Here’s our top 5 reasons why you need to watch Stranger Things. Netflix’s ode to 1980’s supernatural science fiction.
There is little doubt that Netflix are the masters of original content. They’ve released shows that captured the publics attention but not garnered a great deal of Buzzfeed articles. The number of Buzzfeed articles written a show being directly proportional to a show reaching the higher echelons of pop culture.
But for every House of Cards, Orange is the New Black and Daredevil you get the likes of Hemlock Grove, Sense8 and Marco Polo.
But the streaming service seems to have a bona fide hit on their hands in the shape of Stranger Things. This 1980’s horror / science fiction / adventure / supernatural / drama / mystery hybrid has been racking up positive word of mouth since it dropped in July.
The show focuses on the tale of Will, a young child who vanishes mysteriously. The next day Will’s friends find a psychokinetic girl, who claims to know the whereabouts of Will. As they uncover the truth, a sinister government agency tries to cover it up, but a more insidious force is lurking as well.
With Game of Thrones over for the year, Stranger Things might be the show to fill the void left behind. Here are our top 5 reasons why you need to watch the Stranger Things.
Right away, the major selling point of the show has to be the cast. Only Lyanna Mormont actress Bella Ramsey betters the outstanding Stranger Things cast of young actors.
They are joined by established character actors, such as David Harbour and Winona Ryder. The combined younger and established cast bring something exciting to the show. It’s even been said that Harbour’s Hooper has the best right hook since Indiana Jones and this is true. He believably goes from jaded police chief to, i don’t want to say, all action hero throughout the course of the show. Winona Ryder hasn’t been this good in a long time either.
Boy (Will) goes missing. Weird girl (Eleven) turns up. Shit goes down. That’s the plot in a nutshell.
The story is gripping from the off with its combination of mystery, adventure and supernatural elements coming together brilliantly.
As a child of the 80’s / 90’s it is hard not to watch Stranger Things without thinking about the TV shows and movies that influenced it from that era.
At points you would imagine that the Mike, Dustin, Lucas and Eleven would interact with characters from the Goonies or ET. You are even hoping that Hopper would meet Fox Mulder, Dale Cooper or John Munch at some point during his investigation.
Will’s disappearance is merely the McGuffin that sets the story in motion but it’s not a simple throwaway. Once we start learning more in the show we are left want to know everything.
You need to remember the Duffer Brothers, the creators of the show. In eight short episodes they take a simple premise and create an entire mythology for viewers to explore. One that seeps through season one and may form the basis of season two.
They give answers away, but not enough to quench your thirst to learn more. Once the credits roll on season one you are eager to learn more about Hopper, Eleven, Hawkins Laboratory and the mystery of where Will ends up.
Even the theme tune and title sequence come at you like something from an early 1980’s video game or TV show. Keep an eye out for the font used popping up everywhere over the coming weeks and months.
It’s hard not to watch Stranger Things without thinking that this is a fully realised TV environment. One that only someone like Netflix could bring to the small screen.
The steaming service have showed time and time again that once their name is on something that you are sure to expect high production values. This is the case once again with Stranger Things.
The world feels lived in and no one looks like they stepped out of a magazine advert. The fashion is bad but still still not as bad as the 80’s was. The town seems somewhat depressing which is, i assume, era accurate. The support cast are great and go through personality changes that don’t hamper, but enhance, the storytelling. Finally the fact that Dungeons and Dragons plays such a pivotal role seems era accurate also.
The last reason why you should be watching it is because of everything we mentioned above. Once again shows that Netflix know what the audience needs before they even know. In eight hours the Duffer Brothers have managed to create something that transcends the summer. A summer that has lacked standout cinematic releases.
The show ends up being a perfect storm of a great young cast, captivating plot driven by a central mystery and a believable set up. This is definitely one of the best shows of 2016 so far.