A Spoiler-Free Review of 'Stranger Things'

A Spoiler-Free Review of 'Stranger Things'

Watch it and then watch it some more.

When Stranger Things first premiered on Netflix in July 15, 2016, fast forward a year and a half, it has become a sci-fi phenomenon, with its second season released on October 27, and the confirmation of a third, Stranger Things is showing no signs of slowing down. Set in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, the first season of Stranger Things takes place in 1983, and follows a group of friends, who are trying to find their missing friend Will, who was captured and taken to the "Upside Down." Soon they realize that the thing that took their friend was coming for the rest of the town. With the help of an unlikely ally, they set out to save their friend, and their town from this massive threat. The second season, dubbed Stranger Things 2, is set a year after, mainly follows Will, as he tries to move on from what happened, only to discover that he is being influenced by his visit to the "Upside Down," and they all soon learn that there is an even bigger threat to their lives.

Stranger Things was a sleeper-hit, turned award-winning phenomenon, praised by critics and fans alike, there is no denying that it was a massive success. It also gave most of the child actors their first major role, launching them into the spotlight. Not surprising, Stranger Things received many industry awards and nominations, receiving eighteen nominations for the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, which included nominations for Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Supporting Actor (David Harbour), and Outstanding Supporting Actress (Millie Bobby Brown). It also recieved two Gloden Globe nominations (Best Television Series -- Drama and Best Actress -- Television Series Drama [Winona Ryder]) and three Screen Actors Guild Award nominations two in the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (Millie Bobby Brown and Winona Ryder) as well as winning the award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. Stranger Things also won the first ever MTV Movie & TV Award for TV Show of the year, and Millie Bobby Brown won the award for Best Actor in a TV Show, a gender-neutral category, the first of it's kind.

Though he was not featured much in the first season, Noah Schnapp's portrayal of Will Byers was a key player in the events that transpire, and his character really develops in the second season. Schnapp is a relative newcomer, only having a few roles before booking Stranger Things, but after watching his performance in the second season, there is no doubt that he can stand on his own alongside the rest of the amazing cast.

Not just Noah, but after receiving much acclaim for her performance in the first season, Millie Bobby Brown was better than ever. As the events of season two transpire, we learn more about her past than ever before, and you really see her character come into her own and learn to think for herself, and decide for herself what kind of person she wants to be. Overall, Stranger Things builds off the momentum of season one, but that is not to say that season two doesn't stand on it's own. In Stranger Things 2, we learn more about the characters we already love, and fall in love with new ones, and we really see these people learn from their experiences, and see how what happened in season one affects their life in season two.

If you haven't already watched Stranger Things, I highly suggest that you watch it as soon as you can.

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.

Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.

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Poetry On Odyssey: I was I am

A poem for those struggling with who they were.


it seems almost like a page

in someone else's book now

how there was

a time that i thought

i could have been happy

with someone like you

a million years before

i knew who i was

and that i should mean so much more

than i ever did to you

i almost can't remember

the way you held your elbows or

the way you said the letter o or

the way you told me goodnight

it seems now

that all i can recall

are my relentless tears and

the fear that this was the love

that everyone spoke about

the fear that this

was what id have to live with

for the rest of my life

i remember those late nights

just you and i

you always got what you wanted

i was always too afraid to upset you

looking back i wonder why

i couldnt leave you then

but you kept me

my misery maintained until

i felt like nothing

that night was the record scratch

When I knew my life

Shouldn't be like this.

It wasn't until I finally broke our ties

That I started to remember

Who I am.

But my mind is clear now.

I can remember

How strong I am,

How perfectly happy I am

On my own.

It seems almost like a page

In someone else's book now.

You're finally fading away.

I just wish my scars could fade as quickly.

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