Release year: 2016
Creators: The Duffer brothers (Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer)
Status: Season 1 (2016), Season 2 (2017), Season 3 (premiere 2018)
Cast: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown
Yes, I am late by a year to watch this great TV series, but as people said, better late then never 😛
Stranger Things is a Netflix original series which released on July 2016. Taking a set in fictional rural town of Hawkins during 1980s, the first season of this series was focusing on the investigation and searching of a missing boy, Will Byers (Noah Schnapp). It was a regular day for Will and his friends: Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard), Lucas Sinclair (Caleb McLaughlin) and Dustin Henderson (Gaten Matarazzo). The four boys had been playing Dungeons and Dragons (got to find out what game this is about!) at Mike’s house for 10 hours straight before being told to go home since it was already late. In his way back, Will encountered something which prevented him to reach home that night.
The absence of Will only realized in the following day when his mom, Joyce (Winona Ryder), was about to wake him up in the morning. Joyce then frantically requested investigation to Jim Hopper (David Harbour), the chief of police department in Hawkins. While the investigation process ongoing, the other boys decided to find Will by themselves. That’s when they encountered a little girl with shaved head, lost and frightened because she’s being chased by bad guys. Little did the boys know that she will be the key to all mysteries which would come later in the story.
I just finished watching Season 1 marathon yesterday and my very first thought was: give me back Eleven! I fell in love to this character so much, not only because she has the power (girrrlll powerrrr…. yeah!!), but because she is growing beautifully as a child and as a person. Millie Bobby Brown portrayed this character so well, I ended up believing Eleven since the very first time of her appearance.
Badass Eleven – love her!
There are couple of things that I enjoyed from this series:
- The plot: I simply love it. When I first read the brief synopsis of this series, I was thinking that it sounded quite familiar and not entirely new. It reminded me a bit to X-files, so I was not sure what to expect. The Duffer brothers offered me more: it had the flavor of X-files and ET without copying any aspect of both movies. I was infatuated and could not stop watching the episodes, wondering where the direction will go
- The setup: Rural areas in the 1980s became the perfect set for this series. If I recall, it was also the time when movies about science fiction and supernatural stuffs were booming, particularly in US.
- The characters: It’s kind of funny, but somehow I like most of the characters in this series. Obviously, Eleven and the boys are the ones I like the most. They were what you expected from a group of curious teenagers with very normal friendship (lots of arguments yet ready to support each other whenever required). Hopper stole my attention once he became himself and did things with his ways. I even like Steve (boyfriend of Nancy, Mike’s older sister) because he was honest and nice, even though sometimes he acted stupidly (lol).
- The cast: I really love Millie Bobby Brown and David Harbour in this series. I think they did a very good job since the first episode and I expect they will do the same in the second season
- The sound and music: It has enough spookiness without making you jump from your chair every time the monster appears in the screen
Kudos for the Duffer brothers who have successfully written and directed this series. They prepared a great start for this story and I am looking forward to what they will offer next. Overall, I can say that this is one of the best TV series I have watched so far (to be fair, I have not watched many TV series in the last two years). I will start the second-season-marathon shortly and post my review afterward.
My rate: 4 out of 5 stars