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Stranger Things Review

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Season Two of Stranger Things could not release soon enough.

  The Netflix Original Series released midway through July and as the summer drew to a close, it picked up more and more steam. Now it is easily one of the most talked about shows, so it was impossible for me to not see if it lived up to the hype, which it absolutely did.

  The show takes place in 1983 in the small town of Hawkins, IN. The story kicks off when 12 year old boy Will Byers vanishes under mysterious circumstances.

   Stranger Things is a love letter to the cinematic style and storytelling of films and other pop culture from the 80s, especially the works of Steven Spielberg. It was created by Matt and Ross Duffer and most notably are the parallel classics E.T. and The Goonies; however, a reference to almost every popular feature of the 80s in the Sci-Fi or horror genres are present at some point.

  There was very little I found to be wrong with the show. The acting was brilliant, the premise was creative and spooky. It is beautifully shot and excellently written. The best part has to be the characters.

  There is no clear central protagonist in the story. Instead the plot revolves around the lives of multiple intertwining storyline, with different characters revealing different pieces of the puzzle. Amongst all the subplots one might think that something gets lost in narrative or character development, but that’s simply not the case. Every character is dynamic, showing growth and depth.

  More than that, the characters are honest. They all emotionally react like real people would. This makes it so much easier to become emotionally invested in them on their journey especially when it comes to the kids in the show.

  While I personally don’t have many complaints for Stranger Things, I think it’s important that two think are pretty commonly criticized.

   The first is that some may find the show hard to get into, and while yes, the first episode is mainly exposition, the atmosphere the show created was so enthralling to me that I was instantly hooked.

   The second is that the ending is underwhelming compared to the majesty of the rest of the show. Erik Kain, writer for Forbes Magazine discussed this in his review for the show, saying “Sometimes the journey is so fun that when you reach the destination, you can’t help but feel a little let down.”

    I personally disagree with the assertion that the ending was a let down, but I can’t exactly argue for why I don’t believe it is without spoiling the show, so I won’t argue. Find out for yourself.

    If you haven’t done so already, just put the time aside to watch Stranger Things. There only eight episodes at a little under hour each, so knocking it out is really not a problem. Season two won’t release until 2017, so the time is there.

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