I am not much of a TV addict, I love films, but it takes a special TV programme to maintain my interest. This summer however I have been engrossed in the new Netflix series Stranger Things. TV has changed a lot in recent years, especially for Netflix fans. Previously you would wait from week to week to find out what happened, now you wait 15 seconds for the next episode to play.
I’d heard a few things about Stranger Things and seen a few trailers which caught my interest and decided to give it a go. I was not disappointed and watched the whole 8 episodes in the course of 3 days.
A bit of background: On November 6, 1983 in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, 12-year-old Will Byers vanishes mysteriously. Will's frantic mother, Joyce, searches for him while Police Chief Jim Hopper launches his own investigation. Will's friends Dustin, Mike and Lucas discover a psychokinetic girl who claims to know Will's location. As they uncover the truth, a sinister government agency tries to cover it up, while a more insidious force lurks below the surface. Credit: Wikipedia
I would describe it as The Goonies v Alien and that in part explains some of its success. It manages to create nostalgia for all your favourite children’s 80’s films such as the Goonies, E.T. and Stand by Me but with the mature themes of 80’s horror classics such as Alien, The Thing and Poltergeist.
The cast is phenomenal in their performances, from the child actors to the performances by Winona Ryder as Will’s mum Joyce and David Harbour as Jim Hopper the town sheriff.
The soundtrack also deserves a special mention. Just like the constant references to 80’s life in the show, the soundtrack also takes you back to the 80’s with its blend of synthesiser and songs like The Clash – Should I Stay or Should I Go.
This a true modern classic and is certainly up there with True Detective and Lost. If you have fond memories of the 80’s, then this show will take you back.
If you’re intrigued, then here’s the first 8 minutes to get you hooked:
You can sign up for a Netflix 1 month free trial at Netflix and the great news is that the show has been approved for a second season to premiere in 2017
When you’ve watched the show, let me know your thoughts in the comments below.