Stranger Things are Happening!


Every once in a while, Netflix releases a jaw-dropping series that people binge-watch for the week.  Television networks do crank out new series every year, but Netflix seems to push out series with edgier content.  Netflix has become the new TV and more audiences are flocking to the streaming series each year.  This summer has been great for binge-watchers alike, with the new sci-fi/thriller series Stranger Things keeping the audience on the edge of their seats.

Stranger Things is a supernatural sci-fi thriller series that was released on July 15th.  The series revolves around the disappearance of 12-year-old Will Byers in Indiana on 1983.  Will’s mother Joyce fears for her son, searching to find Will after his disappearance.  Police Chief Jim Hopper launches his own investigation while on duty, only to discover a horrific surprise of his own.  His trio of friends Mike, Lucas, and Dustin look for their lost friend after their Dungeons & Dragons match.  Upon searching for Will, the trio meet a mysterious woman named Eleven who has psychokinetic abilities within her mind.  This storyline runs into even more complications as the U.S. Military is out on the hunt for Eleven.  The shows cast include Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Millie Bobby Brown, Charlie Heaton, Natalia Dyer, Cara Buono, and Matthew Modine.

Fans raved over the release of Stranger Things, especially for its homage to the nostalgic 1980s films.  The costumes, trends, and overall culture fit together to create the look and feel of a film right from the 80s.  For the series title sequence, red neon lighted letters are slowly placed together to spell out ‘STRANGER THINGS’ in the end.  Audiences that grew up watching classic 80s films will be sure to travel back to the days of walkie-talkies, communist Russia, and that Atari system that everyone wanted for Christmas!

The 1980s was a golden year for sci-fi/thriller films that hit the theaters.  Customers flocked to the theaters to see John Carpenter’s The Thing or to watch Sigourney Weaver kick some alien ass in Aliens.  Japanese director Katsuhiro Otomo even jumped in on the bandwagon with the release of the classic anime Akira on July 16th, 1988.  It was a great year for sci-fi films since those were all in the rage during that decade.

Overall I thought Stranger Things was an incredible series to watch.  It was a nostalgic series that took me back to the simpler times of Atari and walkie-talkies.  The Duffer Brothers definitely hit this one out of the park because it became one of the most popular series to binge-watch this summer.

While I enjoy new series that take place during the present, I find comfort in the story lines that take place in the past.  There were exciting times before things like smartphones and Facebook were released into the world and shows like Stranger Things help captivate the millennials into those simpler decades.  Watching shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer made me reminisce about the unique trends of the late 90s/early 2000s when the internet itself was a new idea.  If you loved 80s films or just want to watch something to remember the days when Atari was the best home gaming console, I highly recommend checking out Stranger Things on Netflix.

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