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“Stranger Things” Lives Up to the Hype

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Alex Kelley, Staff Writer

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If you haven’t watched “Stranger Things” on Netflix yet, you really should. It’s without a doubt the best Netflix original show.

There are only 8 episodes. However, Season 1 is the perfect length and leaves just enough room for you to go crazy thinking about season 2. Each episode is very important, And they’re all very interesting and fun to watch.

Set in 1983, in the town of Hawkins,Indiana, 12-year-old Will Byers vanishes mysteriously. 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 dangerous force lurks in the shadows.

Although “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” takes place in California, Will and his friends riding their bikes through the neighborhoods of Hawkins,Indiana, will make you think of the 1982 film involving a boy and his friendly alien. You can definitely see the similarities between the two. However, this isn’t the only similarity. The show uses a lot of 80s culture. The soundtrack is full of some classic 80’s songs, and the ambient soundtrack does a great job at putting the audience on edge when there’s an eerie scene. Even The font in the opening intro is the same as the ones used on some popular Stephen King paperback book covers.

The entire cast is great. But the real highlight of the show is the terrific child actors. The five main child actors are very developed and well thought out, and they play their roles very well. Even Will, who has very little screen time, plays his parts very well. It really feels like he reacts just as a child would if he were in the same situations. The show tends to jump from each group of characters every so often. This provides the ability for the audience to really pick their favorites and also allows little cliff hangers throughout each episode.

As the show goes on you definitely start to notice it getting darker, and somewhat scarier. There are some scenes that could have been pulled straight from a scary movie, and this is where I think the show lacks. The show definitely has some super natural aspects of it, but it never truly explains what or how any of it happened. This just takes away from the overall experience, and it makes you wonder if the creators are just making it up as they go. Of course this is only season one, and maybe all these questions will be answered in season two.

If you haven’t seen “Stranger Things,” watch it; the show certainly lives up to the hype.

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