Stranger Things became the hottest television series over this summer, becoming Netflix’s most popular show and in only 40 days after release having over 14 million viewers according to variety.com.
The show was released on July 15, 2016 and takes place in 1983. The creators are Ross and Matt Duffer, whom are known for their writings of episodes in Wayward Pines. Those episodes have a very similar spooky vibe like Stranger Things. The show depicts the lives of the people in the mysterious town of Hawkins, Indiana.
We see several different perspectives: a group of kids, a couple of teenagers, a depressed police chief, a mom that seems insane, and creepy government officials. This small, normal town is shown to hide a lot of secrets when a boy goes missing and a blood-shrilling monster is on the loose.
We are introduced to cute little nerdy kids playing Dungeons and Dragons in their friend’s basement, but that night, one of the boys, Will Byers (Noah Schnapp), disappears out of thin air. The boys, along with the town’s police force, search the whole town, and the only clues they find are Will’s lost bike and a big government building in the middle of the woods.
We are also shown government officials working on some types of science experiments, and a killer monster from another dimension is spawned from the building and is roaming around killing everyone.
The strange mystery becomes weirder when another person goes missing, teenager Barb Holland (Shannon Purser) and the boys find a strange girl in the woods named “Eleven” (Millie Bobby Brown) who thinks she knows where Will is.
Then introduced is depressed chief Jim Hopper (David Harbour), who launches his own investigation into the case of Will and runs into some deep government secrets the only leave the townspeople (and us!) with more questions.
The show has so much: Will’s mom, Joyce (Winona Ryder) who talks to christmas lights, two teenagers that buy bear traps and lighter fluid to fight the monster, and the little girl Eleven that can do strange things with her mind.
The thing for me is that the show has a really realistic feeling. The characters are really relatable and there are real world things like, parties, fights, love, and Eggos. I, myself, fell in love with the show. The Steven-Spielberg vibes and cute 80’s aesthetic leaving me spending every spare moment watching the show.
All over the internet people are coming up with crazy conspiracy theories: if Eleven is Hopper’s daughter, or if Nancy and Jonathan will end up together (hopefully!!). The show has gone viral, everyone everywhere is talking about it.
So what is so good about this show? What’s all the rave for? The show has great actors, realistic characters and relationships… and who doesn’t love the 80’s? The show leaves you constantly on your toes, with plot twists and cliffhangers on every episode.