Stranger Things

Nope, not talking about the latest nonsense from you know who.  I’m talking about the Netflix series, Stranger Things.

There is so much to love about these eight hours of television.  First off, the story takes place in 1983 and revolves around four Dungeons & Dragon’s playing twelve year olds.  The boys are also science geeks that are picked on in school.  Think younger versions of the Big Bang characters, without the comedy.  One of them goes missing and the remaining kids try to unravel the mystery, along with older siblings and the mom, played by Winona Rider. Rider and Matthew Modine are the only two cast members I’ve heard of.  The cast is fantastic.  These kids can really act.  It’s small town Indiana in 1983.  The clothes, televisions, cars, everything from the period.  The soundtrack is eclectic, with some choice New Wave cuts from that early 80’s.

The plot is full of twists and turns and I didn’t find it to be predictable, which is partly why I loved it.  Too often these days, I can see the plot direction coming from a mile away.

The Duffer brothers wear their influences on their sleeves and I say that as a compliment because they have great taste.  If you were ever into Stephen King books and John Carpenter movies, you’ll love this.  Throw in an equal dash of early, fun, Spielberg, and you’ve got the picture.

I’d love to write a thousand more words on this but I don’t want to ruin the story for anyone.  I highly recommend that you give this a shot. It’s fun, it’s scary, and it often keeps you on the edge of your seat.  The Missus and I binge watched it last weekend. If you do watch it or have already seen it, leave a comment and let me know what you think.


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