By: Kendra Thornton
I had heard nothing but high praise for the hot new Netflix series ‘Stranger Things’, but for a while I didn’t take the bait because I am usually not into sci-fi films. I finally decided to watch it because I had just finished my other show, and saw that the first season was only eight episodes. I watched the whole season in two days. I have never been so intrigued and confused by a show in my life. To give a bit of an overview (without spoilers), the series takes place in the ‘80s, and even thought I wasn’t alive during the ‘80s, it feels like I have been transported back to that time while watching the show. When one of the boys in town mysteriously goes missing, his friends team together to find him. Throughout their search, the boys uncover several mysteries and learn that there is more to the situation than meets the eye.
I think that Erik Kain’s article beautifully sums up why this series is such a hit. I especially agree with his point that the series was the perfect length. It never felt stringed out like other shows can sometimes get in the final seasons. I also think the casting of this show is brilliant, especially Winona Ryder, who made us all cry with her over a ball of Christmas lights. The young cast is so quirky that we love in the first five minutes of the first episode. ‘Stranger Things’ is such an amazing series with a strong ending that the idea of a second season scares me because I don’t know how they can top the first.
Since the series is only eight seasons, I suggest you watch the whole thing. Even if you did watch one episode, you would end up watching the whole thing anyways.