
Here are five kids that I have instantly fallen in love with.
Will, Mike, Dustin, and Lucas are best friends. When Will goes missing, it is up to the police chief, his mother, and his friends to investigate the terrifying cause of his disappearance.
This is where it all starts. From the very first episode, I was hooked. The experience of watching this show is very different from what we’ve been watching all this time. It is like watching an 80s VHS tape, the theme to thank for. I think the environment and experience of this show deserves a nod in itself. We’re all a little fan of nostalgia, and this show delivers that perfectly. Almost as if we were waiting for it.
It takes a little time for me to like characters but with this show, it was hard not to get emotionally invested in these fictional characters from the very first episode.
Winona Ryder as Will’s mom, Joyce Byers, is perfect as a mother looking for her lost child. The best thing about Joyce was her strength and belief in the fact that her son was still out there when all hope was lost.
David Harbour is fantastic as police chief, Jim Hopper. His portrayal of a broken man and a devoted police chief is pure flawlessness.
Coming to the kids, Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), are absolutely delightful, with their geeky references and sassy remarks. These days, kids on television are not so likeable or engaging. But doubtless, these kids will restore faith in humankind.
And when we talk about the kids, it’s wrong to not mention Millie Bobby Brown as El (Eleven). This girl is phenomenal playing the part of the mysterious little Eleven. To know her is to love her.
Obviously The Duffer Brothers are well aware of what keeps the heart and mind satisfied. They did it with the help of good storytelling and minimum cheap tricks and jump scares. Thank you to The Duffer Brothers and Netflix for an incredible binge watching adventure.
What others are saying:
I was never a fan of anything scary and Stranger Things was no different – INITIALLY! The scare turns into curiosity pretty fast! With nerdy science kids (as far as the 80s go) spouting awesome literary references (Mirkwood was why i kept watching and Lando Calrissian? Most epic moment of the series ever!!! Also the double entendre of a “policeman” being Lando which means they’re also feigning to work for the public when in fact they’re working secretly for corrupt govt. officials).
What clinches the series is the acting skills of five children (including Eleven), the beautiful color palettes used in editing and of course, how the screenplay artfully begins with shoddy 80s horror film cliches and takes off quite suddenly into this awesome X-files-esque telly-verse without losing out on the fairy tale-ish vibe they kept in every episode. Winona Ryder’s performance as a desperate mother perceived as delusional by the society was the only un-80s thing (as far as 80s on screen things go) in the entire series. It is quite a feat to create over 10 episodes in a fashion that is no longer trendy and to engage audiences only with the power of storytelling. It’s a big ask and Stranger Things answers with gusto! It’s been quite a while (since the Marineford Arc episodes of One Piece) that I have been this satisfied with a series binge. – Soham Sanyal
One of the best series of these days… catches you fast and keeps you on edge of your seat till you finish watching the whole season. Waiting for a second season as marvelous as the first. – Shivam Dey