With the countless varieties of television shows available, it can be difficult to find a show that really stands out and grabs the attention of its viewers. Even more rare is to find a television show that captivates you from beginning to end. Netflix’s Original “Stranger Things” just so happens to be one of those shows.
**Caution: Mild Spoilers Ahead**
Stranger Things is such a rare show. From the opening scene, through until the final moments of the last episode, the show creates a familiar and inviting vibe for its viewers. There are so many aspects of the show that are relatable. The picked on boys in school, the confused teenage girl trying to find her way in life, the outcast boy who falls in love with the girl he’ll never be able to be with, even the close-knit small town community.
The shows opening scene starts with the boys in the middle of a captivating Dungeons & Dragons quest. Elements of D&D are riddled throughout the remainder of the show, with constant references being made. The boys even refer to themselves as a party, not a gang or a group. The other dimension demon is referenced as the “Demigog”, a demon that the boys party faces in the beginning of the show.
Winona Ryder plays the mother of Will Byers, a young boy who is taken into another dimension by, at that time, an unknown force. Throughout the entire show, her motherly instincts won’t let her give up that her son is alive, even despite a very moving funeral for Will. Her intuition and unwavering belief in herself are the principal reasons that lead to Wills return alive.
Jim Hopper, portrayed by David Harbour, serves as the Hawkins City Police Chief. His past is one that will tug on any fathers heart strings, losing his only daughter. He lives alone as a washed up cop with an alcohol and substance abuse problem. He receives the call about the missing Will Byers and finds a reason to turn his life around and help someone from suffering the same pain that he has been living with. His transformation from washed up cop to hero is one of the more enjoyable parts of the show.
Probably the best part of the show, in my opinion, is the relationship between Mike, Dustin And Lucas, the Party and Will’s best friends. They stumble upon Eleven in the woods the day after Will disappears. With the addition of a female, Mike begins to become infatuated. That infatuation is noticed by Lucas and Dustin, and puts some strain on their relationship. This relationship is healed, however, as El, the nickname the party gave to Eleven, earns the trust of the party by helping them discover Will. The party goes through a lot, and at the end of the show, they all appear to be stronger for it.
While the finale of the season is quite predictable, it still elicits an emotional response from its viewers: what happened, or may not have happened, to El; the weird bug that Will spit out of his body and the flashback in the bathroom; the relief that Dustin, Mike and Lucas feel when Will wakes up. They also leave a bit of a cliffhanger ending, leaving the show wide open for Season 2, which will be released on Oct 27th, 2017.
Stranger Things is easily one of my top 5 favorite shows, if not top 3. The writing, the actors, the music, the nostalgic television feel, I can’t really find anything about this show to speak negatively about. It is a well done masterpiece of television, and holds true to what has become the expectation from Netflix Original Series. Season 2 has become one of my most anticipated shows of the year.
I give the show 5 Couch Cushions out of 5.