Stranger Things – The Netflix Original series based on a book came out on Netflix in July of 2016. I recently have just begun to watch it and yes, I know I’m late, but it is one of the best shows I have seen on Netflix and I am here to tell you why I think it's so freakin' great.
It is a little “strange” at times, hence the title Stranger Things, but the show is absolutely fantastic. With it's amazing character choices, hokey, but interesting story line, and the idea that there is another world – similar to our own but with a sinister spin on what we’ve always known to be, it makes for a crazy rollercoaster of love, hate, anger, intrigue, and happiness all in one.
Opening with the disappearance of Will Byers (played by Noah Schnapp), a young boy who is taken by what the other boys call a “Demogorgon,” and brought into what is known in the show as “the upside down,” an alternate universe of our world. Not only is Will taken, but a young girl, Eleven (played by Millie Bobbie Brown), is discovered by the three friends of Will, who were looking for him but found her instead. The boys, Mike, Lucas and Dustin find Eleven and discover that she can do things – that she has telekinetic powers.
Eleven is an escaped "patient" from “Hawkins Laboratory” in the town of Hawkins where all the boys live. Hawkins Laboratory is run by the cruel Dr. Martin Brenner, who is taking children and using them as experiments for Project MKUltra which is loosely shown in Stranger Things. Mike, Lucas, and Dustin team up with Eleven in attempts to find Will, who is stuck in the upside down - the gate of which was opened accidentally by Eleven because of the things Dr. Brenner was making her do.
The first season of Stranger Things is full of new relationships between characters, friendships blossoming, hearts breaking, tears of sadness and happiness and so much more. You follow Mike in his relationship with Eleven, you follow Joyce and Johnathan (Will's mother and brother), in an attempt to find their missing Will, you follow Dustin and Lucas along with Mike and Eleven in the hopes of also getting Will back. You follow Nancy (Mike's sister) in her quest to find Barbara, her best friend who was also taken into the upside down by the Demogorgon, and sorry to spoil, but is eventually killed before she is able to be pulled out, spoiler again, like Will is eventually.
In the span of two days, I have watched all eight episodes of ST season one, and while writing this article am currently five episodes into season two. I seriously recommend this show to anyone who likes mysteries, and definitely if you like science fiction. You should go for Stranger Things as your next Netflix binge.